I’m delighted to be part of the launch celebrations for The Perfect Victim by Corrie Jackson because I love a thriller. Today I’m very excited to be bringing you a guest post from Corrie as she interviews her protagonist Sophie Kent.
The Perfect Victim is published tomorrow, 16th November 2017, by Bonnier Zaffre and is available for purchase here.
The Perfect Victim
Husband, friend, colleague . . . killer?
Charlie and Emily Swift are the Instagram-perfect couple: gorgeous, successful and in love. But then Charlie is named as the prime suspect in a gruesome murder and Emily’s world falls apart.
Desperate for answers, she turns to Charlie’s troubled best friend, London Herald journalist, Sophie Kent. Sophie knows police have the wrong man – she trusts Charlie with her life.
Then Charlie flees.
Sophie puts her reputation on the line to clear his name. But as she’s drawn deeper into Charlie and Emily’s unravelling marriage, she realises that there is nothing perfect about the Swifts.
As she begins to question Charlie’s innocence, something happens that blows the investigation – and their friendship – apart.
Now Sophie isn’t just fighting for justice, she’s fighting for her life.
Who Is Sophie Kent?
A Guest Post by Corrie Jackson
The Perfect Victim is the second thriller starring crime reporter, Sophie Kent. With killer instincts and a razor-sharp mind, she’s proven herself a force to be reckoned with. But what makes Sophie tick? This questionnaire sheds light on the star journalist…
Describe your appearance in three words.
Blonde. Pocket. Rocket. (I’m 5’2”!)
What does your business card say?
Crime Desk, The London Herald
Who are your parents?
My father, Antony Kent is the founder and CEO of Kent Industries. You know the type. Bullish. Old-school. Regularly appears in the Business section of the broadsheets. My mother, Kathy, is…a stay-at-home mum. Not in the cosy sense.
Are you married?
God, no. Single.
Which living person do you most admire?
Journalist Edna Buchanan. She ruled Miami’s police beat for two decades and won a Pulitzer prize in 1986. Edna once said: People who say, ‘Let me tell you the truth, won’t. When they say ‘Trust me,’ don’t.’ These words are on a Post-It Note stuck to my computer.
What’s your best trait?
And your worst?
Not knowing when to quit (professionally and personally!)
What’s your greatest achievement?
I don’t know. I haven’t done it yet.
You’re in a bar: what’s your poison?
Whatever’s nearest…I’m fickle.
Name one thing people don’t know about you?
My middle name is Imogen, after the Jilly Cooper novel. My mother is a devotee.
Sum yourself up in a hashtag?
What do you dislike most in the world?
Injustice. And bad grammar.
What’s your most-treasured memory?
Climbing the large oak tree in the garden of my childhood home with my little brother, Tommy. I’d make up stories and we’d sit there for hours. Tommy’s wide-eyed curiosity spurred me on to become a better storyteller. I have him to thank for the path I’ve taken.
What’s your favourite hang-out?
The Anchor & Hart; an old man’s pub round the back of the London Herald in Kensington. It’s where all the Herald journos let off steam.
Do you ever lie?
What kind of question is that?
What takes pride of place in your house?
My London Herald printing plate. Every reporter is awarded the printing plate of their first front page. I’ve hung mine in the downstairs loo!
What one thing would you change about your appearance?
I wish I didn’t look so much like my father.
Best piece of advice?
Always know the line. If you can’t sum your article up in one sentence, you haven’t nailed it. My editor, Philip Rowley, told me that on my first day at the Herald.
Where would you like to live?
Exactly where I do. Bywater Street, London.
Who or what do you love most?
My brother, Tommy.
What do you consider the lowest depths of misery?
What’s your biggest regret?
That I couldn’t prevent Tommy’s death.
When and where are you happiest?
At my computer, in the grip of a good story, fingers flying. Speaking of which, I’ve got work to do!
About Corrie Jackson
Corrie Jackson has been a journalist for fourteen years and has worked at Harpers Bazaar, The Daily Mail, Grazia and Glamour. After a sunny two-year stint freelancing in Los Angeles, she is now coming to terms with the weather in Surrey, England where she lives with her husband and two children.
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