Struggling to come to terms with the suicide of her teenage son, Ellie lives in the shadows of the Forth Road Bridge, lingering on its footpaths and swimming in the waters below. One day she talks down another suicidal teenager, Sam, and sees for herself a shot at redemption, the chance to atone for her son’s death. But even with the best intentions, she can’t foresee the situation she’s falling headlong into — a troubled family, with some very dark secrets of their own. The Jump is a hugely moving contemporary thriller, and a stunning portrait of an unlikely heroine.
“The epigram to my latest novel, The Jump, is a lyric quote from a Scottish band called Frightened Rabbit. The song is ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’, and it features in the book, which is set in South Queensferry on the banks of the River Forth in the shadow of the Forth Road Bridge. The book is a thriller, but is also about suicide and grief and escape, and the song seemed to fit that mood perfectly. So here’s my cover version of it.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Doug Johnstone is a thriller author who has been praised by the likes of Ian Rankin and Irvine Welsh. He has written seven books including Gone Again, which is available in the U.S. He is also a freelance journalist, a songwriter and musician, and has a PhD in nuclear physics. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.