Her Turn To Cry

an atmospheric, gripping and moving tale … Sublime. Crime Squad

gripping and tense in all the right places. For me a ‘sit-forward-in-my-seat-because-I’m-totally-engrossed’ page turner  Jenna Medlicott – see more here

I found Her Turn to Cry an addictive page-turner, as Joycie develops and eventually blooms into her true self. With incredible suspense, excellently-drawn characters and a thrilling plot, I would highly recommend this to readers of crime and psychological thrillers. Bookmuse review – more here

An atmospheric suspense … Chris Curran spins a good yarn. Full review at  Izzy Reads


Sunday Express – Summer Reads – Jake Kerridge
 Curran’s cunning debut novel is the story of Clare, a woman recently released from prison after causing the deaths of several members of her family while driving under the influence of drugs. But Clare did not knowingly take the drugs that were found in her system and her quest to find out what really happened on that fateful day is truly gripping.


Bookmuse – Liza Perrat, author of Spirit of Lost Angels and Wolfsangel :

The dark, compelling and intriguing story of Claire, who has no memory of the car accident of five years beforehand, in which she killed her husband, father and one of her twins.

Now released from prison, Claire wants to reconnect with her surviving son and try and find a clear pathway through the muck of misery and remorse that plagues her. However, Claire soon discovers that delving into her past might not be such a good idea.

In heart-rending scenes the author has excellently drawn the characters of Claire and her son, Tom, throughout this moving story, which builds up to a surprising ending. I would highly recommend this novel for readers who enjoy excellently-narrated, dark and thrilling crime mysteries.

JJ Marsh author of The Beatrice Stubbs series – This is a cut above the average crime novel. Yes, there’s a completely gripping plot which takes switchback turns until it reaches a thrilling peak. Yet it has a literary feel with psychological insights, complex relationships and a wonderful rootedness in the setting. Hastings and its beaches play a full role alongside the characters.

I loved everything about this book, but have to single out the author’s incredible knack for observing detail.
Clare, our central protagonist, has just been released from prison and her observations of daily life as an ‘alien’ are remarkably well-drawn, causing the reader to stop and think ‘How would I feel?’

Contrast this thoughtful and hypnotic start to the incredibly tense ending which leaves an echo reverberating like a cannon shot. I’m still thinking about it now. Rich cast, believable characters, powerful premise, lovely prose and proof that crime fiction can be intelligent and pulse-racing.


I love a story in which you’re not sure it the protagonist is telling the truth or not

Lucy V Hay’s top 10 unreliable narrators Crime Book Junkie


A moving and completely absorbing mystery that raises questions about family, morality and truth. Great characters and refreshing in how we are positioned to judge them. Top mystery thriller.


a plot that unfurls at just the right pace to make it a classic ‘page turner’.


I recommend Mindsight. It’s a brilliant debut and I assure you, you won’t be able to put it down.


a really original thriller with an intriguing plot line unlike any I have read before. I just could not put it down. A fantastic read.


The author ramps up the tension, sending both her protagonist and reader down dark alleys and dead ends, culminating in a truly exciting and satisfactory denouement!


A great debut by Chris Curran – an author to watch.

Really, really, really enjoyed this book. Brilliant. Loved the characters, great twists and turns. Want more please. (Good Reads)
What a great read this was: compelling, well-written and absorbing. The twists and turns of the plot were well balanced by strong, believable characters – the mother’s grief was well-drawn, and so were her relationships with her sister and son, and the people she met after being released from prison. I loved the seaside setting too, and felt like I was there.
Fantastic debut, can’t wait for more.

Sometimes I read a book and it affects me more than most words or people do. This happened here. I empathised with the main character and could draw parallels with my own life (which h as been slightly less dramatic but with similar themes).

It has a great plot that will keep you guessing. There are a lot of red herrings too. The style and the relationships between the characters is spot on. You will find it hard to believe this is a debut novel. It definitely has polish.

I think that there is a new voice in the physiological thriller market and it is one I want to hear more from. I would recommend this book to fans of that genre and those that want a gripping read. (Good Reads)

Great characters within a thrilling suspense novel. (Good Reads)




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