Author Amanda Robson talks OBSESSION with Jewels

Jewels:  Congratulations on your fabulous book dealing with disturbed, impetuous characters! It is my favorite read of the summer!

Amanda Robson:  Thank you for your very kind words. I was thrilled to read your review.

J:  OBSESSION goes deep into marital relationships as well as mental illnesses. How long did you research the various issues before starting to write? 

AR:  I have been listening to friend’s problems over the years and empathising. Also, a very close friend of mine has just retired as a Relate counsellor, so all in all it has been a long term observational interest rather than anything I had to research specifically.

J:    How long did it take to write the book?

AR:  I had been writing a piece of historical fiction for many years which took a lot of research and re- drafting. I just missed getting it published and was so disappointed. The idea of Obsession suddenly popped into my head and so I decided to go for it and change genre. Writing a psychological thriller came to me much more naturally than historical fiction.  Obsession only took me six months.

J:   I find it fascinating that you previously co-authored a medical book on cyanide poisoning. When did you realize you wanted to write fiction?

AR:   I wanted to write fiction from being a teenager. I always loved writing poetry too. But because of my early scientific career and bringing up my children, writing a novel never got a look in. A few pieces of poetry for private consumption was the best I could do. It wasn’t until my children were late teenagers that I really felt I had the time. When I saw their lives moving forwards and mine stagnating, I realized this was the time to take control and do what I had always wanted to do.  

J:  I read that you wanted to be an actress in another life. Who would you like to see act in the role of Carly if OBSESSION was made into a movie (fingers crossed!)?

AR:  I would love Scarlett Johansson to play Carly, as she is so interesting and versatile. Scarlett Johanssan has a very expressive face, which is exactly how I imagine Carly.  

J:   Yes! I 100% agree! Scarlett Johansson would be absolutely perfect as the gorgeous, blonde, funny and intense Carly!

J:  I saw that one of your favorite contemporary authors is Chimamanda Ngozi. I loved AMERICANAH! Which of her books is your favorite and why?

AR:  Americanah is my favourite too.  It is so sharply and evocatively written, and the main character is so well drawn. I think it is a book of importance, challenging the West’s attitudes to race in a very haunting way.  The way Ngozi describes in detail the thoughts and feelings of a few characters, so that I can imagine their situation, rather than being bulldozed by statistics, works for me in a very powerful way.   

J:  Were you influenced by any other current authors in the mystery/suspense/thriller genre?

AR:  Definitely. I loved Gone Girl and Girl on a Train. Didn’t everybody?

J:  Yes, I certainly did! Both books are in my TWISTER HALL OF FAME!

J:   Without spoiling the ending for readers, OBSESSION does have a quite shocking one. How many various endings did you imagine for the book? Or was it always going to be the final product?

AR:  I did have another ending. But I changed it so that the reader could have more empathy with one of the characters. Guess which one?

J:   Hahaha! Yes I think I know which character you mean. And the ending definitely works! It is realistic, plausible and shocking. The best kind of plot twist.

J:  Please tell me you are working on a new book! If so, can you say anything about it yet?

AR:  I have just finished the second edit of my next book Guilt. It is another domestic thriller, in which two sisters get into a bad situation with the same man.

J:  I can’t wait to read GUILT, Amanda! Thank you so much for taking time out of your schedule to visit with me. Congratulations on OBSESSION!

Available on Amazon Now! Obsession: The bestselling psychological thriller perfect for summer reading

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Amanda Robson, author of OBSESSION. See my review of OBSESSION here.

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OBSESSION

5/5 stars

  • Author: Amanda Robson
  • Publication date: 5.4.2017
  • Avon Books

Armchair psychologists, REJOICE! This is your book! Take out your pen and paper because your skills are needed to DIAGNOSE a mental patient.  The only issue is to decide WHICH character is mentally obsessive and potentially homicidal. 

This book is so deliciously dark, I’m tempted to say something corny like “Your only obsession will be with this novel.” I would never say that.

BUT IT IS SO FREAKIN’ GOOD! I could not do anything else except glue my eyeballs to every page until I finished it off. Whew! You lucky reader, this mental rollercoaster awaits you. This is my kind of book, a deep character study and a sense of dread coming with each plot turn. You have no idea how this will end, but you know it is not going to be a happy one.

The novel starts innocently enough when Carly drunkenly asks her husband “Who else would you go for, if you could?” Oh Carly. Why did you ever have to ask that question? Rob’s answer is like a dagger to her heart and brain. The die is cast, fates are sealed, destiny is determined. An obsession starts growing roots.

The story is presented from each of the four character’s P.O.V.  The chapters are short, but the book is long. Get ready to go in deep. Scandalous, frightening innermost thoughts are revealed and it’s not pretty. Downright uncomfortable. I find it so fascinating to compare a person’s thoughts with their contrasting behavior.

It’s been awhile since I read a psychological suspense that contained so many graphic sex scenes. But I didn’t find it to be gratuitous, since one of the characters suffers from a sex addiction and it is pertinent to telling the story.  I just point it out as a minor warning if you don’t want to read sex. Besides sex and drug addiction, you may be surprised to find yourself reading quite a bit about God and religion, medical professions, and child rearing. Listen, I told you! This book goes deep. No subject is too sensitive or off-limits for this author to tackle.

I’m really excited, if you couldn’t tell, to recommend this book about two couples with a “schizophrenic” relationship between all four members. Just when you think you know who is obsessing, who is the unreliable narrator, who is just an ordinary flawed human, you have to start all over again because until the very last page, you don’t know for sure.

This is Amanda Robson’s phenomenal debut novel. It has been the #1 e-book all summer in the U.K., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. The US publication is scheduled for September 19, 2017. Many thanks to Harper Collins for allowing me to read the ARC via Edelweiss. Opinions are mine.

About The Author (taken from her website)

After graduating, Amanda Robson worked in medical research at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine, and at the Poison’s Unit at Guy’s hospital where she became a co-author of a book on cyanide poisoning.

This has set her in good stead for writing her debut novel, Obsession, a dark and twisted tale about love affairs gone wrong.

Amanda attended the Faber Academy writing course in 2011, and now writes from home full time. She lives in London and Wales, with her lawyer husband, one–eyed dog and unfriendly cat. Her two sons, also lawyers, have more or less, fled the nest.

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