Francesca’s Party by Patricia Scanlan


Francesca’s Party, Patricia Scanlan, 2001

My favorite quote: “Her energies rubbed off on him. He never felt middle-aged with her. He glanced surreptitiously at the tell-tale grey hairs threading the brown tangle of chest hair that Nikki liked to run her fingers through. He wondered, was it possible to dye them?” (Idiot, lol)

Notable characters: Francesca’s Kirwin, the spurned wife; Mark, her cheating husband; Nikki Langan, Mark’s younger lover

Most memorable scene: For me, it was when Ralph showed up to the party. Or rather, HOW he showed up at the party

Greatest strengths: Well-drawn, believable characters

Standout achievements: This book managed to draw me into the mind of a dejected Irish housewife. I felt everything Francesca did, and that’s pretty remarkable. Ah, the power of books … 

Fun Facts: This is another book I bought based solely on the cover. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you should totally judge books by their covers

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: Until I read this, I didn’t know that in Ireland, being “pissed” means being drunk. I was pretty confused there for a while

How it inspired me: Even when you’re writing about ghosts, vampires, and killer sea creatures (or whatever) nothing is stronger than human emotion. That’s what this book is all about and every time I read it, I’m reminded that when it comes to powerful writing, nothing should come before the emotional experience

Additional thoughts: I read this book once a year. It’s a nice break from the crazy, gory, wicked, spooky stuff I usually go for 

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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