First novels by Alice Feeney and Sarah Schmidt’s have been named debut novels to discover in 2017 in a list compiled by iNews.
Alice Feeney’s nail-biting debut Sometimes I Lie follows Amber Reynolds a woman in a coma who can’t remember how she got there but knows it wasn’t an accident. Terrified and trapped in her own body, she tries to piece together her memories of the last week. With a husband who no longer loves her, a sister hiding a dangerous secret, and an ex-boyfriend who can’t let go of her, Amber knows that someone is lying, and her life is still very much in danger. But can she force herself to wake up before it’s too late?
Alice Feeney is a writer and journalist, having spent 16 years at the BBC. She is a Faber Academy graduate from the class of 2016. She has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog.
Sarah Schmidt’s debut See What I Have Done is a re-imaging of the Lizzie Borden story. Based on true events, the novel is a psychological examination of the consequences of love and violence, family and self-identity. Highly claustrophobic, this character-driven novel balances sparse poetics and wild, vivid prose, and is a violent, haunting and original exploration of what it takes to be free and what it means to love.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Professional writing and editing), a Master of Arts (Creative Writing), and a Graduate Diploma of Information Management, Sarah currently works as a Reading & Literacy Coordinator (read: a fancy librarian) at a regional public library.