…..Week ending 1st May 2016.
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (30th June 2016)
She kept moving forward. She didn’t stop. She didn’t look back.
Lily has been abducted from outside her high-school gates.
For eight long years she’s been locked away from the outside world. During that time she’s changed from a girl into a woman. She’s had a baby.
And now she has seized her chance and escaped.
Running for her life, with her daughter in her arms, she returns to her family and the life she used to know – to her much-loved twin sister Abby, her mum, her high-school boyfriend – and her freedom.
But is it possible to go back?
Lily’s perfect life as a teenager doesn’t exist any more. Since she’s been gone, her family’s lives have changed too, in ways she never could have imagined.
Her return, and the revelation of who took her, will send shockwaves through the whole community.
Impossible not to read in one sitting, Baby Doll is a taut psychological thriller that focuses on family entanglements and the evil that can hide behind a benign facade.
The death of wealthy Elizabeth Doyle, a pillar of the local community, shakes the village of West Deering.
Who could hold a fatal grudge against such a woman – and act upon it in such quiet, sleepy surroundings?
She went missing, along with her car, whilst distributing food for the Meals on Wheels service.
The prime suspects are two London youths, in a clear-cut case of an outsider attack.
However, it appears that the evidence is misleading.
The killer is much closer to home – someone from the centre of this quiet community.
The local villagers offer little assistance for Detective Inspector George Hasted, their behaviour becoming increasingly wary and suspicious.
With so many stories surrounding the murder, which can Inspector Hasted believe?
He can trust no-one….
A Choice of Victims is a gripping murder mystery by master of the genre J F Straker
Praise for J F Straker
‘A perfectly plotted story that is both chilling and memorable.’ – Robert Foster, best-selling author of The Lunar Code.
J F Straker was born in Farnborough, Kent and lived in Sussex. During the war he served with The Buffs and on the General Staff and then became a schoolmaster. His interest in writing began at an early age but it was not until the war when he had to spend long periods in the desert with very little distraction that he completed his first novel. He was the author of twenty-five novels including Murder of Miss Emily and Death on a Sunday Morning.
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Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (1st June 2016)
Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.
In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.
When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.
As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…
Added to my Wish List…..