J.M Hewitt. Crime Suspense Writer


By jeanettehewitt78, Sep 11 2012 06:17PM

The best news of the day has to be Alison Moore's The Lighthouse being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012. I read the book at the weekend and as I told Alison, chores and housework got seriously ignored as I found I couldn't put it down. It would not be surprising that The Lighthouse made the shortlist, if it was not for the fact that the publisher - Salt Publishing - is an independent publisher. In fact, of the six that made the shortlist, three are from Indies. This goes a long way to show how the independent publishing world is making strides in this industry. Congratulations to all of the contenders, but my vote is with Ms Moore.

As well as The Lighthouse, most recently I read the epic A Twist of Fate by Joanna Rees, a novel totally different to The Lighthouse, on the other end of the spectrum and it too was a fantastic read. If you enjoy novels that span decades and have a feel of Penny Vincenzi then this is a must read.

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood was a book that had me hooked. Ever wonder about the lives that child killers lead once they are set free and given new identities? Then this is the read for you. Hauntingly real, no over dramatising, simply a tale of two women trying to get on with their lives without anyone finding out who they really are. But when a murderer strikes in one of the women's home town, media and press attention comes a little too close for comfort. Five stars for this one and an absolute must read.

By jeanettehewitt78, Aug 7 2012 07:57PM

5.0 out of 5 stars War Changes Lives, 25 July 2012By Mary Crocco "book reviewer / writer" (Las Vegas, NV USA) - See all my reviews(REAL NAME) This review is from: Freedom First, Peace Later (Paperback)Jeanette Hewitt writes her poignant novel about the IRA (Irish Republican Army) by developing six characters that reside in Crossmaglen, a village in Northern Ireland.Stu is an inexperienced British soldier, Barry is an undercover (double) agent, Bronwyn is Barry's fraternal twin and she is a brave, outspoken bartender, Rosina is Bronwyn's best friend, and is the complete opposite of Bronwyn. Danny is 100% IRA, and Connor was the secret boyfriend of Rosina, but ends up marrying Bronwyn.These six characters and their families try to survive the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that fought a guerrilla war against British rule in Ireland. The war went on for over twenty years.We see what war does to individuals and families. War changes people. Living with racism, bombs, and death everyday takes its toll.There was hatred between the Catholics and Protestants, so much so that just walking on the wrong side of town was taking your life in your hands. The violent rituals were common, men were beaten to a pulp, kneecapped and crippled, and women were beaten and raped.Stu, Barry, Bronwyn, Rosina, Danny, Connor, and their families live through hell and are subjected to all the violence at one time or another. Lives are lost. Lives are changed. Families are split up, some abandoned their own family members, and the drama is intense.Everyone had to make life changing decisions to survive. Did everyone make it? You will have to read Freedom First, Peace Later, to find out who survived.Jeanette Hewitt describes the setting vividly. Her characters are very different yet well developed. Freedom First, Peace Later has such a great flow that when I started the story I finished it and never noticed how long it took. I never put the book down.As far as format, I would have preferred a table of contents.I recommend Freedom First, Peace Later by Jeanette Hewitt to readers who enjoy learning history through a good novel.

By jeanettehewitt78, Aug 6 2012 06:56PM

The best part of July came when I made the final selection in the Marie Claire Inspire and Mentor Campaign. The prize - being mentored for a year by author Jojo Moyes. I didn't win - but I did get to meet with her at the Marie Claire offices in London and that was almost as good as winning! My sincerest congratulations to the worthy winner, Lisa Richardson - enjoy your year lady!

By jeanettehewitt78, Aug 6 2012 06:40PM

Well it's been an interesting summer (if not a sunny one) in the literary world. Where to begin? Well how about some reading material?

I jumped on the bandwagon (if only to be able to join in conversations) with the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. LOVED THEM. I read all three in four days whilst on holiday, which meant I was little use to my holiday companions for those four days but the books were well worth it.

I've read a lot of reviews that were not overly enthusiastic, but what can I say? It is the fastest selling paperback of all time, book rights have been sold in 37 countries, movie rights are in talks, Ann Summers put out a Fifty Shades range and it's different. So I'm sure that the author, E.L James, couldn't care a less about those haters! Whilst on the aforementioned holiday I also discovered Nora Roberts and am steadily working my way through her back catalouge of over 200 books! That equates to on average seven books a year since 1981! Go Nora!