At the age of 14, Rebecca Reid was taken out of school due to an illness. Being limited in the things she was able to do, she constantly expressed herself through writing, including poetry, stories, pieces expressing her feelings, as well as her thoughts. By the time she was 16, Ms. Reid had her own page in the local weekly newspaper, the Bangor Spectator, in which she covered anything and everything from fashion and beauty to film and teen issues.
At the age of 17, Rebecca Reid became a model, doing catwalk work, photographic work, as well as TV. In 2008 she graduated in English from Queens University, Belfast, and was awarded an Arts Council writing grant in 2009.
Ms. Reid was married in 2007 and resides in N. Ireland with her husband and their three daughters. The Coop is her first novel, and part of the Thickets Wood Trilogy.
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Could you please tell us a bit about your book? The story? The characters?
The Coop is a darkly compelling piece of psychological fiction in which I manipulate the unsuspecting reader through both the conscious and subconscious mind. The convoluted intricacies of this story build from its gentle beginnings to enthrall the reader through menacing happenings and strange, disturbing characters. It is not based on the realities of life, but rather on the exploration of the multilayered and complex architecture of the mind. The final chapter delivers a totally unexpected and shocking revelation. The Coop is not what it seems--things are never that simple.
A girl, apparently imprisoned in a room, is the thread of mystery running parallel to the tale of Thatchbury village.
Meet Howard and Lilly. They take you on journey through Thatchbury where Mathew, the child from the coop, shoots Jodie Tiding, and so unravels the history of his loveless raising, her innocence and the dramatic events leading them to disaster.