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With hints of the supernatural and several sneaky red herrings laid in your path to trip you up, this sinister and murderous tale gradually creeps under your skin. ‘The Detective’s Secret’ is the third in this series, although you can certainly start here, some of the relationship nuances will cause you to wonder at what has gone before. Two different time spans swing to and fro, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the chapter headings until the switches become second nature. Jack and Stella are complex individuals, and as far away from your generic detective as you can possibly get; they also on occasion keep vital information from each other, ensuring an arresting suspense runs along side their inquiries. While the investigating duo pull all the pieces together, something shadowy, chilling and deadly lies in wait and as the end nears, you may well find yourself on the edge of your seat, advising them caution and administering warnings.
October 1987: as a hurricane sweeps through Britain, a man's body slowly rots, locked inside an old water tower in west London. He carries no identification and fits no missing persons' description. His corpse is never claimed. October 2013: the month of the great storm of St Jude. A man dies beneath a late night Piccadilly line train. His brother insists he was murdered, but Jack, a train driver, is sure it was suicide. Jack and Stella uncover the secrets of the case - but Jack is carrying a secret of his own...
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In October 1987 a body decomposes in a water tower in west London whilst a hurricane rages through Britain. Two years previously Simon and Justin, young boys at boarding school, strike up an uneasy friendship. In the present day Jack, a tube train driver, witnesses a man falling under the late-night Piccadilly line train. Jack’s friend Stella Darnell is convinced that it was murder. Together Stella, the detective’s daughter, and Jack set out to investigate their suspicions. Jack’s new home in Palmyra Tower gives him a bird’s-eye view, so when he spots Stella, who has a cleaning business, cleaning the suspect’s house he begins to mistrust his partner. As this intriguing plot moves from the 1980s to the present day the reader is treated to haunting descriptions of London, a cast of fascinating characters, and an eerie tale of how the past can wait to impact on the present.
Publication date: 08/10/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||9th April 2015|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Lesley Thomson was born in 1958 and grew up in London. She went to Holland Park Comprehensive and the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. Her first novel, A Kind of Vanishing, won the People's Book Prize in 2010. Her second novel, The Detective's Daughter, was published in 2013 and sold over 300,000 copies. Author photo © Emily AndersenMore About Lesley Thomson