A chance to live her life again.
For 20 years, wealthy socialite Eva Dennehy has borne the guilt of murdering her first husband Charlie, who was planning to leave her for his mistress.
When Eva is offered the opportunity to travel back in time, and undo her crime as penance, she accepts – what does she have to lose? Back in her old life with Charlie, her passion for him surpassed only by her torment at his infidelity, she is more determined than ever to prevent him from leaving her.
But her plan plunges her into a world of crime and depravity, and she soon discovers she has even more to lose this time around.
This taut, gritty novel about jealousy, betrayal and the dark side of love will appeal to fans of suspense, crime and modern noir.
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What was your inspiration for this novel?
I have always been fascinated by the sliding doors concept from the movie Sliding Doors, which shows two parallel lives arising out of one incident. In the first life, the protagonist Helen catches the train and in the second she misses it, resulting in two totally different lives. It’s about how one action can change the whole course of your life and how different your life would have been had you not taken that action.
So I wondered what would happen if you were given the chance to live your life again. Would you still do the same things and make the same mistakes, or would you take a different path? In A Time For Penance Eva is aware in her second life of the mistakes she has made in her first life, but it’s not as easy as she thinks to undo them.
What makes this book different from other books in the suspense genre?
I think the element of time travel, essentially a science fiction trope, sets it apart from other books in this genre. How many of us have fantasized about being able to travel back in time in our own lives, and replay certain incidents? Even if you have no regrets about how you’ve lived your life, would you take the opportunity to go back into the past if it was presented to you? It’s an endlessly fascinating question.
Who would enjoy this book?
If you like suspense in the noir tradition with an engrossing story and flawed but empathetic characters, you’ll definitely enjoy this book.