Bent But Not Broken…

A lot of things broke in 2020. Life as most of us knew it came to a screeching halt, and everything changed. Everything. All the little things I’d taken for granted – nipping to shops with fully stocked shelves, walking past people in the street without dodging into the road to avoid them, going out for dinner or a day trip beyond our front door – were suddenly gone. Then there were the big things I’d never had to think about before. How long would it be until I could see my family again? If I got ill, how ill would I get? Would I give it to my wife? Would I lose someone I love?

As a paramedic, being at work was scary as hell and weirdly comforting in equal measure. Unlike millions of people, I could still do my job and keep to a routine, no matter how odd that routine had become. Neither I nor my colleagues had ever been through anything like this, and the sheer madness of those first few weeks, where PPE was in short supply, the guidance was ever-changing, and no one understood what the hell we were dealing with, made a traditionally tight-knit workforce even tighter. I did get ill, but I slowly got better, my wife somehow stayed well, and life settled down into this strange new normal.

For a while my writing also ground to a halt, with the story I’d been working on stalling through no fault of its own at around 20,000 words. Try as I might, I couldn’t put my finger on the problem, but I was distracted and struggling to find a rhythm, and I reluctantly conceded that – for the foreseeable future, at least – this one wasn’t going to happen. Strangely, I did still want to write, and a new idea wheedled its way into my brain, a simple big-bang-style concept – a doctor kidnapped by an injured woman – that tempted me with its potential and instantly engaged my desire for distraction and entertainment.

That simple concept became Unbreakable, a thriller/police procedural which is my first book in a little over two years. Reading it, you might spot a few of 2020’s overriding themes. There’s plenty of heartbreak and loss and loneliness in there, but there’s also the joy of finding love and support when you’re at your lowest ebb, and the strength brought about by unexpected friendships. It was tough for me to write in places, and some of those places may be tough for you to read, but my heroines – Elin, Grace, and Safia – were strong enough to carry me through a tumultuous year, and I very much hope you’ll get a kick out of meeting them.

Unbreakable will be released October 1st via the Bold Strokes Books website, and October 12th everywhere else. An audio version will be hopefully be out hot on the heels of the print release.

About Cari Hunter

Cari Hunter is the author of "Snowbound", "Desolation Point" and "Tumbledown", "Alias", "Breathe", and the Dark Peak series of crime thrillers - "No Good Reason", "Cold to the Touch", and "A Quiet Death" - all published by Bold Strokes Books. Her new novel "Unbreakable" is now available to buy.
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4 Responses to Bent But Not Broken…

  1. 58chilihed13 says:

    Have it pre-ordered! Always buy 2 copies, one to keep in my library and one to loan out, many times others love them so much it takes a long time for them to return to me…if they do! That copy I bless and say…”Go forth and spread the Cari Hunter Vibe”

    • Cari Hunter says:

      LOL, I’m loving that vibe. My hairdresser does exactly the same thing – swaps a book for a trim and spreads the love to her thriller-reading customers. That reminds me, I need to book a cut… 😉

  2. Very moving read. You’ve had to deal with things I can only imagine. So glad you were able to bend and not break. x

    • Cari Hunter says:

      It was a very strange year that I was glad to see the other side of. It’s still strange now, but I think we’re all just used to it and not as scared as we were (vaccinations have obviously helped massively with this.) Having said that, winter is definitely coming and the country is in a terrible place in terms of community infections so no one is looking forward to the next few months. Thanks for reading, and I hope you and yours are well.

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