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Objects of Desire Objects of Desire

Published by
Allison & Busby

ISBN 978-0-7490-8006-8 (Paperback)
ISBN 978-0-7490-8116-4 (Hardback)

Shortlisted for CWA New Blood Dagger Award 2007

If you like it dark, this is the book for you.

Published by Allison & Busby on 16 October 2006, Objects of Desire is a contemporary psychological thriller. Jess Chadwick, an ex-rock musician, is now a social worker living alone on the Welsh borders. Without warning she finds herself part of a violent and frightening world where the children she's meant to protect are kidnapped and murdered.

The police are treating her as a suspect and she no longer knows who to trust - not even herself.

Finding herself at the centre of all the horror, Jess is forced to confront her own identity if she is to save herself and the missing children - and the daughter she gave up for adoption sixteen years ago...


'This is a stunning first novel from CJ Emerson, with an astoundingly original plot that really defies a brief description. It is awash with sinister or potentially sinister people... a very, very good mystery.'

'Objects of Desire is an accomplished debut...This clever and disquieting novel shows Ms Emerson to be a writer to watch.'

'I’ve finished Objects of Desire, and I have to say it drew me in from the first sentence. It’s beautifully written and remarkably assured for a first novel. It’s stark, contemporary modern gothic with a plot like a nest of seething vipers. On the evidence here, CJ is already a highly impressive and immensely readable crime novelist. If this is what she delivers with her first book, heaven only knows what she’s got in store for us’

'Emerson writes with authority... images will stay with the reader for ever... a book that is ghastly, heart-breaking and brilliant. Emerson does good... A remarkable debut.'

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CJ Emerson has been writing since her teens but a weakness for music and cars dictated a career with a steadier income.

During her career in business she worked for BT, sold Encyclopaedia Britannica and worked on various projects for the UK government before starting her own IT consultancy and joining the executive board of an international telecoms provider.

She left London and business behind in 2001 and took an MA in creative writing, which she now teaches through her website Writing Forge.

Currently working on her third novel, CJ lives in the Wye Valley with two border collies and four cats.

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