Saturday, 16 March 2013
Through Dead Eyes is now published by Bloomsbury. I have had copies of the book for a while now and I have already moved on in my mind, editing the next book and writing the one after that. But publication day is still very exciting. Any writer who doesn't find it exciting is possibly in the wrong business.
So what is Through Dead Eyes about? I have already said a little about how and why I came to write it, but I have said very little about the plot.
The story concerns a teenage boy - Alex - who visits Amsterdam with his father. His father is a writer and in the city hoping to get his history of Amsterdam during the Second World War made into a documentary series. But we quickly learn that there are complications.
Alex's parents have separated and Alex has not adapted well. He has had some trouble at school and he and his father are doing their best to avoid talking about it. Added to which his father's editor in Amsterdam - Saskia - is an old girlfriend from his university days. Saskia's daughter, Angelien is roped into being Alex's guide whilst Saskia and Alex's father talk business.
Angelien is older than Alex, intelligent and attractive. They become closer as they start to investigate the mystery behind a strange Japanese mask Alex feels compelled to buy at an antiques market, and Alex starts to fall for her - despite the attentions of her aggressive boyfriend.
The mask has something to do with Alex's sense that he is not alone in his hotel room. When he puts it on he sees the world as it was in the seventeenth century. More than that, he sees the world through the eyes of the girl who used to wear it - a girl called Hanna.
And it is a very dark world indeed. . .