Release day: You Think You Know Me
Today is the official release of You Think You Know Me by Clare Chase (ebook, Choc Lit Publishing). Here’s the blurb:
Freelance journalist, Anna Morris, is struggling to make a name for herself, so she’s delighted to attend a launch event for a hip, young artist at her friend Seb’s gallery.
But an exclusive interview isn’t all Anna comes away with. After an encounter with the enigmatic Darrick Farron, she is flung into the shady underground of the art scene – a world of underhand dealings, missing paintings and mysterious deaths …
Seb is intent on convincing Anna that Darrick is up to no good but, try as she might, she can’t seem to keep away from him. And as she becomes further embroiled, Anna begins to wonder – is Seb’s behaviour the well-intentioned concern of an old friend, or does he have something to hide?
Clare dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
What would you do if you fell for a man on sight, only to find he’d lied to you about his identity? That’s the situation Anna’s faced with at the start of You Think You Know Me. The connection she feels with the stranger is instant and powerful. She’s on an emotional high, but then forced to question her instinct. Her head tells her to back off, but her heart’s not having any of it. Allowing him to explain doesn’t seem so unreasonable. Before she knows it, she’s part of a dangerous drama that’s already well under way, and her involvement is no longer optional. The story begins in frenetic London, in a wintery world of bright lights, smart restaurants and parties. But Anna’s search for the truth takes her back into the past, to her old stamping ground in the Lake District, with its dark mountains, lonely roads and isolated cottages. Mobile communications are patchy, darkness falls mid-afternoon, and the inclement weather makes driving treacherous. Anna’s determined to find out who she can trust, but the knowledge comes at a price; transforming her into a threat that can’t be ignored. My mother and brother are both trained artists, and this influenced the theme for the book. It’s a world that’s always held a fascination for me, and it has great potential for a mystery plot, too. In the UK annually, the proceeds from arts and antiques crime are estimated at around £300m, second only to drug dealing. I chose the settings for the novel based on two places I love. I went to university in London and am always fascinated by the colour and the dirt, the crowds and the buzz. The Lake District is the place I escape to most often on holiday. The combination of the water and mountains is incredibly beautiful, but there’s no denying that the terrain is a barrier to a quick escape. When the weather’s bad this accentuates the feeling of threat and isolation. When I stand outside in the dark, looking up at the towering fells, it’s easy to imagine the panic my heroine feels.