A blog by Nikki Dudley about the gaps in everyday life...



My debut novel, Ellipsis, was published by Sparkling Books on 26th April 2010. It is also available in electronic formats.


You can buy P/B copies of Ellipsis on this blog

More P/B or electronic copies can be bought from all good retailers! 


"Right on time," Daniel Mansen mouths to Alice as she pushes him to his death. Haunted by these words, Alice becomes obsessed with discovering how a man she didn't know could predict her actions. On the day of the funeral, Daniel's cousin, Thom, finds a piece of paper in Daniel's room detailing the exact time and place of his death.

As Thom and Alice both search for answers, they become knotted together in a story of obsession, hidden truths and the gaps in everyday life that can destroy or save a person.

Ellipsis is a disturbing thriller stemming from what is left unsaid, what bounces around in the mind and evaporates when trying to remember. Can there be a conclusion when no-one seems to know the truth?


'Electric, visual and at times arresting.'
- Judy Darley, Essential Writers website

'It’s a tale that will keep them wondering, gasping, thinking, smiling, grimacing, rereading. What more can a reader ask for?
-Mike Lipkin of Noir Journal

'This novel completely lived up to my initial favorable impression. The shocking and intriguing first chapter set up certain expectations that the author effortlessly carried right through to the end.'
- Cas Peace, author of 'King's Envoy'

Read more at Cas' blog

'The cover of Ellipsis reflects perfectly what's in the tin. An original and disturbing psychological thriller that never lets up.' 
- Sally Spedding, crime author.  

'The pacing is excellent, the characters fragile, flawed and consumed with grief and guilt. I could not recommend this book enough.'
-Tim, Goodreads

'Lyrical prose intertwines with an elegiac and introspective narrative.'
- The Truth About Books website

'Nikki Dudley has a burgeoning literary career that should go on from strength to strength following the publication of the magnificent Ellipsis.'

'Ellipsis is an interesting debut from Nikki Dudley that (happily) never quite settles into the shape you might expect.'
- David Hebblethwaite, Follow the Thread

*Read the full review at Follow the Thread blog

'Ellipsis is rewarding, psychologically complex, and disconcerting; Dudley has an often startling eye for description, and her portrayal of everyday disconnect will delight readers looking for something slightly different in the mystery-thriller genre.'
- Sam Ruddock, Writers' Centre Norwich

* Read the full review at Books, Time and Silence blog or Vulpes Libris

'It gave me the chills...I could picture everything as it happened.'
- Al Stone, author of Talisman Of El

'This is the type of story that keeps a reader up half the night.'

- Maureen Vincent-Northam, author of 'The Writer's ABC Checklist'

'Tight, evocative gut-punches tempered by the desperate details of everyday life.'

- Shawn Kupfer, author of 'White Male, 34'


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