Thursday, 4 February 2016

No longer Safe - A J Waines - psychological thriller

I'm delighted to welcome to the blog today author A J Waines writer of several acclaimed psychological thrillers.

She has sold over 100,000 books worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, she is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in France, Germany (Penguin Random House) and USA (audiobooks). 

In 2015, she was featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and was ranked in the Top 20 UK authors on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). She lives in Southampton, UK, with her husband. Visit her website and blog, or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

I love a good psychological thriller and have been eagerly awaiting publication of her latest new book No Longer Safe on 4th February.

She has written this interesting article about writing psychological thrillers:

" Writing Psychological Thrillers seems an obvious choice for me, having spent fifteen years as a Psychotherapist! In the past, I’ve been privileged to work with ex-offenders from high-security institutions in the UK, as well as with ‘ordinary’ individuals, like you and me, who make mistakes, tell lies or keep secrets - with disastrous consequences. All in all, my experience has given me an amazing insight into what drives people to commit crimes - and even to kill someone…

So what makes a Psychological Thriller?

For me, the jeopardy in the story comes from the ‘inside-out’, rather than from the ‘outside-in’, so that the characters are exposed to danger on a mental level, rather than (or as well as!) a physical one. The plot usually centres around the  hidden unreliability or instability of characters in the story, with tortuous situations threatening either themselves or others. This kind of mystery allows the reader to get right inside the minds of key players to try to anticipate how they might handle certain dilemmas and tempts the reader towards trying to figure out what the true motives are.

In No Longer Safe, nothing is what it seems… There are twists and turns along the way, blindsiding the reader with actions and behaviours pulled out of the bag by various characters. A big shock at the end is pretty much de rigueur in psych thrillers. I love to knock my readers sideways – and there’s certainly a delicious sting in the tail in this novel!! "

What Advance Reviewers are saying about No Longer Safe:

‘…a disturbing psychological thriller that will resonate in your mind for many days to come. You will not forget this novel! It is that good.’ 5 stars, Sue Leonhardt, Goodreads

‘With tight and tense characters, No Longer Safe is a "Hair Standing on End" thriller that pushes the boundaries of deception and fear!’ 5 stars, Jennifer Giradin, Goodreads

‘I don't know how this authors does it, I don't know where she dreams up her stories, but she really does entertain me for hours.’ 5 stars, Sue Ward, Goodreads

Here's the blurb which has got me really excited ....

She was your best friend. Now she’s your deadliest enemy – and there’s nowhere to run…

When Alice receives an invitation from Karen, her charismatic University friend, to stay in a remote cottage in Scotland, she can’t wait to rekindle their lost friendship. But two more former students arrive – never friends of Alice’s – and as the atmosphere chills, Karen isn’t the warm-hearted soulmate Alice remembers. Barely is the reunion underway before someone is dead and the fragile gathering is pushed to breaking point.

As the snow cuts them off from civilisation and accusations fly, Alice finds herself a pawn, sinking deeper into a deadly game she can’t escape.

NO LONGER SAFE is a chilling Psychological Thriller that delivers a delicious sting in the tail.


  1. Thank you so much, Janet, for taking the time to feature me, today!

  2. Hi! I enjoyed Girl on a Train and hadn't realised AJ Waines had a new book out. Thanks for the info - I look forward to reading it.


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