Published: Urbane Publications (13th October 2016)
SHE IS HUNTING FOR THE TRUTH, BUT WHO IS HUNTING HER?
Freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is commissioned by a national newspaper to write an investigative article on the notorious red light district in Kings Cross. There she meets prostitute Princess, and police inspector in the vice squad, Tom Jordan. When Princess later arrives on her doorstep beaten up so badly she is barely recognisable, Hannah has to make some tough decisions and is drawn ever deeper into the world of deceit and violence.
Three sex workers are murdered, their deaths covered up in a media blackout, and Hannah herself is under threat. As she comes to realise that the taste for vice reaches into the higher echelons of the great and the good, Hannah realises she must do everything in her power to expose the truth …. and stay alive.
I’m on the blog tour for the second book in the Hannah Weybridge series (come back on the 17th May to read my thoughts on Death’s Final Judgement) so I thought, to do book 2 justice where better to start than with book 1; Dancers in the Wind!
Set in the early 1990’s (lots of conversations on landlines rather than mobiles and photocopying rather than email!) Dancers in the Wind introduces us to Hannah Weybridge; a journalist who has recently returned to working for The News on a freelance basis following the birth of her daughter. One of her first freelance assignments is an interview with a prostitute who touts for business around Kings Cross. Hannah’s interview is to coincide with a documentary that Princess will also feature in.
Tom Jordan is investigating the murders of prostitutes whose bodies are being dumped on his patch – clearly murdered elsewhere and disposed of like rubbish. Princess nearly becomes another victim but somehow summands the strength to escape her would-be killers – however this ends up bringing danger to Hannah’s door as she is the only one Princess knows who she can trust.
Dancers in the Wind is mainly told from Hannah’s perspective but at times, Coates does share a different voice to show a different side of the narrative. I particularly liked hearing from Caroline (aka Princess) as it shows her vulnerable side – not just the ballsy working girl that she performs as.
I warmed to both Hannah and Tom, Hannah was conflicted between helping Caroline and keeping her daughter safe – the bond that she built with Caroline was nice and I really empathised with why she wanted to help her. I also liked Tom, he seemed right from the start a genuine man who just wanted justice for these vulnerable girls who are seemingly being preyed upon.
Dancers in the Wind is an interesting take on a crime thriller, told mainly from the point of view of a journalist rather than the investigative team which leads to not being able to really, completely trust anyone! A solid start to a new series.
I love reading and the type of fiction I write is what I like to read. So my very short stories are often tales with a twist and the longer ones explore relationships – often within a family. Most of these stories were published first in Bella, Candis and other magazines and now appear in two collections published by Endeavour Press.
My debut thriller, “Dancers in the Wind”, was published by Urbane Publications in October 2016. This book is a result of an interview I did for a national newspaper and afterwards I thought “What if…” and so Hannah Weybridge came into existence and she continues her life in “Death’s Silent Judgement” to be published in May 2017 again by Urbane Publications. I am currently working on the third book in the series. You can find out more about my writing at http://www.annecoatesauthor.com
Journalism has led me into diverse fields from human interest stories to health and beauty to travel and parenting and so just over seven years ago I founded the website: http://www.parentingwithouttears.com writing about what inspires (or upsets) me and hosting articles and reviews by other writers and parents. This led to two parenting guides again published by Endeavour Press.
Before that I had written three books (two for Wayland) including “Your Only Child” (Bloomsbury) plus two books about applying to and surviving university published by Need to Know.
I live in SE London with three demanding cats and enjoy going to the theatre and cinema and socialising with friends.