Welcome to another Author Spotlight. Today, the spotlight is on Lindsay Berry.
Faber Academy Alumna, Lindsay Berry published a suspense novel, Silencio (Matador) in 2016 as L. A. Berry. She is currently writing two novels, one set in 1961 York and the other a present-day thriller set in the south of the UK.
An ex-nurse and midwife, Lindsay is interested in human dynamics and relationships, and explores how unusual events affect a character’s behaviour in her writing. In addition to novels, she writes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. For 15 years, she has resided in Spain during the winter months and in Dorset for the rest of the year. Her hobbies include travelling, dancing, reading, and attending local theatres.
Here’s her book, Silencio
Mercedes returns home empty: with empty arms, empty womb, and empty of emotion. There is nothing left. The tears are spent.
The midwife carries 16 year-old Mercedes’ son from a delivery room and that is the last time that she sees him alive. His first cries haunt her but her family refuse to acknowledge the possibility that her child still lives. Their silence represses her young spirit.
Ten years later, a woman named Carmen contacts Mercedes, now a journalist, with stories of newborns who have disappeared in mysterious circumstances similar to her own. When Mercedes embarks on an investigation into baby trafficking, she must fight powerful enemies to reveal the truth – so powerful, in fact, that her own life is at risk.
Using her expertise, she unmasks a baby-trafficking network that has spanned decades and moved thousands of children out of Spain. She antagonises key figures when she unearths conspiracies arising from the bloody periods of Spain’s modern history, exposing a criminal underworld hiding in the government, health services and church.
Mercedes becomes their target as they seek to silence her exposé – and her life, and the lives of her loved ones, come under perilous threat…