A car lies crashed below a Welsh mountain road. One of the young women inside it is dead, the other badly injured, with no memory of who she is or what just happened. All she has is a bus pass showing her photograph and a name she doesn’t recognise.
As she struggles to recover from her injuries, a startling revelation shatters everything she thought she knew, forcing her into an uneasy alliance with Detective Bronwen Pryce. With danger closing in from all sides, the two women must work together to uncover the truth—even if it kills them.
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I was lucky enough to get a chance to ask Cari a couple of questions about her recent release!
Why did you want to write this book, specifically?
I’d just finished writing a three-book series – the Dark Peak crime novels – and I was in a terrible “I’ll never write anything good again!” funk. I knew I wanted to write something different – different setting, different type of lead character, different tone – so I started with this high-concept idea of a car crash, a dead woman, and a survivor with no memory. I’d never written in first person before, so I did that as well. I rattled off the first couple of chapters no problem, and then thought “oh bloody hell, I need to sort the plot out”, so I had to sit down and plan the damn thing. It turned out beautifully in the end, but that was more luck than judgement.
What do you like best about it?
The narration. I absolutely loved writing in first person, and it suited this book to a tee. There was a real intimacy in being able to get inside the lead character’s head as she’s trying to unravel the mystery she’s caught up in the middle of, and she’s got a sarcastic feistiness about her that was a lot of fun to write.
Can you tell the readers something about Alias that they might not know just from reading the book?
1 I absolutely would get “crag-fast on Crib Goch”, should I ever venture up there.
2 I have swum in Llyn Idwal, the lake where Detective Pryce goes swimming. It’s bloody cold!
3 There’s a big clue on the book’s cover if you read the white letters.
In ten words or less, tell us why we should buy this book?
My wife needs a new pair of hiking boots 😉
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