A chilling debut for fans of Mo Hayder and Sharon Bolton, THE BINDING SONG takes you on a trip to Halvergate Prison. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to leave…
‘Splendidly unsettling’ John Connolly
Dr Janet Palmer is the new lead psychologist at HMP Halvergate in a remote, bleak area of Norfolk. At first, she was excited by the promotion. Then she starts to see how many secrets are hiding behind the high walls.
A string of inmates have committed suicide, leaving no reasons why, and her predecessor has disappeared – along with his notes. The staff are hostile, the threat of violence is ever-present, and there are rumours of an eyeless woman stalking the corridors, punishing the inmates for their sins.
Janet is determined to find out what is really going on. But the longer she stays and the deeper she digs, the more uncertain she feels.
Halvergate is haunted by something. But it may be a terror worse than ghosts…
Interview with Elodie Harper
What inspired you to write The Binding Song?
It was the combination of a couple of ideas bubbling away. The main inspiration was Norfolk itself – driving through the forest at Elveden in the winter dark, or seeing the mist rise from Halvergate marshes in the early morning, the landscape is so atmospheric it’s asking to be written about. And alongside that, I wanted to write about the emotional fallout of violence because that is what really haunts you as a reporter covering crime.
If any actor could play Dr Janet Palmer in a film/tv adaption who would it be?
Ruth Wilson who played Alice in Luther. She is a fabulous actress, able to portray exactly the combination of vulnerability and edge that I imagine in Janet.
How do you get yourself into the zone to write those creepy scenes?
Haha! Just turn the computer on… Creepiness seems to come naturally to me as a writer.
Favourite quote from the book?
It’s actually the last paragraph, but that would be giving it away! So perhaps I will go for the first line of Chapter 1:
“There’s nothing comfortable about stepping into another person’s shoes, particularly when you don’t know why they were left empty.”
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading ‘The Lucky Ones’ by Mark Edwards which is very creepy! And after that cannot wait to dive into a proof of Sabine Durrant’s latest ‘Take Me In’ I absolutely loved ‘Lie with me.’
Are you working on any projects at the minute that you can share with us?
Proofs of my second book ‘The Death Knock’ have just been printed, so I’m very excited about that! It’s published this July. And I’m writing a third book…. more on that later…