The Night Sky In My Head Publication-Day Guest Post!
Today The Night Sky In My Head is released! It's an amazing book, perfect for fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (so, therefore me!). Make sure you check out all the teasers - they are amazing and very, very, well, teasing!! Enjoy the post...
Do you think that places have
memories? And, if so, can these memories be felt?
Sometimes, people say that they
notice a certain tension in a room where a tragic event, perhaps an untimely death,
has occurred. Others feel a strong sense of peace and healing in religious
buildings, soaked in prayer. Rumour has it that birds would not land in
Auschwitz for a long time after the atrocities were carried out there. Could
they instinctively sense that something was wrong?
Mikey, the protagonist in The Night Sky in my Head, can sense the
memories in certain places. In fact, he doesn’t just sense them – he can see them
and hear them, replaying in front of
him like a real-life film. He calls it watching the Backwards.
But the Backwards can be
Mikey can’t control it – he can’t tell which bit of the Backwards he’s
going to see. Sometimes he sees everyday things that happened in the past –
perhaps the tramp taking a snooze in his garden shed, or his Mum pottering in
the garden. However sometimes events from the past try to replay for Mikey, and
he knows that they are very dark. Mikey doesn’t want to see what hides in the
Over the past four weeks, I
have chosen extracts from The Night Sky
that show readers different aspects of Mikey’s strange gift (clue: descriptions
of the Backwards visions are in emboldened font):
Week 1 (7th June: http://www.readaraptor.co.uk)
- this extract hints at one of the dark things in the Backwards that Mikey
doesn’t want to see (‘the murderer is behind me’). See her extract: here.
Week 2 (14th June:
http://www.susankmann.co.uk) - Mikey tries to untangle his thoughts and work
out the ‘rules’ of his strange psychic gift. How does ‘watching the Backwards’
work? See her extract: here.
As time goes on, Mikey begins
to think that the farmer may be right. As he sees things in the Backwards that
seem to relate to his dad’s disappearance, Mikey realises that he has to
uncover the truth behind these frightening secrets before
the past starts to repeat itself. See her extract: here.
Week 4 (28th June: http://www.iwanttoreadthat.com)
- for the final extract, I revealed a longer section from Chapter 1. Now that
readers had a taster for the Backwards, I wanted them to start the story from the
place it is meant to begin: when Mikey first shows us what the Backwards is showing him… See her review: here.