This book tells the nightmare of any crime novel writer: that their crimes come true.

This book tells the nightmare of any crime novel writer: that their crimes come true.
This book tells the nightmare of any crime novel writer: that their crimes come true.

Claire Douglas

Translator: Milo J. Krmpotic

Editorial: Planet

Year of publication: 2024

Can you imagine that the novel you have written and that no one knows yet, only your closest environment and the publisher, comes true? And that text talks about a serial killer who tattoos his victims with a praying mantis as soon as he kills them?

Claire Douglasthe British journalist who dreamed of being a novelist since she was little, returns to bookstores with The last crime of the writer Emilia Ward, a crime novel that brings together all the imaginable resources of the genre, turning its reading into a hurricane of emotions.

The writer Emilia Ward, protagonist of this thriller, experiences in the first person a concatenation of events that she herself has written

The writer Emilia Ward, protagonist of this thriller, experiences in the first person a series of events that she herself has written in the manuscript of her latest novel, in the editing process. In it he tells the story of Inspector Miranda Moody, a veteran expert in solving crimes. But the pages and pages of suspense that Ward has written will haunt her every day. Your fiction becomes realityparagraph by paragraph… letter by letter… crime after crime.

Game of realities

The author proposes a fiction within fiction, a parallelism between the life of the novelist Emilia Ward and that of Inspector Miranda Moody. With the terrible circumstance that the tragedies that one writes for the other end up experiencing in the first person. And all this, furthermore, is told in another book, the one that the reader has in his hands.

Who is using Emilia Ward’s fiction as the perfect script to kill?

Coincidence does not exist. At least not with that level of detail. So who is using Emilia Ward’s fiction as the perfect kill script? To arrive at that answer, if it is reached at any time, the reader is asked a labyrinth of realities with unexpected turns that keep him in suspense until he has no nails left.

Especially when we know that The main victim of Emilia Ward’s new book is Inspector Moody, which leads the writer to think that the murderer is going to come after her. Thus, the relationship between the characters in the novel that she is yet to publish takes on an unexpected meaning for Emilia, when she realizes that the protagonists of her fiction have a close relationship with your inner circle of friends and family. Characters who have names and surnames in their real lives.

The way the book makes you think is addictive to find the relationship between the crimes and the draft of the novel.

The last crime of the writer Emilia Ward It engages with its subtlety, making it a difficult book to park on the nightstand. The way the text makes you think is addictive, making you have to think carefully to find the relationship between the crimes and the draft of the novel. Knowing that this collection of bound pages holds the secret that reveals the truth about those victims, that hides the time between the next tattoo and the murder, makes you unable to stop reading.

Suspense, Claire Douglas’ hallmark, is once again a key part of the plot here. However it was not always so. To get here, Douglas first tried, without so much luck, publishing stories chick lit in the style of the Irish Marian Keyes, mother of that type of narrative close to the genre of the romantic novel.

Letting go of those first times is not easy, which is why Claire Douglas still resorts to those romantic formulas as an oxygen ball with which to momentarily escape the restlessness, anguish and suspense that this book brings.

Going for a new best seller

The thrillers of Claire Douglas are published in more than 15 languages and have appeared on the list of best sellers from the United States, Germany and Italy, while in the United Kingdom, its country, it has been among the best sellers for three years. And until now, there It has sold nearly two million copies.

Its success, backed by sales, has meant that its stories go beyond ink and paper. The number 9 couplehis previous novel, will come to the small screen as a fiction series produced by the United Kingdom’s public television, the BBC.

 
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