‘A FAMILY BUILT ON LIES…’
Today I am delighted to join writer Chris Curran on tour with her latest novel Her Deadly Secret.
Just published by Killer Reads (a Harper Collins imprint), Her Deadly Secret is described as ‘a dark and twisty psychological thriller, in which a young girl is abducted and her family is confronted with a horror from deep in their past‘.
This was most certainly a book that kept me guessing!!!!!
Please continue reading for my thoughts…
A young girl has been taken.
Abducted, never to be seen again.
Joe and Hannah, her traumatized parents, are consumed by grief. But all is not as it seems behind the curtains of their suburban home.
Loretta, the Family Liaison Officer, is sure Hannah is hiding something – a dark and twisted secret from deep in her past.
This terrible memory could be the key to the murder of another girl fifteen years ago. And as links between the two victims emerge, Joe and Hannah learn that in a family built on lies, the truth can destroy everything…
Perfect for fans of BA Paris and Sue Fortin.
Joe Marsden arrives home in a police car after making a public appeal for his teenage daughter, Lily, who never returned home from school. Joe and his wife Hannah are worried that something very bad may have happened. Then they receive the most horrific news, the news that is every parent’s worst nightmare, Lily’s body has been found.
Immediately the police step up the investigation with a full team in place, including a Family Liaison Officer, Loretta. Hannah goes into complete meltdown and neither Joe nor Loretta seem to able to get any coherent information out of her.
In the meantime, another family is going through there own difficulties. Bernard and Marion Pritchard are trying to get their lives back together after a tragedy that took the life of their teenage daughter Alice fifteen years previously. Bernard was convicted of her murder and has only just been released from prison. Their other daughter Rosie, on seeing the death of Lily Marsden on the news, finds herself reliving the past. She can completely empathise with all that Joe and Hannah are experiencing. Now happily married to Oliver and with her gorgeous little girl Fay to keep her busy, Rosie is determined to move on with her life.
But the past has a way of rearing it’s ugly head and soon the waters get very murky indeed…
As the investigation team digs deeper, they start to notice some very strange overlap between the two cases. Historically the Pritchard case is closed. A man was convicted, he did his time. There is no obvious connection between both families, yet….??
It is up to Loretta and her colleagues to further scrutinize the facts and what they begin to find is a very, very tangled web of lies, deceit and horror.
Loretta is an extremely warm character. Now separated from her husband Will & with two teenage kids, Pearl and Dex, Loretta is feeling under pressure constantly. At work she is required to work very long hours if she wishes to prove herself in her new role as an F.L.O., yet she seems to be on the receiving end of some very nasty comments and sneers from some of her work colleagues. Her home life is in disarray, as her son is having issues in school and her ex is not one bit impressed with her choice of careers.
Loretta is a fighter and through persistence and pure determination she begins to uncover information that assists her in piecing the facts of this very complex case together.
Rosie is happy at home with Fay, working as a temporary teacher when required. Her life is simple, was simple….until her father is released from jail. Her happiness is her family unit and now this unit is under pressure. Cracks start to appear as Rosie has to face up to meeting her father again and old wounds are ripped open.
Joe, poor Joe, his wife Hannah is turning in on herself and Joe is convinced she is hiding something. Does Hannah know something of Lily’s death? What secrets is she hiding?
Her Deadly Secret is a story very much focused on the individual characters involved. The book is divided into chapters lead by Joe, Rosie and Loretta. As a reader we are taken into their homes. We get to witness each moment ‘live’ as new information is discovered.
Her Deadly Secret is a novel that had me rushing to cross the finish line. Every time I thought I had it solved, I was wrong….
Not the ending I was expecting!!!
You can find out for yourself what is Her Deadly Secret by clicking the purchase link HERE
Meet Chris Curran:
Chris Curran lives in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex.
Her first two psychological thrillers, Mindsight and Her Turn To Cry, were both Amazon bestsellers.
She also writes short stories one of which was recently shortlisted for the 2017 CWA Margery Allingham award.
Her latest novel, Her Deadly Secret, is published as an ebook on July 21st 2017 and a paperback in August.
Website ~ https://chriscurranauthor.com/
Twitter ~ @Christi_Curran
Facebook ~ Chris Curran