Colette McBeth is the critically acclaimed author of psychological thrillers, Precious Thing and The Life I Left Behind. Her new book, An Act of Silence, about a mother faced with an impossible choice to save her son, is now available in paperback.
Colette was a BBC TV News television correspondent for ten years during which time she covered many major crime stories and worked out of Westminster as a political reporter. Prior to that, she was a news editor for Sky News.
Colette is a member of Killer Women, the female collective of crime writers.
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Kill your babies, that’s what they say. And it’s true, you have to be brutal when you’re editing a book. But this was one scene I agonised over. I had so much fun writing it, I didn’t want to let it go. And yet it still ended up on the cutting room floor.
It’s between Curtis Loewe, the film producer and political donor and all round national treasure, and Jonathan Clancy, the man who is trying to expose his crimes. I hope you get a sense of Clancy’s character in his brief appearance here. He turned out to be one of my favourites.