Nicci is the author of two YA novels, as well as two novels for adults: Someday Find Me (Fourth Estate, 2012) and Lay Me Down (Vintage, 2015). She is also the co-producer of literary salon Speakeasy, where she often hosts YA events. She was born in Cambridgeshire in 1986 and, before writing novels, she was in charge of permissions at Faber, where she negotiated with people who wanted to put Plath on stamps or translate Eliot into Pirate.
Since becoming a writer, she has also worked as an elf, a waitress in a cocktail bar, and a nanny. She writes and lives in London.
Close Your Eyes: Southfield High School is oh so normal, with its good teachers, its bad, and its cliques. But despite the cliques, there’s a particular group of friends who have known each other forever and know that they can rely on each other for anything. There’s the twins: Vis, rebellious, kind, and just a tiny bit worried about what the hell she’s going to do once this year is over, and Aisha, smart, quiet and observant. Then there’s Remy, the loudmouth, and Gemma, who’s more interested in college boys and getting into the crap club in town. And then there’s Elise: the pretty one. But at the start of Year 11, when the group befriend the new boy, Elijah, things start to change. The group find themselves not as close as they used to be. Until one Tuesday, when the students are trapped inside the school building. And one of them has a gun. Close Your Eyes is the story of a school shooting which, through interviews, messages and questionable actions, asks: Who is truly responsible?
Follow Me Back: There was no sign of a struggle, they whisper to each other. She took her phone but left her laptop behind. Apparently, she’d met someone online, they write to each other in class, phones buzzing. She ran away. She was taken. The first time Aiden Kendrick hears about Lizzie Summersall’s disappearance is when the police appear at his front door. He and Lizzie used to be friends; they aren’t anymore. And when Aiden finds out that Lizzie had been talking to strangers on Facebook; that the police think she went to meet one of them, he begins to wonder how well he ever really knew her, and Aiden doesn’t know it yet, but with Lizzie’s disappearance his life is about to take a twisted and desperate turn.