Nearly 70 years ago, on August 15, 1952, a devastating flash flood nearly destroyed the village of Lynmouth on the coast of North Devon. Among the dead was a young woman, who was never identified.
That was the starting point for my new novel, which publishes on November 5. Who was she? What had led to her being there? What had happened to her before that terrible night? Recreating the life of this unnamed girl led me back to WW2 and made me question the impact that dreadful events can have on a person’s ability to develop and sustain lasting relationships. Can all scars heal or do deep wounds continue to fester?
I hope I have done justice to the real life story, honoured those who suffered at that time and stimulated thoughts about how people can recover from disaster.
I don’t want to think that this novel was in any way prophetic, but it does deal with Spanish Flu around the end of WW1. The first draft was written ten years ago and and I signed up to rework the story in September 2019. Little did I know that the last year would suddenly make this so poignant. Hopefully by the time it is published on June 29 we shall be seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
So thrilled to read the latest review. I’m trying to write the next book, but keep reading this five-star review!
‘OH MY GOD! What a book. I was hooked right from the start … the plot twist at the end, just left me bawling. Words won’t do justice to this book. Please pick it up and read it asap.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Why is every new book guaranteed to stretch a writer’s nerves? Your critique group like it, so does your agent and your editor is confident, but until the first reviews start appearing it doesn’t seem as if anyone else is going to love it. So huge relief all round to see these early five-star reviews emerging. It’s going to be alright! Phew!
‘What an amazing tale, I’ve been totally captivated the whole way through the story of Stevie and Ruby it’s heart wrenching at times,I totally loved every pageand what an amazing ending. I can totally recommend this OUTSTANDING book for all.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I can’t get over how good this book was. The Girl Without a Name filled me with so many emotions. … A page-turner for sure as you are transported back and forth between past and present. …Goldring’s in depth research, character development, and plot execution has made me a big fan. An excellent read. Five amazing stars. I loved it!’ Cyireadbooks, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Heard today that MY NAME IS EVA has sold nearly 160,000 to date. Blimey! I only signed the contract just less than a year ago. Bookouture certainly move fast and my second book, BURNING ISLAND, will be out in two weeks! Better get cracking with book 3 and keep things rolling.
When you create a character in a novel, there is much you think you know and then you keep finding more. This week I found the scent of Eva at the beautiful Officino Profumo Santa Maria Novella in Florence, where perfumes and herbal remedies have been made for over 600 years. Their Eva smells of bergamot and Sicilian lemon, or as they say – woody base notes with spiky overtones – perfect! Not a hint of old lady lavender for this determined and defiant nonagenarian!
I hope you and your book club friends have enjoyed reading MY NAME IS EVA, which contains some disturbing themes of love, hatred and revenge. These are all topics which can provoke strong feelings and provide material for intense discussions. So you may like to use the following notes as the basis for an examination of the novel in one of your meetings. Future editions of the novel will also contain these notes.
READING GROUP QUESTIONS
1 Do you think we all have different sides to our personalities, as characterised by the different names applied to the central character in the novel?
2 It is said that revenge is a dish best served cold, but do you think Evelyn should have taken to long to carry out her revenge?
3 In what way do the two murders differ and do you think either was justified?
4 Eva’s child is the result of a brutal attack, yet she loves her baby from birth. Do you think this is unusual?
5 How did Evelyn manage to sustain her love for her husband?
6 What do you think of Pat’s attitude towards her aunt?
7 Why was Evelyn so determined to keep her secrets hidden?
8 Should Evelyn have traced her daughter and made it possible for her to benefit from the family estate?
9 Was Evelyn right to give her niece power of attorney?
10 Evelyn clearly wanted to retain control over her destiny. Do you think she was right and did she manage to achieve this?
I’d only just got used to the idea that MY NAME IS EVA is a best-seller, when my wonderful publisher Bookouture announced the cover for my next book. BURNING ISLAND will be out on January 22 and is available now for pre-order. The journey continues as I’m now writing my third book – under wraps for now.