What would you do if you killed someone? What if it was a complete accident? What if you were only a teenager? What if you were with your three best friends when it happened? Would you confess? Would you run? Would you be able to live with yourself?
FEAR is the first person confession of Vic Gossard. Ten years ago he and three of his friends killed a girl in the small town of Lancaster where they grew up. Now Vic has returned home to confess. To his parents. To the police.
Vic's confession shows us that not getting caught does not necessarily mean getting away with it. We learn about the intervening years, how what happened impacted upon every element of his life leaving him broken. An insomniac, alcoholic who is barely able to function. We also learn about the night of the incident, the hours leading up to it and the decisions made in the aftermath. Until finally, Vic reaches the point of no return.
FEAR is a tale of childhood innocence, friendship, loyalty, murder, depression and ultimately redemption.
Praise for FEAR: "Suppose you had been one of a gang of four young, happy lads who were celebrating leaving school, and you’d done something, collectively, which had resulted in a death. How would you live with it? This is the question posed in this unusual tale in which Vic Gossard, speaking into a digital recorder in his car in the middle of the night, wrestles with his demons. He is telling the tale of his despair, his friends, his family, and, just as it would if you were in that position, it comes out haphazardly in a stream-of-consciousness narrative which is so compelling it’s hard to stop reading. Because it’s told to the reader in the first person it has an intimacy about it.
This is a departure from Jamie Sinclair’s usual stories and a daring and worthwhile experiment. I really enjoyed it and it brought home how one uncharacteristic act by people who have previously led good lives, can devastate not only the victim and her family but the lives and families of the boys concerned. A very good read indeed."
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About the Author
Originally I’m a Yorkshire boy (as of 1976 when I was born) but have lived in Lancashire since I was four. My parents moved to the seaside town of Morecambe. To this day I still love looking at the sea. When my wife and I bought our first house together, condition number was that it had to be near the sea. We were lucky enough to get one with a view right across Morecambe Bay. The town might be struggling, but I’ve been all over the world and have yet to see a better view. I occasionally post pictures of where I live on social media so if you’re interested that’s the place to look. I have various qualifications including an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. I’d thoroughly recommend the course to anybody with an interest in writing if for no other reason than it’s great to be around like minded folk. I also have a BA (Hons) in English and Urban Policy as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Management. My favourite author is Stephen King. I maintain that when he’s on form he’s as good as anyone has ever been. He’s often sold short as merely a horror writer. Still, he’s hardly struggling for readers. My favourite book is Catcher in the Rye. I accept it’s not everyone’s idea of fun but if there was a book I wish I’d written (or was capable of writing) it’s that one. I tend to post about what I’m reading on the Goodreads website. They’re a friendly bunch so it’s worth stopping by. I’m an armchair sports fan. I’m a passionate supporter of Liverpool Football Club and long for a return to the glory years. I also love watching golf but freely admit I enjoyed it a lot more when Tiger Woods was at the top of the game. Tennis is also a favourite. At school I was a big fan of Pete Sampras but in my view Roger Federer has changed the game beyond all recognition. When he’s at his very best, it’s more like art than sport. I wrote my first novel – Playground Cool – in the summer of 1999. I had just graduated with my BA and was waiting to start the MA in September. I ended up submitting the book as part of my coursework. I was lucky enough to get an agent from my very first letter but then got a dose of reality in the form of a dozen rejection letters from publishers. My second novel came close to publication with Transworld but the traditional book deal still eludes me. The advent of Kindle and Indie Publishing has made that less of an issue. If you want to keep up with the latest news then you’re probably better off following me on Facebook or Twitter.