This debut novel by a new author, is definitely a stand out from the crowd murder / mystery. Nothing is rushed about it so far, from the beautifully descriptive real sense of time and place, to the slowly building storyline with all its twists and turns around every corner, and a cast of characters which are, to a person, flawed and getting through life day by day …
I have no idea just how this one is going to end and right now I don’t really care, because I don’t want that final page to be turned!!
For all you ‘random page surfers’ out there –
TEASER LINES – PAGE 201 – ARC PAPERBACK EDITION
Jon took a step back, then another one, putting distance between himself and the body.
The vomit rose in his throat. Bitter.
He crouched down towards the floor, his knees failing him as he sank into a defeated ball. Sickened. A clear bile released from his small intestine and the muscles in his stomach tightened, inducing a wave of violent contractions. He hung his head to the side of his knees, retching repeatedly as the spasms gripped his body, reducing him to a shivering mass. His voice remained trapped in his chest.
Jon grasped his legs into his torso and rocked back and forth in a nervous tempo.
What had he done?
He held his hand up to his face. Blood.
The sticky liquid covered his fingertips, seeping into the creases of his skin and drying in blotches across his palm. He averted his gaze, forcing himself to take in the rest of the room. As he looked up his body heaved, reacting as his eyes adjusted and her body came into focus.
She was lying on her back with her arms and legs splayed at an unnatural angle. Her neck fell limply to one side, flaccid and unresponsive just as if she were sleeping. Jon’s eyes grew damp as reality encroached upon him, the memories building in his head one piece at a time. He stared at her face. She didn’t look peaceful or content, he thought. The muscles in her features seem to have failed, leaving her hollowed face drowning in skin and her eyes gasping for air.
A clear fluid leaked from her nose.
The blood had started to pool, staining the carpet beneath her left ear.
Jon started to cry…”
Standing in the dim light with the clouds threatening to break over the hills, hopes of a fresh start are fast becoming a distant memory.
Death is a part of him. He can’t escape it.
The scene before him is haunting, beautiful somehow. The remnants of the day just gone still linger in the sky, offering a final breath of light before the corpse turns to black shadow and the landscape claims the soul of a broken man.
A textbook suicide.
The evidence is there in front of him. But as Toop digs deeper he finds himself caught in a web of buried truths. Only one thing remains certain:
Not even the dead can keep their secrets.
So you have taken a look, will you read the book?
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