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Relatively StrangeRelatively Strange

Marilyn Messik

  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Action/Adventure/Spy
  • Crime/Whodunit

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Why I wrote this book

I’ve written all my life – fact, fiction, lots of commercial material for my businesses as well as for clients - and inspiration’s a funny thing. Sometimes it’s there, all hale and hearty, other times you can just glimpse it in the distance, palely loitering and not wanting anything to do with you. However, when it came to Relatively Strange, none of the usual rules seemed to apply, I simply started it off and then it took over and went exactly the way it wanted. 


Growing up and family life has its difficulties for everyone and it’s so tricky to know what’s normal if you’re not! 

Stella certainly has no hesitation filing herself in the ‘unusual’  drawer, but it's only when she discovers she's not unique, that what up until now has merely caused extraordinary blips in an ordinary life, acquires a whole new dimension. 

Forced to call on resources she didn’t know she possessed and thrust headlong into the violence of a situation for which nothing could have prepared her, she’s suddenly face to face with the stark reality of medical experimentation and its horrifying consequences.

But in a world of uncertainties, one thing is beyond doubt - this hero stuff just isn't her. Normal, or as near as damn it, is what she's after and if that means  smothering her instincts, building her shielding and adjusting her expectations well, so be it.  At least she'll know, should she slip off the wagon occasionally, it'll be through choice, not chance and to suit herself.  However, isn't it a fact, just when you think you've got yourself sorted, life turns round and bites you?

About the Author

Marilyn Messik

Marilyn’s ‘daytime job’ is copywriting which, she says, satisfies her bossy streak, allowing her to stick her nose into a lot of other peoples’ businesses, helping them with communication and strategy. 

Prior to opening her own first enterprise, a children’s party shop, more years ago than she cares to remember, Marilyn cut her writing teeth on magazine features and fiction. She subsequently moved into the world of travel, publishing an annual guide on country hotels for several years, before selling out to Thomas Cook Publishing. 

Over the last few years, alongside commercial copywriting, she’s spent time working with a number of clients writing their own books. She began to feel that if she was to continue issuing advice left right and centre, she really ought to put into practice what she was so busy preaching -  and write one of her own.


Twitter: @marilyn_messik


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Marilyn Messik


Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing

Publication date

1st December 2013

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