My Latest Novel

as Nina Monroe:

THE CHILDREN'S SECRET

Nothing ever happens in a small town like Middlebrook. Until the residents are shaken to their core, when one hot Saturday afternoon, at a back-to-school party, nine children sneak into a barn – and only eight come out unharmed. ⁣

The press immediately starts asking questions. What type of parent lets their children play unsupervised in a house with guns? What kind of child pulls the trigger on their friend? And most importantly: of the nine children who were present in that barn, which one actually pulled the trigger, and why are the others staying silent?⁣

Incredibly gripping and gorgeously written, this thought-provoking novel asks us how much our children are capable of and how far we will go to protect them.⁣

PRAISE:

“A dark, taut, and increasingly tense page-turner, The Children’s Secret is the best kind of suspense story, one that makes the reader think as well as feel.”
—DJ Palmer, USA Today bestseller author of The New Husband and The Perfect Daughter

“A child is shot at a neighborhood party, and so, with a literal bang, The Children’s Secret begins. As the story unfolds through multiple points of view, Monroe holds a magnifying glass to gun ownership, the claustrophobia of a close-knit community, and deep-seated cultural biases. Timely and thought-provoking.”
—Paula Treick DeBoard, critically acclaimed author of The Drowning Girls and The Mourning Hours

“Monroe stokes the fires so effectively as racism, snobbery, and old grudges fly around decorous Middlebrook with the fury of the woes released from Pandora’s box.”
Kirkus Reviews

The Children’s Secret has it all: part mystery and part thriller and completely engrossing. It peels back the layers of a tragedy showcasing how powerful secrets can be. This is not an ordinary whodunit – it’s gripping and relevant and thought-provoking – and you won’t be able to put it down.” —Alexandra Burt, author of Remember Mia, The Good Daughter, and Shadow Garden

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The Children's Secret Lovely Interview with Concord TV: Will be aired soon.

It was such a treat to talk about my latest novel, set in New Hampshire, with Paul Brogan, someone who has lived here his whole life, someone who is an artist and a champion of writers.⁣

We spoke about the inspiration for the novel, which came from me moving to the US in 2016 and my lifelong love-affair for the beauty of New England: its landscape, its architecture, its seasons. He asked me about how I created the town of Middlebrook and where I drew my inspiration for it. ⁣

We also discussed the writing suspense and how I write my first drafts fast to make sure that the pace is strong for the reader too – I love that feeling of wanting to turn the page to find out what happens next and I try to capture that energy when I’m writing. ⁣

We talked about the difference between the page and the screen but also how the novel form is so well suited to the TV series form: that both are episodic and have the time and space to develop character and for the story to rise and fall and take shape and expand, much more so than feature films. Paul also mentioned how the only great film ever to be made here in New Hampshire was On Golden Pond and how lovely it would be to have a series set here.⁣

We talked about how I’ve thought of myself as a writer since I was three but how it took another thirty years for me to give myself the permission to see it as a career.⁣

It was a lovely, deep, fun, engaging conversation. I hope you get to here it. I’ll post the link when it airs.⁣

 

Writing Workshop

On the 3rd of November I’ll be running a writing workshop on zoom for Hall Memorial Library on the importance of crafting strong, engaging openings. I hope you’ll join me! Details below.