Deadly Destinations: Bryony Pearce’s Taylor Oh on London & win The Weight of Souls

July 7, 2013 Deadly Destinations, Giveaways, Guests 44

Today’s Deadly Destination is from Bryony Pearce‘s Taylor Oh on London from The Weight of Souls (published on August 1, 2013 by Strange Chemistry). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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Bryony Pearce’s Taylor Oh on London from The Weight of Souls

Hi there,

You’re new to the school. You don’t want to sit with me, trust me. You’re confused. You want Tamsin, or Justin, over there by the lockers. If you can get in with them, then you’re sorted. Stay with me and school will suck more than you thought possible. Avoid James though, if you can. He’s a total douche. Dangerous.

You’re still here? Why? I get that there’s a seat next to me. There always is. I’m persona non grata. The uncoolest of the uncool. Seriously, it could be contagious. You should leave.

So, you’re new to London? So what? You think you’re the only incomer this school has ever seen? There’s always people in and out. Especially here. Justin moved in a few years ago. Now he’s king. You don’t need to be hanging with the weirdo.

Don’t stay just because you feel sorry for me. Or because you think I’ll be an easy friend to make. I have a friend. Hannah. She’ll be back from the office in a while. You should leave.

Still here?

You came in on my bus. Live just round the corner in Shepherds Bush? That’s nice. Doesn’t mean I want to hang.

I don’t have time to be making new friends. I don’t go out much anyway. Not unless I have to.

This city, it’s unforgiving. I see its dark underbelly: the council estates, the high rises with broken windows and shattered dreams. Graffiti gang signs and swear words on walls, smashed bottles and fag ends in gutters. Scaffolding like ancient skeletons on building sites that will never be finished; that will remain Lego buildings without ceilings as developers fold and move to more affluent areas, where the ‘up and coming’ have forced out the old indigenous populations, turned them to the Edgelands. But that’s almost alright. You expect it there in the dodgy pubs and mosh pits. Among the homeless, huddled beneath bridges on their cardboard boxes or cuddled inside newspapers, using filth like blankets. The killers in hoodies are those you expect. It’s the slaughterers in suits, the ones who look normal but have ice behind their eyes, the ones who live in the white framed mansions in Kensington cul-de-sacs, behind flower arrangements in window boxes, those are the ones that really scare me. They can kill as easy as a gang member with a knife, but they’ll smile and shake your hand while doing it.

Yes, I do sound like I know what I’m talking about. Didn’t mean to scare you. Not really. Look, Hannah’s coming. Yeah, the one with the pink hair. We’re done here, right?


Look, you seem nice. You don’t want to get on Tamsin’s bad side on day one. She’s already looking over here. Pretend I’m a leper. Edge away. I won’t mind.

The glove?

I wear it most of the time. It’s not because I’m cool or different. I have eczema flare ups. They call me Godzilla. You know, because I’m Asian and scaly like a lizard.

See, I knew that would make you back off.

Have a nice life. Look, Tamsin’s waving. Off you go.

Good job I never told you about the ghosts, or the real reason I wear that glove. You think you’re scared of me now?

If you knew the truth you’d run and never look back.

 Bryony Pearce lives in a village on the edge of the Peak District and is a full time mum to her two small children, husband and cat. She is vegetarian and loves chocolate, wine and writing. People are often surprised at how dark her writing is and since the publication (in 2011), of her award-winning debut, Angel’s Fury, they have started looking at her as though worried she might start serial killing in her spare time.
She enjoys doing school visits, festivals and events, at least when the children let her out of the house.
Her new book The Weight of Souls is published by Strange Chemistry on 1st August 2013.

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One copy of The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce & a signed postcard and Ghost charm (for mobile phone, bookmark etc)


Available on August 1, 2013 by Strange Chemistry


Sixteen year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them – letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn’t make it in time? The Darkness will come for her…

She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she’s bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she’s not going crazy.

But then Justin is murdered and everything gets a whole lot worse. Justin doesn’t know who killed him, so there’s no obvious person for Taylor to go after. The clues she has lead her to the V Club, a vicious secret society at her school where no one is allowed to leave… and where Justin was dared to do the stunt which led to his death.

Can she find out who was responsible for his murder before the Darkness comes for her? Can she put aside her hatred for her former bully to truly help him?

And what happens if she starts to fall for him?


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44 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Bryony Pearce’s Taylor Oh on London & win The Weight of Souls”

  1. miki

    i have been interested by this book since i saw it during the cover madness giveaway hop… the cover is really eyes catching but teh summary drew me in and i would like to discover this book so thank you a lot for the international giveaway

  2. Amber

    I really wanted to get a review copy of this one but I missed the download date on Netgalley :(. Maybe I am destined to read itand will win the giveaway!

  3. Nicole E

    I hadn’t heard of this book until now, but it looks really interesting! It’s definitely going on my TBR shelf =] Thanks for the chance to win it!

  4. Myra W

    I hadn’t heard of this book before but after reading the blurb I was intrigued. That post from Tayla’s mind (I’m not entirely sure how to refer to it :P) is amazing! Even from that small piece I’m drawn in by how much character she has. I am definitely going to need to read this book!

  5. lais

    I loved the cover!!! Hope I can win to read the book! :))

  6. Victoria Zumbrum

    I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Kyla Patton

    Just added it to my TBR! This looks like a really fun read with an interesting ghost twist 🙂

  8. Natalie Cleary

    Havent heard of this before but it sounds awesome. Thanks for the chance 🙂

  9. Vivien

    Do you prefer writing from a male or female point of view?

  10. Kai W.

    Love the storyline. Find the murderer of the ghost within a limited time. That is kind of scary if the killer is not in the same location or if the spirits are unreasonable.

  11. erinf1

    this is the first I’ve come across this book and it sounds awesome 🙂

  12. Samantha D

    Do u listen to music while writing? If so what?

  13. Jasmyn

    Wow. Very unique concept. Where did you get the idea for the mark and transfering it. I haven’t heart something like that before.

  14. draconismoi

    Hah! Sorry Taylor, I’m not as stupid as the degenerates you go to school with. Eczema doesn’t scare me. Or Godzilla references. Your friend with the pink hair however…..

  15. Denise Z

    Personally I always thought gloves were cool and the in crowd a bit of a bore. I can’t wait to read your story, perhaps we could be friends. Thank you for sharing with us today, this looks like a dandy read.

  16. Bryony Pearce

    Hi everyone. Thanks so much for your lovely comments. I really appreciate your interest in me and my work. I’ll try and answer some of your questions …

    1. Do you prefer writing from a male or female point of view?
    I have written three books from a female point of view and one from a male. My characters tend to spring into my head fully formed, so I don’t see it as a conscious choice to write from either perspective. That said I was pretty surprised when the book I just finished turned out to have a male voice. I found it harder to write from a male viewpoint simply because I wasn’t sure if I could accurately represent the way a young man thought, but does that mean I prefer writing from a female point of view? No, I do love a challenge. I gave it a good go and love the character Kane just as much as I love Taylor and Cassie.
    To me all my characters are real and to say I prefer one over the other is too hard – like saying which child I prefer.

    Do u listen to music while writing? If so what?

    I write in silence. I like to get into the head of my character, feel as if I am facing situations with them, hearing what they hear, smelling what they smell, feeling what they feel – I find external stimuli detracts from my ability to live alongside my characters. I do however, like to imagine a sound track as I go. There is a Spotify soundtrack that I have created for The Weight of Souls. This will be revealed on the 31st July over on Book Angel Booktopia.

    Where did you get the idea for the mark and transfering it.

    I wanted my ghosts to be a bit different and I talk all about that on 27th July at Death Books and Tea. Do come and find me there.

  17. Enigma75

    The Weight of Souls sounds interesting! I’m going to have to keep my eye out for it, if I don’t win a copy. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  18. Fatima

    Thanks for the giveaway.I hope I win,I never win anything:(

  19. KimG

    The Weight of Souls sounds intriguing – I really like your concept of the ghost mark and Taylor’s having to pass it on. Looking forward to reading this one, and thanks for the contest!

  20. Van P.

    The Weight of Souls sounds great! This is the first time I’ve heard of it, am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. Carl

    It sounds from the synopsis that both main characters will have lots of room for development. I’d like to find out if Justin turns out to be a nice guy after all. I kind of suspect he will. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Bethany C.

    Thanks for the giveaway; that is one seriously good-looking cover!

  23. Tamlyn

    Very intriguing premise. Would love to read the book.

  24. Jolene A

    Oh wow! This sounds amazing!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. Natasha

    Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. Filia Oktarina

    Haven’t heard of this book before but it sounds awesome. New bool for me to check, thanks for giveaway 🙂

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  28. Joani S

    This one went right into the wish list, I’m really looking forward to this one! Very awesome!!

  29. Kristen Heyl

    Title and blurb for this book sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway and for another title to add to my TBR list.

  30. Brooke. M

    Well it’s definitely something I’m interested in reading since I haven’t heard any books like this out lately!

  31. Avril

    Sooo looking forward to The Weight of Souls – been talking about it so much that my auto text knows the title! We were lucky enough to meet Bryony at her launch of her award winning debut Angel’s Fury, hehe my phone text knows that title too 🙂 anyhow Bryony was really nice. She also ran a kids writing academy workshop which my daughter attended and absolutely loved but even better it really boosted daughter’s confidence and improved her literacy at school. If you don’t win then buy it – I’m sure you won’t be disappointed 🙂 If I don’t win I’ll definitely be buying it for myself and my daughter to read. Thanks for the post and comp 😀

  32. Lauren Phillippi

    Sounds really cool, thanks for the chance to win!

  33. Sweety


    Thanks for the international giveaway. 🙂

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