The new crime thriller set in North Devon

Hilary Bonner has penned Dreams of Fear, a new novel set in North Devon.

Hilary Bonner has penned Dreams of Fear, a new novel set in North Devon. - Credit: Contributed

North Devon is the setting for a new crime and mystery thriller from Hilary Bonner.

Hilary Bonner has penned Dreams of Fear, a new novel set in North Devon.

Hilary Bonner has penned Dreams of Fear, a new novel set in North Devon. - Credit: Contributed

Instow, Westward Ho!, Northam and Bideford are at the heart of Dreams of Fear, the 15th novel from the prolific author who grew up in Bideford.

The novel is a twisting tale of murder, deceit and family secrets partially inspired by a real life case in Southport.

That inspiration has been transferred to the Torridge estuary where Hilary grew up. Her father Cecil Bawden was a butcher with a shop in Mill Street, and owned Cleverdon's Cafe, which features in the book.

She said she was inspired to base the book in the area she grew up after a visit to Appledore Book Festival a couple of years ago.


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"It's such a wonderful, dramatic area for the location of a book and it really encourages the imagination," said Hilary.

"The whole area remains dear to my heart. Its seascapes provide the perfect backdrop for a crime novel."

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Dreams of Fear is available from Amazon and Book Depository.

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