Monday, October 14, 2019

Living up to Cornwell Comparisons!!

AMAZING Review of The Hiding Game in today's Sunday Independent...

"Phillips' talents lie in her characterisation and plotting. The key characters are vivid and well drawn, and the plot is intricate and multi-layered...Strong flashback content serves to heighten the suspense and keep you wondering until the very end. Phillips has been compared to US crime writers James Patterson and Patricia Cornwall and with this book, she certainly lives up to that accolade."

Oh yes, I'll take fantastic reviews like this any day!!

3 Must Reads Before you Die!

An Event not to be missed...
Date: November 3rd
This will be a cracker of an event, so do BOOK EARLY
3 MUST READS before you DIE...with myself, and the almightly forces of Catherine Ryan Howard, Liz Nugent and Rick O'Shea!
You can book tickets below! And do check out all the other great events happening as part of Murder One!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

"There are certain memories which will always make me cry..." True Life piece for YOU Magazine

My Short story for YOU MAGAZINE of the IRISH DAILY MAIL which formed part of the inspiration for my latest novel THE HIDING GAME…

If you can't read from picture, see short story, a true-life piece below: -

There are certain memories which will always make me cry. I know them well. I once joked to a friend that if I had been an actor, instead of a writer, those sad memories might come in handy when instant tears were required.
Strangely, over time, with some of them, their strength has grown as I have grown with them. The day my baby sister died is one of those memories, but if truth be told, at four years of age, how much could I have really known about her loss.
In my head, the actual day is very clear. I remember my mother arriving home without the baby, only she didn’t seem like my mother. Instead, she looked like a broken thing. I knew this as a child, because her physical form had changed. She was stooped, like an old woman, unable to raise her head. In this slice of memory, she is also wearing black. I see her now, the stooped broken thing, a stranger, walking past me without saying a word.
Later, I learned, my sister, Monica, was four days, 21 hours, and 10 minutes old when my mother lost her - when we lost her. And for a long time after that, we lost our mother too.
As an older person, I have tried to piece together what my mother must have gone through, being told, her perfectly healthy baby girl was no more. Or how, on the morning when she was to come home with my sister, my mother had to leave her baby behind, and she, my mother, was incapable of ever being the same again.
A deep depression took hold of her. She stopped making our clothes after Monica died. We were seldom washed. Lice got in our hair. When we were given new clothes, they were from second-hand shops, which in turn, weren’t washed either.
I recognise the signs of depression, when everything goes black, and you feel nothing in the world is going to change things. I had post-natal depression with each of our children. I know I was unwell for a time, but I was lucky, because I hadn’t lost a child.
The following year, after Monica’s death, my mother gave birth to a still born baby boy. I am guessing, his loss, took away whatever slice of hope my mother had left.
For years my mother kept the baby cloths belonged to my brother and sister in a cardboard flower box on the top of a wardrobe, unable to let them go. I remember the day I discovered them. How soft and beautiful they seemed, as I placed my hands inside, fingering the clothes my two siblings would never get a chance to wear.
The day my sister died, my mother was so grief-stricken, she couldn’t identify the body. My father was asked to do it, but he couldn’t either. It was another defining moment for my mother, because she would spend the rest of her life never knowing for sure if it was her child who died. She told me later, she would look at other little girls similar in age to Monica and wonder. I don’t think she ever stopped wondering.
Back then, people, mothers, didn’t get counselling. Depression wasn’t talked about. My mother was told to be grateful for the children she had, and to get on with it. Others, people in the hospital, and elsewhere, looked at her and most likely decided she was probably better off without another mouth to feed. She could hardly manage financially with the children she had. She was, in their eyes, a simple, silly woman from an underprivileged home, who would most likely end up pregnant again, and sure what difference did the loss of a baby make if you did the maths. My mother, as it happens, wasn’t simple or silly, and she was very good at maths, but mathematics was never going to cut it.
I was the last baby to survive, so at age four, after Monica died, I was her youngest, and up until the day my mother passed away, that statistic never changed. There is a kind of responsibility in this fact, an understanding somewhere deep inside of you that never goes away, an awareness that the brother and sister who followed you, didn’t get a chance to live, when you did.
At four years of age, it should have been impossible for me to grasp this, but yet, in my childlike way, I think I did. Some events change you. They are capable of defining choices you make, even before you make them.
When I had my own children, I understood my mother’s loss a little more. I know Monica’s death defined so much of what followed in our lives, as I equally know, losing my brother drove the sadness even deeper.
My mother was a strong woman, but for a long time, life made her fragile. There are tears on the page as I am writing this, because certain memories do that to me, and they probably always will.

Crimehawks at Murder One Festival!!

November 3rd
This will be a cracker of an event, so do BOOK EARLY
3 MUST READS before you DIE
With myself, and the almightly forces of Catherine Ryan Howard, Liz Nugent and Rick O'Shea!


Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Hiding Game - "Full of Artful Misdirection...." The Irish Times

Super thrilled with the AMAZING review of THE HIDING GAME in the IRISH TIMES...

"Louise Phillips’ new novel, The Hiding Game is a departure from her award-winning Dublin-set Kate Pearson series, a legal thriller in the Grisham mode….Phillips skilfully depicts the media manipulation of the trial…..the canvas is broad, the cast large and the plot complex and full of artful misdirection….a well-paced multi-voice narrative, Phillips moves the pieces around the board deftly…there’s an exquisite streak of malice to the writing, and if the climax leans into camp, it nonetheless makes for a satisfyingly lurid conclusion."

Read full article HERE

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Picture of You!

Thank you so much Woman's Way for this article 'Picture of You' in which I chat about the importance of memorabilia to me, why it features in The Hiding Game, and the treasured items that will always bring back special memories...#thehidinggame

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Women Writing Crime Fiction - Droichead Arts Centre!

It was a fantastic opening workshop at the Droichead Arts Centre 'Intimate Cafe' yesterday evening...I am so looking forward to the weeks ahead with a group of amazing writers!! Obviously this pic is before the writers arrived!!

The Hiding Game - LMFM Drogheda!

For anyone who missed my interview with the lovely Sinead Brassil of LMFM yesterday, the link is HERE. It's about 52 minutes in, and thankfully Sinead gave THE HIDING GAME a total thumbs up, calling it arguably my best novel yet!!

Easons Book of the Month - The Hiding Game!

I'm thrilled to say THE HIDING GAME (from this week) will be a BOOK of the MONTH at all Easons Stores!!

Chatting with Lynsey Dolan of GCR about The Hiding Game!

A great interview with the amazing Lynsey Dolan about The Hiding Game ....I hope you enjoy! You can listen in HERE

Friday, September 13, 2019

Writer's Block ....THE GLOSS MAGAZINE!

Thank you so much Sophie Grenham, of THE GLOSS magazine,for this lovely feature today 'Writer's Block with Louise Phillips', and her absolutely stunning review of THE HIDING GAME!
“With sleek, effortless transitions, including heartfelt vignettes from Elizabeth, The Hiding Game is a page-turner right from the start. The narrative is taut as a drum, with an abundance of gripping dialogue and genuinely chilling moments. Phillips’s unique ability to pull the reader inside her head and absorb the emotions she pours onto the page is just one of her many powers.”

You can read full article HERE, but this is a short extract.....

"I have beautiful memories too. I loved watching the throngs of seagulls swoop down early morning in the washing yard, and how later, the washing yard was still a magical place, as I ran through the lines and lines of large white sheets. I think it’s partly why I became a writer, that early escape to fantasy in order to survive reality."   

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Chatting with Elaine Crowley about The Hiding Game!!

If you'd like to watch my interview with the lovely Elaine Crowley of the Elaine Show from yesterday...here is the link! 


Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Hiding Game Hits the Colm & Lucy Breakfast Show Radio Nova September 10th!!

I have the dark outfit and dark glasses ready for early Tuesday morning, (yes, launch day) when I'll be chatting with the most fabulous and fantastic Colm Hayes and Lucy Kennedy on the Colm and Lucy Breakfast Show Radio Nova....

Tune in for the unexpected!!


Friday, September 6, 2019

Chatting with Ryan Tubridy about The Hiding Game!

An emotional interview with the man himself, the lovely Ryan Tubridy reminiscing about family, and the inspiration behind 'The Hiding Game' - You can listen in HERE

Aine Toner of Ireland AM picks THE HIDING GAME in Best Books for September!!

Thanks so much to the very lovely Aine Toner of Ireland AM for picking THE HIDING GAME as one of her Top Picks in BEST BOOKS FOR SEPETEMBER!
"Courtroom drama, really theatrical, proper story telling with so much to it, would love it see it on the big screen. The Hiding Game is clever and it feels real, total thumbs up...."
You can see full interview HERE
The Hiding Game is about 6 minutes in...

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

HER.ie picks THE HIDING GAME as one of their brilliant books for September!

Yay, absolutely thrilled THE HIDING GAME has been picked by HER.ie as one of their 15 brilliant books worth checking out this September!!

Read full article HERE

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Workshops, Publishing Deals and Research - Bray Literary Festival 2019!

Chatting to Bray Literary Festival about research, workshops and publishing deals…read interview HERE
See email address below to book 2 hr workshop on Sunday 29th September!! LIMITED PLACES
A one-hour workshop with Louise Phillips blew my mind…” Bernadette Maycock
Crime Fiction workshop with Louise Phillips - Sunday 29th September - St Cronan’s BNS -10.00-12.00.
Book your place by emailing blfwkshops@gmail.com - €10

Monday, September 2, 2019

Researching a New Location - The Hiding Game Writing.ie!

“By Day 2, I contacted my first interviewee, an undercover cop with more holes in him from gunshot wounds and stabbings than even he could count….”

Chatting about The Hiding Game - Elaine Show - Virgin Media - September 11th!

Looking forward to chatting with the lovely Elaine Crowley on the Elaine Show Virgin Media about THE HIDING GAME on the 11th September....tune in if you can! #thehidinggame

Friday, August 30, 2019

Another Date for the Diary - Roe River Books Dundalk!

Another date for the diary - Join me at Roe River Books, 66/67 Park Street Dundalk on the 20th September at 7 p.m. for the Dundalk launch of THE HIDING GAME!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Hiding Game - Ryan Tubridy RTE Radio 1 September 5th!

If you tune into the RYAN TUBRIDY SHOW on RTÉ Radio 1 from 9 a.m. this day next week (September 5th) I'll be talking to the man himself about THE HIDING GAME....let the nail biting begin! #TheHidingGame

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Colin Farrell's Adaptation of THE RUIN by Dervla Mc Tiernan!

Colin Farrell is teaming up with Lee Magiday and Hopscotch Features on a screen adaptation of Irish crime novel THE RUIN by Dervla McTiernan.

This will be the first project for Farrell’s new production company Chapel Place Productions.

Irish writer Dervla McTiernan’s well-received thriller, set in Galway, follows detective Cormac Reilly as he is thrown back into a case from 20 years before involving two children whose mother died of an overdose. Through the eyes of the detective we see into dark corners of Ireland including police corruption and abuses in the church.
Colin Farrell will play detective Cormac Reilly.

"The Ruin" is Dervla McTiernan's debut novel and the first in the series of books about Reilly, which means it could be a franchise for the star.

The latest novel in the series, "The Good Turn," will be published in 2020.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Fantastic Line Up for BRAY LITERARY FESTIVAL 2019!!

There is an utterly fantastic line up for this year's Bray Literary Festival.....

You can find out all the details HERE

And this is the info on the workshop I'll be doing...

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Early Audiobook Extract of THE HIDING GAME - Listen in now....

SUPER EXCITED to share an early extract of Jennifer Woodward's reading of THE HIDING GAME on audiobooks.... Hope you like it!! You can listen in HERE

Only 12 days to publication! Nerves are surely kicking in!! 

Monday, August 19, 2019

NetGalley Reviews to date on THE HIDING GAME!

A big THANK YOU lovely NetGalley readers for all the fantastic reviews to date on 


“A taut, tense and brilliantly plotted novel. I devoured this in a single day!”
“What a terrific read.”
“Gripping court room thriller.”
“A great book to read!”
“An utterly gripping read.”
“Beautifully written and compelling right until the surprising end.”
“Right up there in my top reads of 2019.”
“The theatre of it all is enthralling.”
“Loved it. Proper storytelling here – the kind of layered drama I’m fond of where character is key and there are no easy answers.”
“This one does not disappoint.”
“It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last.”
“A thoroughly enjoyable thriller combining exciting courtroom drama with unsettling secrets, mystery and intrigue!”
“A new author and a brilliant one. I loved the way the story was told, and the ending was brilliant.”

Friday, August 16, 2019

Thank you so much to The Librarian's Cellar for choosing THE HIDING GAME as their book of the week!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Half A Million Hits or 500,000 if you prefer!!

Well it looks like the little old blog will hit 500,000 today!

I guess it's not bad for something I reluctantly began on a writers retreat a little over 8 years ago...

Despite my early reservations, it has been great fun...

Sending out a big THANK YOU today to all who visited from around the globe!

The top locations are....drum roll....

United States 217,591
Ireland 105,093
France 36,212
United Kingdom 21,105
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