I’m always thrilled when I can feature authors I’ve actually met in real life so it gives me enormous pleasure to welcome back Rebecca Bradley to Linda’s Book Bag today. Rebecca has previously written a couple of wonderful guest posts for me; one on A Sense of Place that you can read here when Made To Be Broken was published and another about Consequences when Three Weeks Dead was released that you can read here.
Today I’m staying in with Rebecca to hear about her latest book.
Staying in with Rebecca Bradley
Welcome back to Linda’s Book Bag, Rebecca. Lovely to see you here again. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
Thank you for inviting me to stay in with you, Linda. I have brought Dead Blind with me. Dead Blind is the most recent of my novels and was only released on 8th May. This book means a lot to me because both the main character, DI Ray Patrick and I have had to deal with life-altering medical conditions that have affected our time in the police service. Ray’s desire to stay in the job was a need I felt but was unable to fulfil. But I was able to put my emotions into the page.
(I know you’ve struggled with your health Rebecca so I’m thrilled for you that you’re able to write such great books. Congratulations on Dead Blind.)
What can we expect from an evening in with Dead Blind?
As well as being a crime novel Dead Blind is also a very character driven book as we are with Ray as he struggles to cope with his face blindness in the work environment and in his personal relationships. He’s keeping a huge secret and it takes a toll on him. He’s desperate to resolve the situation he feels he has put the team in but he doesn’t quite know how to do it and he’s backed himself into a corner by not coming clean in the first place. In reading this story you will be in for a tense evening, so if you fancy a page-turning read, with characters you care about, then this might be the book for you.
(I certainly do fancy a page-turner with characters I can invest some emotional response into. Dead Blind sounds just my kind of read.)
What else have you brought along and why?
I’ve bought the old game of Guess Who from the 80s. Ray might not be able to recognise faces but I’m sure he could play a game of Guess Who – after all, he can identify individual characteristics on a face, like a moustache or spectacles, he just can’t put the face together and put a name to it and luckily with Guess Who the names are written on the cards! 🙂
(And now you’ve made me feel very old Rebecca! Guess Who is after my time so I’ve never played. I think we should settle down to a game and put that right immediately.)
Thanks so much for staying in with me Rebecca, to introduce Dead Blind. And congratulations on this latest novel.
How do you identify a ruthless killer when you can’t even recognise your own face in a mirror?
Returning to work following an accident, Detective Inspector Ray Patrick refuses to disclose he now lives with face blindness – an inability to recognise faces.
As Ray deceives his team he is pulled into a police operation that targets an international trade in human organs. And when he attempts to bring the organisation down, Ray is witness to a savage murder.
But it’s a killer he will never remember.
The pressure mounts as Ray attempts to keep his secret and solve the case alone. With only his ex-wife as a confidant, he feels progressively isolated.
Can he escape with his career and his life intact?
Dead Blind is available for purchase here.
About Rebecca Bradley
Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective. She lives in the UK with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis, in her writing of course.
She writes the DI Hannah Robbins police procedural series and has also released a standalone novel, Dead Blind, about a cop who acquires prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness.