Charity Norman lives with her husband and three children in New Zealand. She was born in Uganda but raised in Yorkshire and Birmingham. Before moving to New Zealand and writing full time she worked as a barrister in York Chambers specializing in crime and family law.
Norman always wanted to be a writer but was told by everybody it would never pay the bills. To her surprise she found she enjoyed working as a barrister and did so for fifteen years. However, the urge to write never went away. Tragically her brother was killed in a helicopter crash when he was only thirty, and this sparked the realisation that she was missing precious time with her family. Working as a barrister Norman missed her children terribly. At the end of the day, she may have been with them physically, but her mind was still at court. So she quit her job as a barrister to write full time enabling her to spend more time with her family.
She has written seven novels, her first novel “FREEING GRACE” was published in 2010. Her fifth book “SEE YOU IN SEMPTEMBER” was shortlisted for Best Crime Novel in the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards, and Best International Crime Fiction in the Ned Kelly Awards. “AFTER THE FALL” was picked up by Britain’s Richard and Judy Book Club.
A list of her novels in publication order,
Freeing Grace (2010)
After the Fall (2012)
The Son-in-Law (2013)
The Secret Life of Luke Livingstone (2015)
See You in September (2016)
The Secrets of Strangers (2020)
Remember Me (2022)
I had the pleasure of reviewing her latest book “REMEMBER ME” for Goodreading magazine. My review can be found in the 2022 March edition of Goodreading.
It’s a wonderful book in which the father is suffering from dementia. The father’s struggles inspired by Noman’s own Mother, who struggled unbeknownst with the same insidious disease.
They never found Leah Parata. Not a boot, not a backpack, not a turquoise beanie. After she left me that day, she vanished off the face of the earth.
A close-knit community is ripped apart by disturbing revelations that cast new light on a young woman's disappearance twenty-five years ago.
After years of living overseas, Emily Kirkland returns to New Zealand to care for her father, Felix, who suffers from dementia. As his memory fades and his guard slips, she begins to understand him for the first time - and to glimpse shattering truths about his past. Truths she'd rather were kept buried.
I have just ordered a copy of "THE SECRETS OF STRANGERS" and will review it after reading it.
A regular weekday morning veers drastically off-course for five strangers whose paths cross in a London café - their lives never to be the same again when an apparently crazed gunman holds them hostage. But there is more to the situation than first meets the eye and as the captives grapple with their own inner demons, the line between right and wrong starts to blur. Will the secrets they keep stop them from escaping with their lives?