An author who grew up in Saffron Walden is appearing at Hart's Books next week to discuss her latest psychological thriller.

Liv Matthews - who writes under the name L. V. Matthews - will visit the bookshop on Wednesday, September 20 for a talk with fellow crime writer Gytha Lodge.

Her novel Silent Waters, which will be published by Welbeck on Thursday, September 14, is described as a "gripping" psychological thriller exploring family bonds and dark pasts.

The story follows police diver Jen Harper, who at 5am one summer morning wakes to find herself submerged in the silt of a river with no memory of how she got there.

Forty-eight hours later, Jen is called to dive into the same river to search for missing woman Claudia Franklin.

For Jen this is no ordinary job - she and Claudia were childhood friends and their families were entangled for decades. But Jen hasn't seen Claudia for 12 years - or has she?

John Marrs, author of The Marriage Act, praised the novel, saying: "Brilliantly plotted, utterly compelling and where nothing is as it seems.

"Add to that some whip-smart dialogue and you have everything you could possibly want in a thriller."

To research the novel, Liv researched the world of police diving, even managing to interview one of the few female police divers. 


She was interested in exploring the practicalities such as equipment and team dynamics, but also why someone would choose a job spending hours in the cold, murky water - which helped inform the novel.

Liv, who now lives in Winchester, is also the author of The Prank and The Twins - the latter of which was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick.

Before pursuing a career in writing, Liv worked in domestic and international sales for UK publishing houses.

The talk - entitled 'Thriller Night' - takes place at the King Street bookshop at 6.30pm. Gytha Lodge will also be discussing her novel A Killer in the Family.

Tickets for the event cost £5 and are available in store or over the phone 01799 524552.