When aspiring music journalist Ren Kingston takes a job nannying for a wealthy family on the exclusive island of Nantucket, playground for Boston’s elite, she’s hoping for a low-key summer reading books and blogging about bands. Boys are firmly off the agenda.
What she doesn’t count on is falling in with a bunch of party-loving private school kids who are hiding some dark secrets, falling (possibly) in love with the local bad boy, and falling out with a dangerous serial killer…
The gripping new stand-alone novel from the author of Hunting Lila. Out August 2013
*Special thanks to Simon & Schuster for the review copy*
Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and princess-obsessed daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After several months in India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing by the pool and trying to machete open coconuts without severing a limb.
She finished her first novel, Hunting Lila, just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel on the beach in India and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they had reached Bali.
A third book, Fated, about a teenage demon slayer, was published in January 2012.
Watch this space for more young adult thrillers coming soon!
(taken from Sarah’s Goodreads profile).
The Sound is set on the island of Nantucket – why did you choose to set a book there?
I try as much as possible to always set my books in places that I’ve been and, as much as possible, I try to draw on real life experiences (although I write thrillers so admittedly I do embellish reality rather a lot, and furnish reality with the hottest guys my imagination can summon).
When I was 17 I spent the summer nannying in Nantucket, which is a very small island off the coast of Massachusetts. I looked after two small kids, just like Ren, the main character in The Sound. I had a sweet holiday romance there with an American boy and used to cycle around everywhere and went to a lot of beach parties. So I thought it would be a perfect place to set my next book.
Where do you get your ideas from?
The idea developed for The Sound developed from conversations I had with a teenage girl I know who was telling me about life at her school in Colorado. I don’t want to give too much away about the plot suffice to say I was really shocked by some of the things she told me about what went on between the guys and girls and the way some girls were treated.
I’m a total feminist. I want every girl who reads my books to feel empowered as well as entertained. I read a lot of blogs and constantly scour the media for stories. I find myself being inspired every day by things I hear or read about.
Ren, the main character from The Sound is English and an aspiring music journalist – what was it like to write her?
Ren was a total joy. She is probably my favourite protagonist. I really enjoyed writing someone who was English through and through – that ironic humour and self-deprecating nature which is so charming. I have a friend who followed her dream to become a music journalist, so based the character in part on her. Also I listen to music all day as I write so it was fun to write about a blogger who was obsessed with music.
What is the main thing you’d want readers to take from reading The Sound?
Ren is 17 and a virgin and isn’t sure whether she should keep waiting for the one or just go ahead and have sex. I think this is a really common dilemma for girls. I guess I believe wholeheartedly that you should always wait for the right person so I wanted the message to be about that.