It’s a thrill to welcome best selling author, Angela Marsons to the blog today, as part of her Evil Games blog tour. Evil Games is published by Zaffre in paperback on 26 January 2017. Look out for it in the shops!
Love and Hate for Alexandra Thorne
by Angela Marsons
When I began writing Evil Games it was my intention to portray the personality of a true sociopath. The character eventually formed itself into the manipulative psychiatrist Doctor Alexandra Thorne and despite being advised to soften her to make her more palatable to readers I had to stick with my own instinct to represent the condition factually.
As her character began to form in my mind, I knew that I wanted a psychological battle between Alex and my main character, Kim Stone. A battle of wits, intelligence and deviousness was too tempting an opportunity to ignore.
I receive many messages of love and support for Kim Stone but have also received many messages from readers about Alex Thorne. And while the messages may not be filled with support or adoration there is definite intrigue and interest in her as a character and what she is able to achieve.
Many readers are shocked at the cold, brutal way in which she can analyse and read people and then continue to prey on their weaknesses for her own agenda. And although they are filled with horror they are equally fascinated by the workings of her mind. I’ve received more requests to bring back Alex than any other character I’ve ever written about.
Following the release of the ebook in 2015 Alex managed to make it on to countless ‘top ten’ baddy lists and even won an award in one online book club. This is surprising as she never actually kills anyone. She is not necessarily interested in killing people but she wants what she wants and does not care what she has to do to get it. I think the ability to be able to do this is so alien to normal people that we are deeply intrigued by the possibility.
It is so difficult for us to identify with a character who can reduce every situation to a cool and detached analysis without the encumbrance of human emotion. Our emotional attachments colour almost every decision and choice we make throughout our day and occupy a great deal of our thinking time and brain power. Without that distraction the brain needs other avenues to explore, other things to focus on. And for the sociopath that often means some kind of game.
As her creator I can understand the fascination with her sharp intelligence, clever manipulation and devious nature. Despite the fact that she has no emotional motivation to incorporate into the story I honestly feel this is a character that I could continue to write about for a long time. What that says about me is something I’ll worry about at a later date!
What is Evil Games all about?
The greater the evil, the more deadly the game…
When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.
With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim soon finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.
Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time – it’s personal.
Read my review of Evil Games here
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