Last week I had an email from Hollie Thubron asking me if I would like to read and review her novel that is published today. Unfortunately with the books I have committed to read I can’t read it right away so Hollie agreed to do a guest post where she talks about her novel.
This is what she says.
I hope you are all having an amazing day. My name is Hollie Thubron and my debut novel is launching today!
First off, I want to thank Steph for allowing me to be a guest on her blog and talk to you guys!
I’m going to talk a little bit about why I wrote my book, “Insane”.
Insane is a psychological thriller about a serial killer. She kills because she enjoys it. You might call her insane, but who are you to judge?
I wanted to write this novel because I am a philosophy student, and having studied many different moral theories, I came to the conclusion that universal morality is made up. There are so many proposed theories – and most of these directly conflict with one another, so that one of them would say an act is right, and one would say it is wrong. This made me think that, really, there is no universal morality – otherwise we would all be using it! For me, this doesn’t mean there is no such thing as morals, but instead that morals are individual, personal and unique values we each have. No two are the same.
It is a natural and instinctive thing that when we see or hear of someone committing a certain act, we will ask ourselves; “what would I have done in that situation?” and from this answer, we will deduce whether that act was right or wrong. But really, with morality being individual, we cannot project our beliefs and values onto other people. We cannot say absolutely and categorically that what we think is right and what someone else thinks is wrong.
So let’s talk about Avery Blake. Avery Blake is a serial killer. Initially, you might think that there is something wrong with her, or that she had a difficult childhood. This is what most people think when it comes to the topic of serial killers. But really, there are four types of serial killers – and only one of those are classed as clinically insane. Furthermore, while a lot of serial killers have things in common, there is no cause and effect. If there were, everyone who had been abused would turn out as a serial killer. Or everyone with divorced parents. The list goes on. If you can strip it right back to basics, Avery simply has a different opinion than you (I’m assuming). So really, is it fair to judge her, or anyone, by your own beliefs?
I’m not expecting anyone to agree with killing for any reason. Nor am I condoning it. But really, who am I to judge? My morals are different from yours. As are the influences on my perception of morality. We can’t understand everything. But that doesn’t make what we don’t understand wrong. There is no greater or lesser influence on our perception of morality.
This book can either be enjoyed as any other psychological thriller, or it can be looked at with this perspective and hopefully shed new light on your morality. Either way, I hope you enjoy the read.
About the author
Hollie Thubron is a singer, songwriter and author from the outskirts of London and has been writing novels since she was a child. It has always been her dream to be a published author and that dream has been achieved, with Insane being her debut novel. She is fascinated by the psychology of serial killers as well as the debate about morality and so she is studying Philosophy at the University of Bristol.
About the Book
My name is Avery Blake. I will be the hero for the next 300 pages. Well, in my opinion I will be anyway. After all, this is my story.
My primary occupation is as a pharmaceutical rep. I hate to say I do love the sales and I definitely love the cash… But it doesn’t send adrenaline shooting through my body and make me bounce up and down like a kid in a sweet shop.
No, the things that really get me going include painting, volunteer work, killing, tap dancing and golfing.
Yes, you read that correctly.”
One person’s crazy is another person’s reality, with so much in this world being left to interpretation, is killing really wrong? Are serial killers really insane? Anyway, who are you to judge?
The locals of Southhurst would never dare wonder the streets alone at night, since there has been a serial killer terrorizing the area for fifteen years. But Avery Blake isn’t afraid.
Avery Blake is a serial killer. She kills because she enjoys it. But how long can she go on like this, before someone catches on?
Insane is a psychological thriller addressing the different perceptions of morality and what influences them.
Her Website is insane novel
Her twitter is twitter
You can purchase the book Here