The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke Book Review @phoebe_locke @Wildfirebks

The Tall Man: A page-turning thriller for the summer by [Locke, Phoebe]

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The Tall Man is an ADDICTIVE and UNFORGETTABLE blend of psychological suspense and spine-tingling chills with a hint of Stephen King, Ruth Ware, and Sarah Pinborough’s BEHIND HER EYES. If you love STRANGER THINGS, prepare to be haunted by THE TALL MAN.

A SENSELESS MURDER. A TERRIFYING LEGEND. A FAMILY HAUNTED.

1990: In the darkest woods, three girls devote themselves to a sinister figure.

2000: A young mother disappears, leaving behind her husband and baby daughter.

2018: A teenage girl is charged with murder, and her trial will shock the world.

Three chilling events, connected by the shadow he casts.

He is the Tall Man. He can make you special…

MY THOUGHTS

The Tall Man is an utterly gripping and a sinister read from Phoebe Locke. The idea of The Tall Man is a really unsettling one, and it does sweep you up as you try to work out if The Tall Man is real, or if there is something else that is going on here. This is a novel that I think will stay with readers long after finishing.

We start the novel in the present day when an American film crew are filming a documentary on a crime which shocked the world. We know that Amber Banner has killed someone, but we don’t know who, but we do know that she has just been acquitted for murder. As the novel progresses we learn more about Amber’s childhood, and of the effect the legend of The Tall Man had on her mother, Sadie, who abandoned Amber when she was only a young baby. It is the legend of The Tall Man which really grips the nation and the rest of the world.

I loved the spooky elements in this book and Phoebe brought the atmospheric settings to life, I think I will always be slightly wary whenever I next see a forest. The different timelines worked really well in this book, and I enjoyed trying to work out how the ending was going to unfold and who the person was who Amber killed. I thought what was really scary was how seriously the school girls took the legend of The Tall Man, which becomes an obsession for them and as well in how easily others could be manipulated.

There were some hard hitting reveals which Phoebe managed to keep under lock and key really well, right up until those tense final moments. If you’re looking for a chilling read this summer then you should definitely pick this book up.

Publisher: Wildfire

Publication date: 7th June 2018 (kindle) 14th June 2018 (hardcover)

Print length: 368 pages

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Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh blog tour @Lauren_BooksPR @SSCav @orionbooks #thatbookthathook

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh. Thank you to Tracey Fenton at The Book Club for inviting me to take part.

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THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?’

Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game.

Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one.

This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.

But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial.

Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.

MY THOUGHTS

I devoured Thirteen in just two days! I’ve seen this book all over Twitter and it does have that killer hook that I’m always looking for in a crime novel. The serial killer isn’t on trial, he’s on the jury. If that isn’t enough to pique your interest I don’t know what will. Already I was thinking, how would Steve Cavanagh manage to weave such a complex idea? But he does it and he does it tremendously well! Thirteen is such a clever book.

This is the fourth novel to feature defense lawyer, Eddie Flynn, but don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous books in the series as this can be read as a stand-alone. The client who Eddie is representing is a Hollywood star, and he is on trial for the murder of his wife and her lover. It is up to Eddie to prove his innocence and he believes that the man he is representing isn’t the killer. But how can he prove it with the weight of evidence against him?

I absolutely loved this book. It is pacy and hugely addictive, with sharp writing and cracking dialogue. We get to view the court proceedings from the minds of the jury in this book and Steve delves into their thoughts as they examine the evidence against the man on trial. But this is a novel with a twist. Among the members of the jury there is a killer, but what is his agenda and how did he manage to get picked? What makes this serial killer so frightening is how smart he is, I think he will stay in the heads of many readers after finishing this book, he is such a fascinating character. As the novel progresses you really aren’t sure which way the jury are going to vote and this is what makes Steve Cavanagh’s writing so tense and as we reached the final denouement, I was on the edge of my seat.

This is one of those books which really does live up to the hype, it is one of the quickest reads I have read this year. I think all I can say now is, read it, you really won’t be disappointed.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 14th June 2018

Print length: 368 pages

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Pretty Little Things by T.M.E Walsh @tmewalsh @HQDigitalUK

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It’s bad when the girls go missing.

It’s worse when the girls are found.

Six months ago, Charlotte almost lost everything. Now, she’s determined to keep her daughter, Elle, safe. So when local girls close to Elle in age and appearance begin to go missing, it’s her worst nightmare.

Charlotte’s fears are confirmed when a frantic search becomes a shocking murder investigation. The girls’ bodies have been found – half-buried, and with traces of mud and wildflowers under their fingernails.

As Charlotte’s obsession with keeping her daughter close pushes her marriage to the brink, local DI Madeleine Wood embarks on a gruelling search for the killer. And, as they dig deeper into the lives of the people they call friends and neighbours, they uncover secrets more terrible than they ever imagined…

Pretty Little Things is the nail-bitingly terrifying new serial killer thriller from TME Walsh – the perfect read for fans of Close to HomeBehind Her Eyes and The Child

MY THOUGHTS

I have been itching to read T.M.E Walsh’s DCI Claire Winters series for a while now and after finishing Pretty Little Things I have bumped them right to the top of my TBR pile. Seriously, why haven’t I got round to reading them sooner? Pretty Little Things is one heck of a psychological thriller, T.ME. Walsh writes so well and she kept me flicking the pages.

At the beginning of the novel, we delve straight into the mind of a serial killer. This was a seriously creepy opening that set the tone of the book straight away; I was utterly gripped from the first sentence. We then move forward to where the police make a shocking discovery. They have finally located the bodies of four young girls who were previously reported missing. Charlotte, who is one of the central characters in this book is distraught as she is friends with the mother of one of the murdered girls. But as Charlotte and the rest of the town come to terms with the discovery, another young girl goes missing, after all this time is the killer back?

T.M.E Walsh certainly delivers on tension. She gets into the heads of her characters really well, especially Charlotte. Undoubtedly she is fearful for her daughter’s safety given what has happened in the town and this is one of the main sources of tension in the book as her daughter rebels against her. I wanted to know what was going to happen to them and there was a strong sense of foreboding which carried through right to the end of the novel, you know that things aren’t going to be plain sailing for Charlotte and her family.

There were times where I thought I had worked out who the killer was. But there was a twist which really took me by surprise, it was one of those flooring moments which really leaves you praising the author. At this point I’m finding this review really difficult to write as I don’t want to give anything away, but let me tell you, it’s one of those twists which will have you looking back. I thought it was weaved really well into the story.

One character who I would have liked to have learnt more about is DI Madeleine Wood, who is the officer in charge of the case. I enjoyed the scenes which featured her, so I’m hoping that she may return in a future book. But primarily this story is Claire’s and it is definitely more of a psychological thriller than a police procedural.

This was an absolutely riveting read from T.M.E Walsh. I’m really looking forward to catching up on her previous books and she is a writer who is now firmly on my radar.

Publisher: HQ Digital

Publication date: 6th June 2018

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Merciless by Heleyne Hammersley blog tour @Bloodhoundbook @hhammersley66

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Two murders. One missing girl.

DI Kate Fletcher is called out to a freezing canal where a woman’s body is found floating in a lock.  With no identification, the police struggle to piece together the details of the woman’s life.

In Thorpe a daughter confesses to the murder of her father.  She says she helped him escape a painful death from liver cancer, but was her role more active than she claims?

As Kate and her team investigate, the links between the two cases are inescapable and everything seems to lead back to the disappearance of a teenager years earlier.

Then the main suspect vanishes….

Can Kate connect the events of past and present to bring the culprit to justice?

MY THOUGHTS

Merciless is the first book by Heleyne Hammersley which I have read and it is a corker. Although I haven’t read the previous book in the DI Kate Fletcher series, I felt that Merciless worked very well as a standalone, so don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous book, although like me, I’m sure you’ll want to once you’ve finished. Heleyne takes us on a tense ride as she explores two, seemingly unrelated crimes and the way in which she pulled them both together is what made this novel a really exciting read.

DI Kate Fletcher is called to a scene where the body of a woman has been pulled from a canal. As the investigation into the young woman’s death gets underway, Kate is called back to the station where another young woman has just confessed to the murder of her father. The two cases are both very different. As both investigations progress, Heleyne takes us back in time as we explore what went on in her character’s lives, which ultimately leads to the events which take place in the present day.

The tension in this book never lets up. It is a very quick read and it took me only a day to finish it. As we get to know the background of the story, I really wanted to know how and if the two cases were going to collide. There are some really well developed characters in this book and I liked that Heleyne gave them a real psychological depth; I had this feeling particularly with Caroline. There are definitely some characters that will get under your skin and I also thought it was interesting how Heleyne played with the feelings of the reader towards them. There were times when my opinions of the characters at the centre of the novel kept changing and this is what made the book a really engrossing read.

DI Kate Fletcher is certainly an exciting addition to the crime fiction world and I’m looking forward to finding out more about her. This was a really enjoyable novel from Heleyne Hammersley. Thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in the tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to read via Netgalley.

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Publication date: 23rd May 2018

Print length: 298 pages

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If Fear Wins by Tony J Forder blog tour @TonyJForder @Bloodhoundbook

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When a torched body is found in a country lane, DI Bliss and Chandler are called in to investigate.

The detectives are drawn towards recent missing person reports, and believe their victim will prove to be one of them. Bliss thinks he knows which, and fears the outcome if he is proven right.

Soon the body is identified, and Bliss and Chandler discover evidence suggesting this murder might be a terrorist attack.

Meanwhile, someone from Bliss’s past needs his help, and soon he is juggling his personal life with the demanding case. To make matters more complicated, MI5 and the Counter-Terrorist Unit are called in to help solve the case. But are they on the right track?

Bliss and Chandler soon find themselves in a race against time, and this might just be their most challenging case yet…

MY THOUGHTS

If Fear Wins is the third book in the DI Bliss and Chandler series by Tony J Forder. The novel opens with the discovery of a body in a country lane, and we learn that the victim has been killed in horrific circumstances. Tony opens the story with a series of questions that I wanted answered, who was the victim they had found, what did he do to deserve what had been inflicted on him?

Tony’s descriptive techniques really brought the scenery in this book to life. He paints the murder scene in vivid detail and I felt as though I was there, Tony reeled me into the story straight away.  After the initial discovery of the body, the police soon think that they know the identity of the victim after scouring local missing person’s reports, and again this opens up more questions for the police which pushes the plot forward.

As we entered the main phase of the investigation, I did feel that the pace in the novel slowed down a little, but Tony kept the intrigue there especially as DI Bliss began to examine the possible theories as to why the man was killed. Some of the ideas that the author explored here were quite alarming to think about, and I can certainly imagine some of the ideas that were put forward happening in real life.

I really liked DI Bliss and Chandler. I thought that they had a good working relationship and it is clear from their dialogue that they are characters who enjoy each other’s company, I’m definitely looking forward to finding to catching up with them again.

If Fear Wins is an intelligent, multi layered and tightly plotted story. I haven’t read the previous books in the series but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and I will certainly be reading the first two books as soon as I can. Thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to read.

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Publication date: 29th May 2018

Print length: 360 pages

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Songs of Innocence by Anne Coates blog tour @Anne_Coates1 @urbanebooks @LoveBooksGroup

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BOOK 3 IN THE GRIPPING HANNAH WEYBRIDGE SERIES

A woman’s body is found in a lake. Is it a sad case of suicide or something more sinister? Hannah Weybridge, still reeling from her friend’s horrific murder and the attempts on her own life, doesn’t want to get involved, but reluctantly agrees to look into the matter for the family.

The past however still stalks her steps, and a hidden danger accompanies her every move.

The third in the bestselling Hannah Weybridge thriller series, Songs of Innocence provides Hannah with her toughest and deadliest – assignment yet…

MY THOUGHTS

From the moment I started reading Songs of Innocence by Anne Coates I was utterly gripped. Although I haven’t read the first two books in the series, which I will soon be rectifying, I thought that this novel could easily be read as a standalone and I had no problems in settling into the story. Anne’s writing has a wonderful flow to it that makes the reader really concentrate on the plot and the characters. This book is perfect for fans of Fiona Barton.

Set in 1994, two boys discover the body of a young Asian woman in a pond at their local park. Detectives investigating the case believe that the woman has committed suicide, but journalist Hannah Weybridge is soon pulled into the mystery when a member of the victim’s family contacts her and asks her to look into the case. And as Hannah’s investigations progresses it appears that foul play may have been committed.

Hannah absolutely fascinated me. We are given some information about previous cases that she has worked on during her career as a journalist and it really made me want to go back and start the series at the beginning. I have really enjoyed books recently that have featured journalists as main characters, and I have now added Hannah Weybridge on that list as well. I also really liked the relationship that she had with her daughter, Elizabeth which gave a very human aspect to her character and it made her really likeable.

In her latest novel, Anne tackles topical issues in her writing and in her current book she looks at forced marriages within the Asian community. Although the book is set twenty years earlier, these are still issues which are prevalent today.

Songs of Innocence is engaging and really well written. I’ll certainly be looking out for books by Anne Coates in the future. Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Group for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Urbane Publications

Publication date: 24th May 2018

Print length: 360 pages

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#RubiconBook by Ian Patrick blog tour @IPatrick_Author @fahrenheitpress @damppebbles

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Two cops, both on different sides of the law – both with the same gangland boss in their sights.

Sam Batford is an undercover officer with the Metropolitan Police who will stop at nothing to get his hands on fearsome crime-lord Vincenzo Guardino’s drug supply.

DCI Klara Winter runs a team on the National Crime Agency, she’s also chasing down Guardino, but unlike Sam Batford she’s determined to bring the gangster to justice and get his drugs off the streets.

Set in a time of austerity and police cuts where opportunities for corruption are rife, Rubicon is a tense, dark thriller that is definitely not for the faint hearted.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ian patrick

Educated in Nottingham, Ian left school at sixteen. After three years in the Civil Service he moved to London for a career in the Metropolitan Police. He spent twenty-seven years as a police officer, the majority as a detective within the Specialist Operations Command. A career in policing is a career in writing. Ian has been used to carrying a book and pen and making notes. Now retired, the need to write didn’t leave and evolved into fiction.
Rubicon is his debut novel published by Fahrenheit Press. He now lives in rural Scotland where he divides his time between family, writing, reading and photography.

MY THOUGHTS

Rubicon is a smart, fast paced thriller by Ian Patrick which delves into the criminal underworld, exploring drug trafficking, gang culture and corruption in the police force. This book is for you if you enjoy your crime fiction gritty and with plenty of action. I’m really looking forward to reading more from Ian Patrick.

We are introduced to Sam Batford, a corrupt, undercover officer working with the metropolitan police. He is tasked with investigating crime-lord Vincenzo Guardino, but Sam has different motives to his boss, DCI Klara Winter who is determined to bring the gang lord to justice. Unknown to Klara, Sam has his eye on Vincenzo Guardino’s drug supply and he makes it his mission to get his hands on it.

This was such an exciting read. At first, when I read the blurb of the book, I wasn’t sure if it was quite going to be my cup of tea, but I was quickly proven wrong. I became swept up in Sam Batford’s dangerous and risky world which was surprising at every turn. I wanted to learn more about Sam and I was really excited to see how the story would develop. He is a very different character to character’s I have come across before in crime fiction and he made this book feel very fresh. Ian Patrick is a writer who has clearly done his research and this comes across well in his writing, you can see where his own experience of working as a police officer and a detective has shaped some aspects of the story.

The visual aspects of this book were excellent and I think that this is a story that will translate well to the big screen; I have heard that Rubicon has been optioned by the BBC which I will definitely be keeping an eye out for.

Rubicon is a book which you can easily lose an afternoon to. If you’re looking for something that is different which will take you on an exciting ride, I highly recommend this book. Thank you to Emma Welton at Damppebbles for inviting me to take part in the tour.

Publisher: Fahrenheit Press

Publication date: 21st August 2017

Print length: 231 pages

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Last Goodbye by Arlene Hunt blog tour @arlenehunt @bookouture

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Every couple has their secrets …

‘The woman’s body lay on the bed, hair fanned out in a golden halo, blue eyes open. On the table stood an unmistakable sign: a bouquet of bright yellow roses…’

On a freezing January morning, a young couple is found dead in their cottage in the quiet Dublin suburbs. When Detective Eli Quinn arrives at the scene his stomach drops. It’s the second double homicide in as many months where the killer has left a bunch of yellow roses.

Tucked between the thorns is a little card, with an image of a broken heart. There’s no doubt the killer is trying to send a message, but what do the flowers mean? And can Eli figure out the killer’s motive, before they strike again?

Utterly gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this serial killer thriller will keep you up reading all night. If you love Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Patricia Gibney, you won’t be able to put this down.

MY THOUGHTS

Last Goodbye is the first book in a new series by Arlene Hunt featuring detectives Eli Quinn and Roxy Malloy. It is a chilling crime novel that will keep you gripped. Arlene Hunt’s writing has a hugely addictive quality to it and I will certainly be keeping an eye out for her books in the future.

Set in Dublin, when a couple are found murdered in their home, in hair-raising circumstances, it reminds detective Eli Quinn of previous, unsolved murders which took place months before and he fears that the killer will strike again. The killer has left a bunch of yellow roses and a card with a broken heart. Are they sending a message to the police? The killer is dubbed ‘The Sweetheart killer’ by the media and the police know they will have to act quickly before another body is found.

Last Goodbye is an excellent, solid police procedural. It has a really intriguing premise: a killer appears to be targeting people in love, but for what reasons? Straight away I had to know more about what this book was going to be about and I was instantly hooked. Arlene introduces us to some great characters in Eli and Roxy. At the beginning of the book I did think that I wasn’t going to like Roxy, I think this was due her thoughts on working with a younger detective, Cora Simmons and she seemed a very reserved character who preferred to work independently. But as the novel progressed she was a character who I became invested in, especially as she tried to make her voice heard in her attempt to get justice for the victims.

I haven’t read a book by Arlene Hunt before, but she has definitely impressed me with Last Goodbye, there were some jaw dropping scenes in this book and she really made me feel for her characters. I can’t wait to read more from her. This is a brilliant start to a new series. Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for the advance review copy and to Noelle Holton for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 22nd May 2018

Print length: 304 pages

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It Was Her by Mark Hill blog tour @markhillwriter @TheCrimeVault

It Was Her: The breathtaking thriller where nothing is as it seems (DI Ray Drake) by [Hill, Mark]

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Do you want a thriller where nothing is as it seems?

Twenty years ago, Tatia was adopted into a well-off home where she seemed happy, settled. Then the youngest boy in the family dies in an accident, and she gets the blame.

Did she do it?

Tatia is cast out, away from her remaining adopted siblings Joel and Poppy. Now she yearns for a home to call her own. So when she see families going on holiday, leaving their beautiful homes empty, there seems no harm in living their lives while they are gone. But somehow, people keep ending up dead.

Did she kill them?

As bodies start to appear in supposedly safe neighbourhoods, DI Ray Drake and DS Flick Crowley race to find the thinnest of links between the victims. But Drake’s secret past is threatening to destroy everything.

MY THOUGHTS

When I read Mark Hill’s debut His First Lie (previously titled Two O’clock Boy) I thought it was one of the best debuts that I had recently read and it had one of the most compelling openings lines. So I was really excited to read his second book, It Was Her and it certainly lived up to my expectations. Mark knows how to get the attention of his readers with captivating plots and characters.

DI Ray Drake and his colleague DS Flick Crowley are still reeling from the events which took place at the end of the previous book. Ray is clutching onto his career which is threatening to pull apart at the seams after his secret was discovered. But he soon finds himself embroiled in a murder case when a couple, who have recently returned from holiday, are found dead in their home. And soon more bodies are found. It appears that the killer is targeting people in the safety of their own homes and Ray and his team fear that more bodies will be discovered. And what has the case got to do with the death of a young boy twenty years earlier?

Mark Hill’s books are for you if you like your crime fiction dark and full of surprising revelations. What makes It Was Her really interesting is the relationship between Ray and his colleague, Flick. Unlike the rest of their team, Flick knows Ray’s secret and so there is tension simmering around them all the time as Flick is unsure if she should come clean about what she knows, which could potentially destroy both of their careers.

The mystery at the heart of the book was really compelling. The characters that are central to this part of the plot were fascinating to explore and I really liked the depth that Mark gave them in his writing. There are some really well written scenes where I could feel the tension, and I had to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. Creating tense scenes is certainly one of Mark’s strongest writing skills.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the second book in the DI Ray Drake series and it has left me eagerly awaiting the third. Thank you to Millie Seaward at Little Brown for sending me a copy of the book to review and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

Publisher: Sphere

Publication date: 17th May 2018

Print length: 448 pages

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Absent by Emma Salisbury blog tour @emmasauthor @LoveBooksGroup

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Absent by Emma Salisbury and I have an extract of the book to share with you today.

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The worst things happen in plain sight.

When he stopped a serial killer in his tracks earlier in the year he thought that would be the end of it, but for DS Kevin Coupland his nightmare has just begun.

A child’s body is discovered hidden in a bag, kicking off a major investigation for Salford Precinct’s murder squad. Soon the National Crime Agency roll into town and Coupland is under strict instructions to play nice.

He’s got enough on his plate to worry about politics. A shock discovery in his personal life is starting to take its toll, causing him to make decisions that bring him to the attention of the powers that be for all the wrong reasons.

DS Alex Moreton returns from maternity leave to find her partner deeply troubled, but with a cold case to review she’s in no position to prevent him hitting the self-destruct button.

As he hunts down the child’s killer Coupland is forced to reflect upon his own life and find an answer to the question he’s been avoiding. Is it possible to accept the things you cannot change?

A gripping warts and all police procedural which will hook fans of Angela Marsons and Ed James.

 

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She’d stepped out in front of him from nowhere. Slam! Some daft mare wearing earphones plugged into a smartphone. He’d seen her on the pavement’s edge, hadn’t expected her to step out. He thought that she’d seen him; his brain hadn’t computed the oblivion she was in. Music blaring, head full of last night’s date, she’d turned her face in his direction, locking eyes with him as he gripped onto the steering wheel, a look of surprise on her face, her mouth forming an O shape. He jammed his foot down on the brake. Hard. The car’s tyres squealing as it came to a sudden halt. He swore; the smell of burning rubber enveloped him as he jumped out of the car.

‘I – I’m OK!’ the young woman stuttered, rubbing her hip, the only part that had made contact with his vehicle. Walking wounded. Nothing more than a cold compress and a stiff drink needed to fix her. Thank Christ he hadn’t been breaking the speed limit. ‘I’m sorry,’ she added, ‘for stepping in front of you like that. Got a lot on my mind.’ He stared at her then. Words forming in his head he didn’t want to say out loud. His glare said it all, spoke volumes in fact. Her sheepish smile froze; instead of telling her it was OK, that he was partly to blame so let’s call it quits, he kept on staring. The woman backed away, wondering if the solemn figure was one of those road rage nutters who carried a baseball bat round in the foot well of his car, ready to explode any minute.

‘You OK love?’ someone called out. A crowd had formed, do-gooders and nosey bastards, hard to tell one from the other where he was standing. She moved towards them nodding her head, grateful for the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’, while looking sideways at him all the time. Already someone was ushering her into a café, patting her on the back like an obedient dog. Another tosser had their phone out, taking photos of his registration number. The blare of a car horn reminded him he was holding up the traffic. He turned to the vehicle behind him, raised his middle finger in the driver’s direction, staring until the other fella looked away. He climbed back into his car, put on his hazard lights to let the impatient twat behind him know he wasn’t going anywhere as he reached into his pocket for a cigarette. He lit it, sucked on it greedily, stared into the distance for what seemed like an age before slamming his fist down hard onto the centre of the steering wheel.

Again. And again. And again.

 

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Publisher: Amazon Media

Print length: 254 pages

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