Shirley Steadman, a 70 year old living in a small town in the North East of England, loves her volunteer work at the local hospital radio. She likes giving back to the community, and even more so, she likes getting out of the house. Haunted by the presence of her son, a reluctant Royal Navy officer who was lost at sea, and still in the shadow of her long dead abusive husband, she doesn’t like being alone much.
One day, at the radio station, she is playing around with the equipment and finds a frequency that was never there before. It is a pirate radio station, and as she listens as the presenter starts reading the news. But there is one problem – the news being reported is tomorrows. Shirley first thinks it is a mere misunderstanding – a wrong date. But she watches as everything reported comes true. At first, Shirley is in awe of the station, and happily tunes in to hear the news.
But then the presenter starts reporting murders – murders that happen just the way they were reported.
And Shirley is the only one who can stop them.
Chris McGeorge studied MA Creative Writing (Crime/Thriller) at City University London where he wrote his first novel as his thesis. His interests are broad – spanning film, books, theatre and video games. He is a member of the Northern Crime Syndicate, a supergroup of writers from Northern England. He lives in County Durham with his partner and many, many animals.
Half Past Tomorrow is a brilliant locked room/thriller and it will hook you from the word go.
I love the fact that it’s an older woman who decides she’s not going to be the granny who sits in the corner and ignores everything, even if that’s what everyone would wish her to.
I also thought Shirley was a gem of a character who says what she feels and does as she pleases, once she realises that what others think she should do, isn’t what she wants.
The characters are a clever blend of humour, thrilling and realistic. So much so, that you’re not quite sure what’s going to come next in this book. It’s written with brilliant sleight of hand and is so deftly turned that I had to use a phrase I hate and say ‘You’re not going to see it coming’. The premise of the story is also extremely clever, with plenty of laughs and thrills along the way. It makes this a perfect summer mystery read that I’ll be recommending to all my friends.
If you enjoy clever mystery and you like feeling that you’re part of it you will love this book. Keep your eyes open, because Chris McGeorge is going to be a big writer very soon.
With thanks for the advanced reading copy of this book to Tracy Fenton, the publisher and the author.