After an author has had a successful first novel, so successful that it won the Branford Boase Award for the most outstanding debut novel, a Society of Authors’ award and was shortlisted for four other major book awards, the pressure to succeed with the second book can be insurmountable.

However, this is something that Annabel Pitcher needn’t worry about as her latest offering doesn’t disappoint.

Dubbed a book for “young adults” - although this shouldn’t discourage as this genre tone is only evident in short snippets - it begins with a bang as the narrator, Zoe, admits she has killed someone.

What makes this book even more intriguing is that she is admitting this to her pen-pal, who happens to be on death row in Alabama. Intrigued? You should be.

Ketchup Clouds twists and turns its way along the road to execution until the ‘whodunit’ moment is nigh. Pitcher is definitely one to watch.