The Accidental Life of Greg Miller by Aimee Alexander


Lucy Arigho’s first encounter with Greg Millar is far from promising, but she soon realises he possesses a charm that is impossible to resist. Just eight whirlwind weeks after their first meeting, level-headed career girl Lucy is seriously considering his pleas to marry him and asking herself if she could really be stepmother material.

But before Lucy can make a final decision about becoming part of Greg’s world, events plunge her right into it. On holiday in the South of France, things start to unravel. Her future stepchildren won’t accept her, the interfering nanny resents her, and they’re stuck in a heat wave that won’t let up. And then there’s Greg. His behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre and Lucy begins to wonder whether his larger-than-life personality hides something darker—and whether she knows him at all.

I am not completely sure what I expected from The Accidental Life of Greg Miller, having added it to my TBR many months ago and not really remembering much of the reviews I’d read that had me doing that.  Reading the description, I knew this was outside of my regular reading, and possibly comfort zone, and that it was a relationship book but references to a personality that hides something darker made me think maybe there was a thriller in here as well.

Long story short(ish), there wasn’t, though it wasn’t a boring read in any way.  At it’s heart this is a love story, not my usual read at all.  That said, I still found myself enjoying it because I really liked the characters and quickly fell into their story.  I thought they were well rounded with plenty of quirks to make them real and Lucy’s reactions to Greg’s behaviour as the book progresses felt genuine.

The way they met was right out of a rom-com and it’s hard not to be as charmed as Lucy by Greg’s love of life and spontaneity.  Given Lucy’s past you want her to find happiness and you believe she has in Greg. It’s also hard not to feel as thrown as she is when confronted with what are huge changes in Greg’s behaviour, changes which put her and his children’s lives at risk.

Whilst I don’t like spoilers, I am going to give things away next so please skip to the last paragraph if you don’t want to find out more.

I blame the type of books I normally read for making me think that Greg’s behaviour, when it changed, would come from a bad place.  That’s what Lucy thought too.  She was convinced it was drugs.  I wasn’t so sure but I did think he was hiding something.  He wasn’t though.  He actually wasn’t aware of what he was doing because he was in the middle of a manic episode and suffering from bi-polar disorder. The reason I decided to share this is because, for me, it was one of the things that made the book stand out.

I work in the mental health sector and mental ill health is often called the hidden disease because you can’t see it, just witness the behaviours.  As a result, a lot of people don’t understand what is happening to them, friends or family members who are ill.  They will see other causes (like drugs) when there are none or think people can “snap out of it”, which they can’t.  To be suffering from a mental illness is scary for the person who is ill but also those around them.

Here, Greg’s mental illness was a huge part of the story, the main part really as without it and Lucy / his family’s reaction there would be no drama at all, but I thought it was handled really well.  It showed the impact mental illness has on everyone, including Greg’s children, who don’t really understand and who have to grow up a lot more quickly than they might otherwise (even though the adults try to protect them).  For Lucy, there are stages to her acceptance and you see how she struggles to decide if she can handle their future when there is a risk of relapse.  Nothing here felt sensationalised and it wasn’t glossed over.  It takes a talented writer to do that well and I tip my hat to Aimee Alexander for doing just that.

Spoiler’s are over – feel free to read on…

Which leaves me just to say what I felt about this book.  And I have to say I liked it a lot.  Not may usual read but a very good one I can definitely recommend.




Source: Purchased
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: 26th April, 2016
Pages: 390
Format: ebook
Genre: Romance, General Fiction

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Weekly update: 26th February, 2017

Morning everyone, hope you are having a good weekend. Mine was a long one as I was off Friday (meaning a four day work week as well – yay!). My mom and I went on a much delayed trip to York for shopping and then afternoon tea at Betty’s – one of my favourite places for cake on the planet. We finished it off with a glass of champagne and it couldn’t have been more perfect. It was lovely to have a “me” day, especially as yesterday was definitely a “her” day due to children’s birthday parties and play dates and bedroom painting today. I was exhausted by the end, though the little one was still going strong (probably due to the amount of sugar she’d consumed!).

My day out Friday and an incredibly busy week running up to it meant I didn’t post on the day, though I did have posts scheduled for the rest of the week so I didn’t disappear completely from my online world. Here’s what I posted…

On Monday was my review of a much belated read – Evil Games by Angela Marsons. I had loved the first book in this series staring DI Kim Stone but never gotten round to reading the second.  Until now and I am very glad I did but also slightly annoyed at myself for having waited so long because it was brilliant.  Kim Stone is a great character but the plot was so clever and the whole book so well written.  I really enjoyed this one.

On Tuesday I introduced by latest read – Human Acts by Han Kang.  I loved Kang’s The Vegetarian, which I read last January and has stayed with me as one of my best books of the year and possibly favourite books ever read despite it’s dark themes.  Human Acts sounds like it will be just as dark and I have put off reading it now till this week as I wanted to concentrate and I couldn’t do that sat on trains.  I have high hopes for it when I start reading Tuesday.

On Wednesday I reviewed Perfect Remains by Helen Fields, another excellent read – especially as it was a debut novel.  Like Evil Games the “bad guy” here was a brilliant psychopath, one who was focused on their end goal and determined not to be caught.  Set in Edinburgh with a French detective this was a real page turner and kept me up well into the night.

On Thursday I reviewed Unlocking Italian with Paul Noble, which I was lucky enough to win a copy of and helped me get over my fear of speaking a language I can read and understand.  I’m not sure anything will stick but it will definitely be brought out again if I get my much longed for trip to Rome later this year.

As I said I didn’t post anything Friday but I did pick up a few books I’ve had my eye on (links to goodreads)…

You (You, #1) The Passenger What She Knew The Escape




Escape is the only Arc as I have quite few review books now to read and I don’t like to have too many on the go – I aim for one review book a week tops but a lot seem to be coming out in one go so I have called a halt to requests till I catch up.

And that’s it for this week.  What about yours?  How has it gone, what have you read?


Unlocking Italian with Paul Noble

9780008135843-jpgI’m sure I’m not the only one who says they are rubbish at languages, well at least here in the UK, having tried to learn French in school, Italian at university and Spanish for fun (and to make holidays easier). None have been easy and none have stuck. Still, I keep trying, feeling like a bit of a failure if I don’t- and that’s especially the case with Italian.

Why Italian?  Because I did it for nearly four years at college at honours level and whilst, even all these years later, I can understand the spoken and written word (with a bit of time and concentration) but I can’t string a sentence together without a lot of effort – by which point the person I am trying to speak to has lost the will to live and gone off for a beer.

Late last year, I tried again, taking a short, six week, course.  And, once again, I left stumbling over my phrasing.  So, when I saw the chance to try Paul Noble’s Unlocking Italian guide I jumped at the chance – determined that, one day, I will be a failure no more.  After a few weeks of working my way through it, I’m still not fluent, but I do have to say I feel more confident than I have in a long time of being able to say more than a few words without choking.

The aim of Unlocking Italian is to help people who are travelling to Italy speak to the people who live there without resorting to a phrasebook and butchering the language as you do.  As Paul says in the introduction, the phrasebook is most people’s go to and they don’t work because they provide limited options for what to say and don’t provide you with the building blocks to say what you want to.

It’s the saying what I want to say that always gets me. I become paralysed by getting the correct words in the correct order and with the correct inflection.  I worry about whether something is masculine or feminine, singular or plural and my brain has to go through all of that before I can get anything out of my mouth.  With this, I just had the opportunity to say things and it felt refreshing.

Unlocking Italian has two parts – the first is two audio CDs (which I moved over to my ipad so I could listen on the go).  Paul introduces the process and then talks you through how to structure sentences and phrases in short (3 / 4 minute) sections, helped by a native speaker so you can hear how the words should sound.  He starts with three ground rules:

  1. Take your time
  2. Don’t make any effort to remember
  3. Don’t worry if you make mistakes

They are all very reassuring for an overachiever like me who would otherwise have had pen and paper out.  Instead, I let myself go with the flow and started to enjoy myself.

Once you’ve gone through the audio you move onto the book, which builds on what you’ve learnt and allows you to see what you have been saying written down.  It’s more in-depth and really helpful.  I am glad you don’t look at the book as you go though or work through it first as otherwise I think I’d have felt overwhelmed as usual.

The big thing, of course, will be whether any of this sticks and I don’t know the answer to that.  I hope it does but if it doesn’t (or doesn’t all) then I know I can pick it up again, and probably will before I head off to Italy – which we hope to do this summer – or start another Italian class.

Overall then, for those wanting to kick-start their learning or just feel more confident on holiday, this is a really good starting point.  It’s easy to follow, easy to listen to, and easy to do – taking up very little time in the grand scheme of things.  For me, it was fun and I would recommend it to anyone out there itching to say more than Ciao!



Note: I won a copy of this from the publisher.  It was not provided in return for a review but I have chosen to write one.  All thoughts, feelings, and opinions are my own.

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Perfect Remains by Helen Fields

32580398On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.

In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness.

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.

It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes … The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

In a remote part of the Cairngorm mountains, a man carefully buries the body of the young woman he has recently killed.  He takes his time, is almost ritualistic about it, leaving clues as he goes.  He doesn’t want to get caught but he does want the police to know who his victim is.  It’s all part of his plan.

In this pretty much perfect opening to Perfect Remains, we meet Dr. King – serial kidnapper and killer and man on a mission, though what that mission is isn’t yet clear.  As King is introduced in chapter five, I don’t feel I’m giving away too much naming him but am going to stop there to avoid spoilers – this book is such a good one I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who wants to read it.

What I will say is that, whilst I don’t normally like books that tell me who did it so early on (I like to do the guessing), here it worked and didn’t bother me at all.  King is such a big character and his actions so off that I still felt there was plenty to discover.  I really wanted to know what had led him to this point and what he would do next, especially as the police net closed around him and his best laid plans didn’t go quite the way he thought they would.  It makes the book a bit more of a “why-dunnit” versus “who-dunnit” then for the reader.  Not so much for the police though, who are at a loss as to who the killer is, who his next victim will be and why they are his victims.

Leading the case is DI Luc Callanach, a man with a past. Formerly of Interpol, he has left his native France under a cloud, hoping to settle in the chillier climates of Edinburgh (one of my favourite settings for books).  His new life is not without problems, not just because there is a killer on the loose – his new team are wary of him, bordering on resentful, he has anger issues and his past seems to be catching up with him.

Callanach is an interesting and powerful character, one I started off not liking but who grew on me – what is it they say about a bark being worse than a bite?  His attitude could easily have overpowered the story but thankfully it was tempered by another DI, Ava Turner who is equally as powerful but more grounded, able to pull Luc back when he goes too far.  Ava isn’t his partner – she has her own case which runs parallel to Luc’s – but they make a good team, bouncing off each other to solve problems.

As characters, they are well written and well developed, just what you want in a book and impressive not only because this is the first in a series but also because it is a debut (well, kind off, Fields has self-published two fantasy novels before this was picked up).  This is a great read – the book is well written and well plotted with good pace – it kept me turning pages well into the night and, like my first read this week (Evil Games by Angela Marsons) there really isn’t anything I could say I would change.  I loved this one and can’t wait for the next in the series.




Source: Library
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 26th January, 2017
Pages: 369
Format: ebook
Genre: Crime, Mystery

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Tuesday Intro: Human Acts by Han Kang

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week I’m reading Human Acts by Han Kang, whose book The Vegetarian was one of my favourite books of last year and still haunts me now.  Here’s what Human Acts is about…

30091914In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed.

The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho’s best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory worker, each suffering from traumatic memories; and to Dong-ho’s own grief-stricken mother; and through their collective heartbreak and acts of hope is the tale of a brutalized people in search of a voice.

And here’s how it starts

The Boy, 1980

Looks like rain,” you mutter to yourself.

What’ll we do if it really chucks it down?

You open your eyes so that only a slender chink of light seeps in, and peer at the gingko trees in front of the Provincial Office. As though there, between those branches, the wind is about to take on visible form. As though the raindrops suspended in the air, held breath before the plunge, are on the cusp of trembling down, glittering like jewels.

When you open your eyes properly, the trees’ outlines dim and blur. You’re going to need glasses before long. This thought gets briefly disturbed by the whooping and applause that breaks out from the direction of the fountain. Perhaps your sight’s as bad now as it’s going to get, and you’ll be able to get away without glasses after all?

What do you think – I appreciate this book might not be for everyone but would you keep on reading?


Evil Games by Angela Marsons

25067570The greater the Evil, the more deadly the game…
When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.

Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time – it’s personal.

Finally – over a year and a half after reading Silent Scream, the first D.I. Kim Stone novel – I have gotten round to doing what I always planned to do, reading Evil Games (the second in the series).  Why has it taken so long? I have no idea, and it wasn’t because I hadn’t enjoyed the first book.  More, it was a case of too many books and too little time.  Still, I made it eventually…and I’m very glad that I did because it was really, really, really good.

The book opens with Kim and her team raiding the house of a suspected child abuser, a nasty subject matter any time you have to read about it and Marsons gets that across from the first page. The people involved are not nice and Kim is determined to bring them down.  At the same time, a young woman, traumatised by a horrific rape sits with her psychiatrist trying to come to terms with what has happened to her and the fact her rapist has recently been released from prison.  Later, she takes a knife and attacks the man who attacked her.

Investigating the attack, Kim contacts the psychiatrist (Alex) to try and understand what would make the young woman do what she did.  Instead of a concerned doctor, she finds someone who seems more interested in how the young woman reacted after the fact; it’s something Kim can’t get her head around and makes her want to know more about Alex and just what she is up to.

All of a sudden, the story, which you thought was going to focus on the child abuse case, changes and becomes something much more complex and complicated – in a good way.  The initial case doesn’t go away but Kim can’t stop her mind going back to Alex, especially as she becomes involved in more cases that seem to involve the doctor as well.  Adding to her suspicions is the fact that, each time they meet, the doctor seems to know more about Kim and her past.

It’s a past Kim would rather not return to – she had a troubled childhood and has grown up to be a troubled woman as a result.  She’s also a good detective, one who will stop at nothing to find the truth and making sure that the guilty pay.   She doesn’t do much to make friends as a result of her past yet there is something likeable about her all the same – possibly because she has the loyalty of the team and possibly because you know she will always try and find the truth.

In Alex, she has found a perfect adversary in many ways, one who pushes her buttons and leads her into danger (which she can see but can’t avoid).  The way they played off each other was very clever and made Alex a very chilling character.  I was worried at first she might become a caricature but thankfully that wasn’t the case and I believed in her throughout the book, making it easy to become absorbed in the plot and keep turning the pages.

Adding to my enjoyment was the setting, the Black Country, where I lived for over ten years.  It was fun to read about my old stomping ground, even if it was the seedier side of it.  For those who don’t know it, Marsons does a great job of describing the places and the people who live there.  In fact, she does a great job all round here.  Evil Games is well written, with a clever story, interesting characters and plenty of tension.  I really can’t find anything that I would have liked done differently or that didn’t sit right with me, leaving me loving this book and determined not to wait so long till I read the next one!




Source: Library
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 29th May, 2015
Pages: 384
Format: ebook
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Buy Now: Amazon UK

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Weekly update: 19th February, 2017

Good morning. I hope everyone has a good week and weekend. I’ve been off this week so it’s definitely been a good one for me. We didn’t go away, other than a long weekend in Oxford, but did lots of day trips. It was lovely, sleeping in and then just deciding where to go depending on the weather (which was thankfully pretty warm most days).

Blog wise, I didn’t get as much of the admin I wanted done, settling for updating my reviews by authors page but I am happy to have managed that plus two reviews…

I started the week with The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle, which I didn’t enjoy as much as I hoped not just because I kept picturing screen versions of Sherlock and the story but also because the plot left me having to makes leaps in logic I struggled with.

I ended with Where My Heart Used To Beat by Sebastian Faulks, which was a sobering read with it’s focus on the impact of war and lost love but was also fascinating with it’s historical look at how people with mental health issues were treated. A recommended read.

In between, I introduced my latest read – Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary – talked about the only book I remember making me cry And read two books, both of which I  enjoyed and should get reviews up for this week (links to goodreads)…

Perfect Remains (D.I. Callanach, #1) Evil Games (D.I. Kim Stone, #2)

And that’s it for me this week. How was your week, reading and otherwise?

emma x

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#FF: Books that made me cry


Once again, I’m joining in again with Feature & Follow hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Each week they post a prompt, which you respond to, and then spend some time visiting and following other blogs (the following is an important part). Feel free to join in – it’s fun and a great way to meet other bloggers.

This weeks prompt is…

What was the first book that moved you? Scared you, made you cry, disturbed your view of the world?

Normally, I would answer this with the first book that really scared me.  Unfortunately, I talked about this last week in the Feature and Follow as it is also one of the only books I re-read regularly – Dracula (I am if nothing else consistent in my picks I guess).

This leaves a problem as most of the books I read are crime fiction, mysteries, or thrillers – which means there aren’t many book I’ve read that have made me cry or left with a disturbed view of the world (though there are some that have really made me think and view the world differently as a result).  So, I have really had to wrack my brain to think of an answer of this.  What I’ve come up with is the only book I can think of that really made me cry – and it was a long time ago.

I feel like there should be a drum roll now but here it is…Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurty which came out in 1975 and I probably read in the early 80’s when I was a teenager and so prone to bouts of emotion.  I haven’t read it since and I’ve never seen the movie and, if I’m honest, I don’t really remember much about it other than it choked me up from pretty much the beginning.  Reading the description on Goodreads I’m not surprised…

317843In this acclaimed novel that inspired the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Larry McMurtry created two unforgettable characters who won the hearts of readers and moviegoers everywhere: Aurora Greenway and her daughter Emma.  Aurora is the kind of woman who makes the whole world orbit around her, including a string of devoted suitors. Widowed and overprotective of her daughter, Aurora adapts at her own pace until life sends two enormous challenges her way: Emma’s hasty marriage and subsequent battle with cancer. Terms of Endearment is the Oscar-winning story of a memorable mother and her feisty daughter and their struggle to find the courage and humour to live through life’s hazards — and to love each other as never before.

Just reading this I’m not surprised I started crying – and it may be one of the reasons I now stick with less emotional, more murderous, fare.  What about you – what book has scared you, made you cry or changed your view of the world.


Where My Heart Used To Beat by Sebastian Faulks

30738612On a small island off the south coast of France, Robert Hendricks – an English doctor who has seen the best and the worst the twentieth century had to offer – is forced to confront the events that made up his life. His host is Alexander Pereira, a man who seems to know more about his guest than Hendricks himself does.

The search for the past takes us through the war in Italy in 1944, a passionate love that seems to hold out hope, the great days of idealistic work in the 1960s and finally – unforgettably – back into the trenches of the Western Front.

I have been a huge fan of Sebastian Faulks since reading Human Remains over ten years ago.  After I had, I went on a bit of a Faulks binge and read everything he’d written up to the that point and have read every book he’s written since.  Some I’ve loved, some I’ve not.  None have been boring and one, Engleby, is one of my favourite books of all time. Why, then, it’s taken me over a year since it’s release to read Where My Heart Used to Beat is beyond me – other than there are too many books on my shelves and my kindle for me to keep up.

The book opens in the early 80’s with Dr. Robert Hendricks’ leaving New York in a hurry.  Why he’s in a hurry is never completely clear, though as you start to get to know him you wonder if he isn’t always slightly on the run – from his past and from his life in general.  Back in London, he decides to respond to a letter that he received weeks before from a Dr. Pereira, inviting him to visit the doctor at his home on a small island off the coast of France.  Faulks likes France and a lot of his books are set there (even if just in part); the way he writes about it, with affection, is so clear I felt that I was there with him.

He is drawn to the Pereira because he says he knew Hendricks’ father during WWI and has things to tell him.   Hendricks never knew his father, he died when he was two, and has mixed feelings about knowing more but feels compelled to accept the offer of a visit.  In fact, he has mixed feelings about everything to do with his life.  He seems incapable of forming lasting relationships, keeping himself at a distance from those who try to become friends and pulling away from romantic relationships as soon as they become serious.

Pereira instinctively sees this in Hendricks and, over the course of several weeks and several visits, slowly draws out the story of his past, what in it has led him to become the man he is in the present.  It’s a past that starts with his dead father before focusing on his experiences in WWII and his lost love, Louisa, a woman he has never been able to forget.  Weaving between past, present, his time in France and his time in England, slowly the story that emerges is of a man who is in pain, and always has been.

The irony in it is that he is a psychiatrist, he should have been able to see and understand his behaviours, yet it takes a stranger to bring him out of himself and help him try and maybe find some peace during the last years of his life (Hendrick is 64 in the present).  I found this side of it very sad and the story overall very touching.  Faulks has an amazing ability to paint a picture of what a person is thinking and feeling without beating you over the head with it.  I felt like I was discovering the truth at the same time as Hendricks.

The story itself focuses on themes that are familiar to a lot of Faulks’ writing.  His books look at love, loss, the war and also mental illness.  Faulks’ description of the battlefield is unflinching and unflattering at times.  The men he writes about were heros but the war itself was not a heroic time.  How men and women lived, how they behaved, in order to survive is shown here in all its glory and tragedy.  His description of how mental illness was seen over a period of around 80 years was also fascinating, especially as I work in the mental health field.  There is tragedy in this too, in how people were treated – especially things like PTSD – and how they were judged.

In fact, tragic could sum this book up in many ways – I felt a lot of sadness whilst reading it, as Hendricks laid himself bare and I came to understand just how he had never truly lived despite having an interesting life and successful career.  Don’t get me wrong, there are moments of joy in his memories and light at the end of the tunnel as he comes to terms with his past, but this is not a happy book.  Because of that, it won’t be for everyone I’m sure.  I know other reviews I have read have said as much.  For me, though, it was a wonderfully written window into a damaged soul and I really liked it a lot.





Source: Library
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Publication Date: 30th June, 2016 (first published 10th September, 2015)
Pages: 337
Format: ebook
Genre: Literary fiction


Tuesday intro: Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week I am reading Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary, an author I’ve read before but not for many moons. Here’s what it’s about….


It’s winter, the nights are dark and freezing, and a series of seemingly random assaults is pulling DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake out onto streets of London. When Marnie’s family home is ransacked, there are signs that the burglary can have only been committed by someone who knows her. Then a child goes missing, yet no-one has reported it. Suddenly, events seem connected, and it’s personal.

Someone out there is playing games. It is time for both Marnie and Noah to face the truth about the creeping, chilling reaches of a troubled upbringing. Keeping quiet can be a means of survival, but the effects can be as terrible as killing.

And here’s how it starts…

Six years ago

He’s washing the car–slapping water, sloppy. She’s in the kitchen, cutting. Not meat and not bread, something that chunks under the knife. Carrots, or onions. The sounds soak up through the house to where Stephen is sitting in the room with the red wall.

What do you think – not much to go on is it? Would you keep reading to find out more?