‘Plastic’ Gets A New Look
‘Plastic’, my bleakly comic thriller due out in July, is aboutÂ a shopaholic suburban housewife trapped in a lousy marriage. After discovering her husbandâ€™s infidelity with the flight attendant next door, June loses her home, her husband and her credit rating. But thereâ€™s a solution: a friend needs a caretaker for a spectacular London high-rise apartment. Itâ€™s just for the weekend, and thereâ€™ll be money to spend in a city with every temptation on offer.
Seizing the opportunity to escape, June moves in only to find that thereâ€™s no electricity and no phone. She must flat-sit until the security system comes back on. When a terrified girl breaks into the flat and June makes the mistake of asking the neighbours for help, she finds herself embroiled in an escalating nightmare, trying to prove that a murderer exists. For the next 24 hours she must survive on the streets without friends or money and solve an impossible crimeâ€¦
The first cover for the book was intriguing but sort of ugly and medical, and not really very pickupable. It also failed to convey the double (actually triple) meaning of the title.Â The new cover is smarter and I think definitely has hoistability (warning: Not an actual word). Early reviews are pleasing, and I’ll be interviewed by bestselling author Joanne Harris about the book at Foyles on July 18th, when its strange genesis will be revealed…