Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Spotlight: The Sound by Sarah Alderson

   Book Description:  
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


                                                                             Sarah Alderson
1.Describe your book in 5 words
Gossip Girl meets The Killing
2. What inspired you to write, The Sound?
When I was 17 I nannied on the island of Nantucket, just off the coast from Boston. I had a very fun time - hanging out with lots of private school kids going to beach parties and also meeting some locals. My memories inspired the location and some of the characters. I write thrillers with lots of steamy romance but this was my first contemporary novel (no people with special powers and no demons in this one) so I started it off with some deep dark secrets and then threw in a serial killer just to really keep readers on their toes and to up the ante.
3. Favorite scene to write?
Ren the main character is one of my favourites. I think readers will really love her. She's a music blogger and her Englishness is the perfect contrast to the preppy prepster types she starts to hang around with. She's more Topshop / Thriftstore than Ralph Lauren and she's very down to earth and endearing. I have two favourite scenes. The first is the scene where Ren first meets Jesse, the local bad boy who works in the bike shop and who plays guitar like a god. And the second was the epilogue which made me laugh out loud and grin from ear to ear when I read it back.
4. Most anticipated book/s to read this year?
I so wish it was the third Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but I hear that won't be out until 2014 alas. So I'll say Dark Triumph by Robin LeFevers. I loved Grave Mercy. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9943270-dark-triump

  5. Favorite Ice cream flavor?
My daughter and I sneak off regularly to our favourite ice cream shop in the whole of Bali (Gaya), sometimes even for breakfast. It's proper Italian gelato and we always get the passionfruit sorbet and the chocolate. 


  1. Great interview! Some of my favourite YA thrillers + serial killer stories are CLARITY & THE BODY FINDER. I love Sarah's books and so The Sound sounds like a perfect read to me:)

  2. A bad boy who works in the bike shop and plays a guitar? Well now I want to read this even more! Thanks for sharing. ;) I love the cover for this one!

  3. Anonymous11:15 AM

    I WANT. This sounds epic. Who doesn't like a bad boy guitarist? Thanks for sharing :D

  4. How have I not heard of this book until now?! I want it!!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

  5. Anonymous2:00 PM

    Ren sounds awesome! I sometimes wish I had a music blog. And I'm a huge fan of Top Shop! And italian gelato is always a great choice. Great interview! The Sound seems like a cool read. :-)

  6. Wow, "Gossip Girl meets The Killing" is a pretty convincing pitch. I think this is a must-read for me. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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