Angels of Mercy dealing with death
Nurses are useful people for a thriller writer to know. The Angels of Mercy save patients’ lives, but in doing so, they learn a lot about death. Valerie Keogh, a former nurse turned author, says she’s never committed murder. The Irish crime writer does enjoy finding creative ways to kill in her psychological thrillers, however.
Missing, presumed dead
Valerie’s latest book, The Lodger, features two characters who are missing, presumed dead. At least that is Leigh Simon’s fear, when both her creepy boss and hip young lodger disappear without trace.
Leigh is a go-getting young woman who has secured a high-flying job in the City of London. The City is notorious for paying handsome salaries to smart people and giving them boring work to do. This is true in the case of Leigh, a Cambridge maths graduate, whose skills are under-utilised in her role as a trader. The job is dull, its pressures exacerbated by her middle-aged boss’s lechery. Leigh fights back, only to find to her horror that he has vanished, pleading stress. Has she sent him over the edge? Another event unsettles Leigh even more. In an act of kindness, she has rented her spare room to Gina, a girl she hardly knows. Then Gina moves out suddenly, leaving a cryptic note behind. Yet someone is visiting the house, eating Leigh’s food and drinking her wine. Leigh decides it’s time to track Gina down…
Suspense, twists and murder
Valerie Keogh writes convincingly of a fearful woman, gradually falling apart, doubting herself and others. The pages crackle with suspense. Of course, there is a murder – a suitably colourful one – but there are plenty of twists before we discover who, and why, and what has happened to the lodger.
If you enjoy a mystery amplified by twists and cliffhangers, you’ll love my latest suspense thriller, Lies at Her Door. Shy Lucy has spent her life in her brother’s shadow. When the spotlight of accusation shines down on her, can she clear her name? Or will the hunt for chilling secrets send her to her doom?