Shirley Steadman, a 70 year old living in a small town in the North East of England, loves her volunteer work at the local hospital radio. She likes giving back to the community, and even more so, she likes getting out of the house. Haunted by the presence of her son, a reluctant Royal Navy officer who was lost at sea, and still in the shadow of her long dead abusive husband, she doesn’t like being alone much.
One day, at the radio station, she is playing around with the equipment and finds a frequency that was never there before. It is a pirate radio station, and as she listens as the presenter starts reading the news. But there is one problem – the news being reported is tomorrows. Shirley first thinks it is a mere misunderstanding – a wrong date. But she watches as everything reported comes true. At first, Shirley is in awe of the station, and happily tunes in to hear the news.
But then the presenter starts reporting murders – murders that happen just the way they were reported.
And Shirley is the only one who can stop them.
When I started reading Half Past Tomorrow, I kept thinking that it reminded me of something I had seen/read before. It wasn’t until the middle of the night (several days after I’d finished reading it!) that it suddenly came to me! For anyone younger than 50, it won’t mean anything to you but I remembered a book I’d read as a child called A Billion For Boris (which was the follow up to Freaky Friday) where a repaired tv set suddenly started to show programmes from 24 hours in the future! The children used the information to get up to no good but it was all good clean fun-NOT at all like this rather dark and disturbing thriller! Who is broadcasting on the radio frequency that is picked up by Shirley? But more importantly, how do they know what is going to happen the next day before it happens? And mark my words, these premonitions ARE coming true!
Shirley is a sympathetic character-hardworking and empathetic, she realises that she’s the only one attempting to prevent the deaths that are being predicted from happening. But there’s something else happening in Shirley’s life that may make her an unreliable witness. The plot was a little confusing to begin with for me but the further Shirley ventured into the community to stop the deaths of her friends and neighbours, it began to become more important to me to understand just what the hell was going on! Due to such an unusual storyline I kept looking for a solution that made sense but as soon as I just relaxed into the plot and took it step by step, the more I enjoyed it. And by the last page I was completely invested in the characters and their lives, and glad to have all the answers to my questions…well, most of them anyway!
Chris McGeorge has really taken this genre to another level with his entertaining and cleverly twisty plots. A gripping mystery to solve-good luck!
Chris McGeorge is a graduate of MA Creative Writing (Crime/Thriller) from City University London where he wrote debut thriller Guess Who as his thesis. He told stories from an early age, writing and drawing comics and then scripts and finally novels. He loves Golden Age crime and gets incredibly excited about anything a little out of the ordinary. In his spare time, he is an actor with Durham Dramatic Society.
He lives in Durham with his hamster, Agatha Christie.