The Island House:'Her dark past is a mystery, and her behaviour, at times, is quite bizarre.'

Welcome to bestselling author Amanda Brittany who has dropped by the Tequila Mockingbird Cocktail Bar to give us the lowdown on one of her characters from her fantastic psychological thrillerThe Island House. While we're waiting for your guest to arrive, Amanda, can you tell us a little about your book?

The Island House has been described by readers as Agatha Christie meets Stephen King.

When Alice’s father dies after a tragic hit and run, his death stirs up unanswered questions about her childhood. Who was her mother, why did her father never speak of the past, and why can’t she remember anything before the age of seven?

But when she receives an anonymous letter containing a photograph of a refurbished gothic guesthouse surrounded by water, and an invitation to stay, old memories fight to resurface.Alice has visited before. She is certain of it.

Convinced the clues to her past lie at the hotel, she checks in. But once on the island, a wild storm rages, waves crash violently into the rocks, and the house is cut off by the roaring sea.

Then two guests are found dead. And the hotel owner is missing. Will Alice ever uncover her secret past? And will anyone leave the island alive?

Who will you be inviting for cocktails and why?

I would invite Verity Flynn. Verity is a complex woman, who lived in The Island House as a child with her famous magician/puppeteer adopted father, and her younger brother Hugh. Her dark past is a mystery, and her behaviour, at times, is quite bizarre. I would invite her as I feel she would be entertaining and intriguing company, and I would love to learn more about her childhood at the house. However, I wouldn’t let her too close. There’s definitely something not quite right about Verity, and I’m not at all sure she can be trusted.

What will they be wearing?

Verity isn’t fashion conscious. She would simply wear something to hide the fact she’s a little overweight.

What will they order from the cocktail menu?

Death in the Afternoon

How will they react if the waiter spills their drink on them?

Verity would forgive a waiter if a drink spilt on her. But if the waiter spilt drink on her brother, Hugh, and she thought it was in any way deliberate, she would be far less forgiving.

What can they tell you that will make you stay for a second drink?

The secrets of the attic room at The Island House...

The Island House by Amanda Brittany is published by HQ Digital (October 2021) and is available to buy here:

You can follow Amanda on Twitter @amandajbrittany

and on Facebook: Amanda Brittany Author

Time for one more...

Thank you to Amanda for the recipe to Death in the Afternoon. It's definitely going on the menu, but here it is in case you wanted to rustle up your own!

Death in the Afternoon

1 flute of Champagne

1 jigger of Absinthe

Pour one jigger Absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness.

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