Second novel for local author
Cambridge author Nikki Crutchley is gearing up to release her latest book, No One Can Hear You, which hits the shelves on Monday.
Nikki, the author of Nothing Bad Happens Here and Ngaio Marsh finalist for best first novel, is returning to the crime genre for her second book.
No One Can Hear You is about a troubled teen, Faith Marsden, one of several girls abducted from Crawton.
Nikki says the book’s location — a country town known for its picturesque lake and fertile farmland — is based on a mix between Cambridge and Taupo¯ .
“I made up the fictional town of Crawton, an idyllic town with a lake, a bit bigger than Cambridge, where not much happens — until a couple of women go missing and one determined woman makes it her mission to find out what happened to them.”
The inspiration for Nikki’s book came from reading the paper and watching news on missing people.
“I wanted to explore the idea of people going missing who didn’t have anyone that cared enough to report them missing.”
Nikki, who does most of her writing while her two daughters are at school, says the idea and characters for No One Can Hear You were living in her head for about a year before she started writing.
She also admits she loves a classic whodunit and the idea of good and evil and the grey area in between.
“I also like the way contemporary crime fiction explores society and our relationships and prejudices.”
The book launch for No One Can Hear You is at Tivoli Cinema on Sunday, September 23 at 1.30pm. All welcome.
The book will be available at bookshops including Paper Plus outlets in Cambridge, Te Awamutu, The Base and Rototuna. It is also available as an eBook from Amazon.
Cambridge author Nikki Crutchley releases her second book, No One Can Hear You, on Monday.