We're beginning to wonder if we shouldn't commission a Hobeck tartan given how many Scottish authors we now have within our team. We're delighted to welcome Maureen Myant to Clan Hobeck, and we're sure you'll love her latest novel The Confession when we publish it later this year.
Maureen's arrival creates a quartet of Scottish authors at Hobeck, joining Harry Fisher, Mark Wigthtman and Linda Huber.
Drawing on Maureen's knowledge of psychology (she was an educational psychologist for over 25 years and also taught psychology courses for the Open University), The Confession is a gripping psychological crime thriller set in Maureen's home city of Glasgow that had us guessing to the final chapter.
Julie Campbell’s remains are finally found weeks after her death, there’s a surprise in store for the police: her confession to five murders. There’s one major problem though - only one of the victims she names is dead. DI Mark Nicholson is persuaded by his boss DCI Alex Scrimgeour that the confession is a fantasy, and to drop the case, but Mark senses there’s more to it than meets the eye. As he delves further, the darkest of secrets are revealed, and everyone around him is dragged into a vortex of fear, danger and murder. No one is beyond suspicion as the confession becomes a murderous reality.
This is a terrific novel brimming of great characters and twists. We loved it from the opening page to the last, and you can sense Maureen's passion for literature throughout The Confession.
She is a graduate of the prestigious University of Glasgow MLitt in Creative Writing course where she was taught by Janice Galloway, Liz Lochhead, James Kelman, Alasdair Gray and Tom Leonard among others. She also has a PhD in Creative Writing. Her first novel The Search was published by Alma Books and was translated into Spanish, Dutch and Turkish. It was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award and was one of the books chosen to be read for the Festival du premier roman de Chambéry.
Maureen cites The Secret History by Donna Tartt as her favourite book, and lives in Glasgow with her husband. She has three grown up children and six grand children, and yet still has the time to write a novel as brilliant as The Confession. Welcome to the Hobeck family, Maureen.