The Theakston prize winner on her new novel and police connections
Was there a lot of pressure writing the follow-up to I Let You Go?
The pressure was enormous. No one was saying “You must write a better book,” but it was very obvious I needed to do that. I had a bit of a false start with a story I realised just wasn’t going to be strong enough.
You were a police officer. Did that help with authenticity?
I feel authenticity is something I really notice when I’m reading books, and so I suppose a priority for my books is that I wanted people to really immerse themselves in them and feel as though they absolutely could have happened.
Did you have to do much research?
With I See You, I had to do quite a lot of research because I’ve never worked in the British Transport Police or the Met. But it’s easy when you’re from that world – I had access to serving officers in the flying squad.
Is I See You very different?
The twist in I Let You Go can’t be replicated. I think what probably sets the two books apart is I See You has a much faster pace and it has this very clear single premise: we all do the same thing every day, and imagine if someone was to use that against us. And I’ve always been fascinated by the daily commute.
I See You (Sphere) is out now.