Spectrum Magazine


The psychological crime thriller, RED RIBBONS, written by ex-banker Louise Phillips, took the literary world by storm this year. 

Louise, who previously worked in Bank of Ireland from her early twenties, returned to her passion of writing six years ago. Having won various literary awards, including the Jonathon Swift Award, The Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice Platform, along with short listing for Bridport UK, The Molly Keane Memorial Award, and the RTE/Penguin short story competition, in 2012, she was the recipient of an Art Bursary for Literature from South County Dublin.

Her debut novel, RED RIBBONS, which centres on the abduction and murder of twelve-year-old schoolgirls, with criminal psychologist, Dr Kate Pearson, who is brought in by police to get inside the mind of the killer before he strikes again, hit the Bestseller List in the first week of release, receiving rave reviews, particularly for the insight it offers into the emotions of a mother who has lost her child.

Chosen by Hughes & Hughes, as their Parent’s Choice for the October/November issue of The Irish Parent Magazine, the launch of this psychological crime thriller, RED RIBBONS, was the most successful launch in the booksellers 26 year history.

“I think the fear of the ‘bad man’, whoever he might be, and how we can recognise him in his many guises, has changed considerably in modern Ireland,” says Louise. “This is one of the central themes of the novel. We’re all too aware of the sins of the past, but even in today’s world, where the protection of our children has never been more to the forefront, are we really equipped to recognise this danger.”

RED RIBBONS, reviewed by RTE’s Arts Programme Arena, has been described by bestselling crime writer, Arlene Hunt, as “a cracker of a novel, and a phenomenal debut.”  Louise’s writing with overtones of both Sophie Hannah and Tana French, certainly seems like a ‘must read’ novel, and the literary panel of the Bord Gais Irish Books Award agree, as it has been shortlisted for Crime Novel of the Year 2012.

You can find out more about Louise, and her debut novel, RED RIBBONS, by visiting her website, www.louise-phillips.com

RED RIBBONS, is available in bookstores nationwide, or via Amazon, in both kindle and paperback editions.