Already Dead by Jaye Ford
Updated: Feb 6
I was sent an electronic version by the author for my honest opinion. Journalist Miranda Jack is finally attempting to move on from the death of her husband by relocating up the coast with her young daughter, Zoe. Then a single event changes everything. On a Monday afternoon, as she waits at traffic lights, a stranger jumps into her car and points a gun at her chest. Forced to drive at high speed up the motorway, Miranda listens to the frantic, paranoid rants of Brendan Walsh, a man who claims he's being chased and that they're both now running for their lives. Two hours later, her ordeal is over, most shockingly. Miranda is safe, but she can’t simply walk away – not without knowing the truth about that terrifying drive. As a journalist, Miranda has always asked questions. But this time the questions are dangerous – and the answers might get her killed . . . Jaye Ford is an award-winning and bestselling Australian author, although she’s an established author in Australia and New Zealand “Already Dead” is her first international release. To start I have mixed feelings about this book, from the very first pages it's great, with a lot of action scenes describing the carjacking and the way the intruder behaves (very erratic, talking to himself, all the time apologising and looking back like he’s been followed). Following the events after the carjacking Miranda, as a journalist, wants to know what happened, why she was targeted by the carjacker (Brendan) and could it be related to her husband's murder a year before which the police still have no leads what happened. As I said, the beginning is great, but then it slows down and gets a bit boring, but it had enough for me to carry on till the end which thankfully gets better. What isn’t explained is why was her husband killed, maybe for another book, we shall see.
Jaye is the award-winning and bestselling Australian author of five psychological thrillers. Her first novel, Beyond Fear, was the highest-selling debut crime novel in Australia in 2011 and won two Davitt Awards for Best Debut and Readers’ Choice. Her books have been translated into nine languages and will be available to readers in the US, UK and Canada in 2020 (Beyond Fear on sale April 20, pre-order now).
Jaye loves to thrust ordinary women into extraordinary circumstances and make them dig deep to survive. Her thrillers are set in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia, where she lives (and loves to turn into crime scenes).
When she’s not writing, she’s interviewing other authors in libraries and at writers festivals, running writing masterclasses and talking to readers. Occasionally she needs a break from the dark stuff and writes romantic comedy under the pen name Janette Paul.
Before turning to fiction, Jaye was a news and sports journalist, becoming the first woman to host a live national sports show on Australian TV, and later ran her own PR consultancy.
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