Emma Clapperton The Boy who wasn’t there Blog Tour

Emma L Clapperton, born December 1985, has always had a passion for reading and writing. She studied childcare and gained qualifications to work with the early years in 2002. She completed her first novel, Beyond Evidence and it was published in September 2012 with a second edition being published in April 2013.

Emma won the book award for the month of April at thebookawards.com

She currently resides in a little town outside of the city of Glasgow with her partner and is working on her next project.

You can contact Emma through these websites:



Since 2012, I have released two full novels and two short stories as part of the series, The Suicide Plan is the first in the series (a short story introducing the characters, however this can be read on its own), Beyond Evidence, The Dead Whisper and now, The Boy Who Wasn’t There.

I had the idea for a supernatural crime series back in 2010, when I created the characters Patrick and Jodie McLaughlin, two psychic mediums living in Glasgow.

I love supernatural goings on and have been to see a number of psychics, a few of whom have been entirely accurate.

I like to write whenever I can and at the moment I write in the evenings and at the weekends when I am not working. I’m a people watcher and so I often take in my surroundings and create characters based on people I have come across, past in the street, and sometimes my characters include elements of people I know personally

The Boy Who Wasn’t There is a story of betrayal and loss and how an event in your life can change your course. Without giving too much away, I actually really like the character, Rita. She is below the lowest she can go to and the story demonstrated her need for comfort from the bottle.

I like writing with two or more storylines running adjacent to one another and then merging them, because I love the idea that this could really happen.

The novella is a short read at just 17k and I really love writing in short bursts like this.

I plan on creating a whole range of short stories, but I am also working on a new novel under my own name and a novel under my pseudonym, Alex Kane.


Rita Michaels had it all, a loving husband and two beautiful children… but that one night changed everything. With her life spiralling out of control, her husband takes her children away from her.

And that’s when she snaps!

Present Day

Patrick and Jodie’s son, Lewis, enjoys playing with his new best friend, Tommy. There’s just one problem. Tommy isn’t really there.

Lewis becomes embroiled in a family’s dark past and Patrick has to step in to protect his son.

But will he be able to help Lewis escape the dark corners of his psychic ability, or will Lewis become locked in the past forever?

***** 5 STARS

The boy who wasn’t there might only be a short story of sixty pages but it definitely packs a punch and as a fellow author crime author Denzil Meyrick states “A Haunting story that will chill you to the bone hits the nail on the head as the saying goes. The story is very atmospheric as it switches between present day and the past and centres on the character of Lewis McLaughlin aged 4 who has an imaginary friend called Tommy.His parents Patrick and Jodie are both psychics and they both know that Lewis has inherited the same gift to some degree,Jodie is fearful though as Lewis keeps talking about the past so they take a trip to see his nursary teacher and she tells them lots of children have imaginary friends but at home later that night Jodie cannot sleep and when she goes into her sons room there are unwelcome visitors. Patrick knows that he must take action…they look to the past and they discover a tragedy, one that should never have happened…In the centre of it all is a tortured soul weighed down with guilt, grief and a sin so dark.They realise that to make things right they must meet this spirit head on or perhaps lose their child in Limbo. To put it simply this is a story that will tug at your heart strings, It’s a story of a moment in time, where betrayal and jealousy become intertwined. In you know the authors other books and previous Patrick McLaughlin books then you are aware that Emma Clapperton knows how to write a novel or short story that will take you on a roller coaster ride of action and emotions and also that the characters and settings come to life and take you along for the ride. I can’t wait to see what Emma Clapperton writes next as her self and as her pen name Alex Kane, if you have not already discovered this author I recommend that you do.

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