5 Quick Questions with The Other Passenger Author, Louise Candlish

5 Quick Questions with The Other Passenger Author, Louise Candlish

What inspired the idea behind this book?

I wanted to write a commuter thriller and I got excited by the idea of setting it on the Thames riverbus. It’s such a cool way to travel and yet the river is a very dangerous place, full of deadly currents. I was also inspired by noir movies – I wanted to produce a Double Indemnity for the 2020s (I like to be ambitious!)

If I looked at your internet history, what would it reveal about you?

It would reveal that I’m either a thriller writer or an amateur criminal with a very slapdash approach to covering my tracks. I recently searched ‘How to buy a handgun’ and ‘How to arrange a contract killing’. I also Google property sites constantly – beautiful houses are a source of tremendous envy in my books. My favourite is the UK site themodernhouse.com.

Does the creative process get easier for you with each book?

Not really, because I like to challenge myself and entertain the reader by trying a different structure each time, so I have to learn a new process with every book. The bit that does get easier is that you build up the resilience to survive the things that go wrong. That could be realizing your plot has a terrible flaw or handling the disappointment of a failure on the publishing side. I feel that very little could make me cry now. I like to think of myself as zen rather than jaded, but it’s probably a bit of both!

How did you think of the title of the book?

Titles can be the subject of violent debate, but this one came easily. In the story, the narrator Jamie is hauled in for police questioning after the disappearance of his friend and fellow commuter Kit. Another passenger saw them arguing after drinks a few nights earlier and Jamie is tormented by what this other passenger has said about him, and who they might be. I love the idea of a mystery witness – someone who knows a lot more about you then you do them. It’s so creepy.

Who are some of your favourite authors? Or favourite books?

I am a massive Patricia Highsmith fan and her blend of reckless characters, bleak morals and glamorous settings has been a strong influence on my writing. I also love Tom Wolfe, Evelyn Waugh, PG Wodehouse, Agatha Christie and Flaubert. My three favourite books are Brideshead Revisited, Death on the Nile and Madame Bovary. Of the living, I love Ishiguro and Kate Atkinson. I’m currently reading Big Sky.

 

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                Synopsis

                You're feeling pretty smug about your commute to work by riverboat. No more traffic gridlock or getting stuck on the tube in tunnels (you're claustrophobic). Now you've got fresh air, an iconic Thames view, a whole lifestyle upgrade. You've made new friends on board - led by your hedonistic young neighbour, Kit - and just had your first official 'water rats' get-together.The day after the drinks, Kit isn't on the morning boat. The river landmarks are all the same, but something's off. When you disembark, the police are waiting. Kit's wife, Melia, has reported him missing and another passenger saw you arguing on the last boat home after your drinks. Police say you had a reason to lash out at him. To threaten him.You protest. You and Kit are friends - ask Melia, she'll vouch for you. And who exactly is pointing the finger? What do they know about your private lives?No, whatever coincidences might have occurred last night, you are innocent, totally innocent.Aren't you?
                Louise Candlish
                About the author

                Louise Candlish

                Louise Candlish is the bestselling author of twelve novels. Her thriller Our House was a number one bestseller in paperback, ebook and audiobook and is shortlisted for a 2019 British Book Award - Crime & Thriller Book of the Year. It has been optioned for TV by Death in Paradise producers Red Planet Pictures, and was picked as a Book of the Year 2018 by the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Real Simple, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Sunday Express, Red and Heat. Louise lives in London with her family.

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