Today I have the pleasure of being one of two stops on Billy McLaughlin’s The Daughter blog tour! 🙂 

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Character Spotlight…..

Today, I’m introducing Trisha Waters, who is one of the main characters in my new book The Daughter. She is mother of one, Alex Waters. She was created for the sole purpose of my new book and this will probably be her only outing with me.

Did you write the book to accommodate Trisha or Trisha to accommodate the book?

Trisha was created to accommodate the book. She’s very central to what’s going on although she appears to be relatively in the dark. She has a psychic gift that has alienated her to a lot of friends and family.

What do you like most about her?

I like that she’s insular and doesn’t really care what the outside world thinks of her. At least on the surface. When you dig a little deeper, of course she’s been hurt by the treatment of her. Mostly though, she has cut the crap out of her life. That’s something we should all aspire to do.

What do you like least about her?

The thing I like least about her? I can’t say there’s much to dislike about her. She can be a little frosty and somewhat unforgiving.

Did your early readers/editorial team like her to start with or did you have to change her in any way?

Nobody has mentioned disliking her. She has remained largely intact.

Does she have any similarities with anyone real?

I sprinkle little bits of everybody over my characters. There may be a few aunts written in there, and a cousin or two, maybe a psychic friend. I couldn’t say. She’s not based wholly on anybody.

What are your plans for her?

I don’t have any plans for Trisha. I think her story has been told. I think it’s an interesting story. There’s room for redemption in there. I don’t like to wrap things up with a bow. I won’t say exactly what her role is, or what the outcome of her story is. Only that she’s a character that I wanted people to get behind. It gives the story somebody to root for so that when the layers start to strip away, people have some level of emotional reaction.

Would you be friends in real life?

Probably not. I don’t think she wants friends. I think her lack of sociability makes her sympathetic. If she starts letting too many people in, it takes away what makes her sympathetic. Suddenly, the reason to pity her might be taken away. I prefer people who are less abrasive.

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Sometimes a killer comes along who will make your blood run cold…

When the body of a young woman is found with her hands and teeth missing, Detective Inspector Phil Morris struggles to identify her.

The evidence initially suggests she is local missing girl, Alex Waters, whose mother, Tricia, comes armed with a psychic gift she would rather not possess.

As Phil and his partner, Detective Donna Barclay, try to untangle the web of mystery surrounding the body, it appears that Alex had more secrets than even her psychic mother knew.

As the hour glass empties, Phil and Donna are pushed to their limits trying to unravel the disturbed mind behind the sick game playing out around them.

Welcome to a new chapter in domestic noir.

Buy your copy…..

About the author…..


Billy McLaughlin is a Glasgow born author who released his first novelette Invisible in March 2016. Receiving glowing customer reviews, he followed up with the gritty novel Lost Girl which introduces readers to the mainstay characters Phil & Kate. In September 2016, his third book In the Wake of Death was released, re-uniting audiences with Phil & Kate as well as throwing a brand-new mystery that has been praised for its unique twist.

McLaughlin welcomed 2017 in celebrating that Lost Girl peaked at number 2 in the crime thriller charts the previous August and gained the coveted number 1 slot in the Scottish crime charts with In the Wake of Death. His fourth book The Dead of Winter arrived in March 2017 to glowing reviews. One reviewer likened the novel to a series of Broadchurch. Kate and Phil returned for a brand-new mystery in The Daughter which also sees the return of Donna Barclay.

Work has now begun on the sixth book which will be a new stand-alone project. More information coming soon.

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