Before I Let Go was released on January 23rd and has so far completely overwhelmed me with how fantastic it is. A review will be coming shortly with my full reaction to the book, but before that, check out my interview with the author, Marieke Nijkamp, as part of her UK book tour.
Before I Let Go has a real thriller/eerie nature to it. Are you a fan of this genre, and what has inspired you book/TV-wise?
The funny thing is, I’m a scaredy-cat. I stay away from horror films, because they freak me out. I have a way too active imagination. I do love thrillers a lot and I occasionally read horror, because I love the mechanics of it (I’m sorry, I can’t help it, I’m a story nerd). But I won’t do haunted houses, I don’t enjoy horror nights, I’m meh on ghost stories, and I passionately loathe jump scares. So when I write stories that need to be terrifying in some way or another, there’s a constant balance between what the story needs and what I can handle.
Let’s just say with this particular book, I went for a lot of walks in the bright sunlight and slept with the lights on several occasions.
What I was aiming for with Before I Let Go wasn’t just thriller/eerie though. I loved the idea of pushing the boundaries of realism a bit. I called it my Twin Peaks YA from the start, and there’s a strong sense of that too, to be sure.
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp is published by Sourcebooks on 23/01/18.