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The prolific author tells Margaret James why it took him fifteen years to write his first psychological thriller


As the popularity of both reading and writing psychological thrillers continues to grow and grow, it’s probably becoming even more of a challenge for novelists to engage readers in an increasingly crowded and sophisticated marketplace. It’s getting more difficult for writers to offer readers something they’re unlikely to have seen before while staying within the parameters of the genre and meeting reader-expectations.

So I was delighted to get the chance to profile JP Delaney, a novelist who’s made a big success of writing for this genre with The Girl Before, published by Quercus. This is not his debut novel – he has written several others under various names – but is his first in this particular genre.

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