April 2016 Debut of the Month.
Captivating from the outset, this is the first in the ‘Jessie Flynn Investigation’ series, and what a fabulously readable and dramatic story it is too. 29 year old Dr Jessie Flynn works for the Defence Psychology Unit, she teams up with Captain Ben Callan from the Military Police Special Investigation Branch in an investigation that walks a knotty tightrope of emotions. While there is a whisper of romance, it is the case in hand that dominates the story and Kate Medina keeps the tension ramped up high. The subject matter is not only bang up to date, it is also perfectly judged and when you read into Kate Medina’s background, it all makes sense. With characters full of contradictions and vulnerabilities, a seriously puzzling yet poignant mystery and a fascinating backdrop, I’m really looking forward to the next in the series.
To find a killer, she must unlock a child's terror...The first in an exciting new crime series featuring psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn - a brilliantly complex character who struggles with a dark past of her own. Perfect for fans of Nicci French and Val McDermid. 'The girl knows,' he whispered...Four-year-old Sami is deeply traumatised, and it's up to psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn to unlock his terrifying memories. She needs to find out who 'the girl' is - but nothing can prepare her for the truth about what haunts him. Meanwhile, Jessie's former patient, Captain Ben Callan, is investigating the suspicious death of an officer in Afghanistan - the problem is the only suspect refuses to talk. When a dead body washes up on a Sussex beach, Jessie and Ben's cases converge. Soon it's clear that the mystery in Afghanistan began with a secret much closer to home. And a desperate killer will do anything to keep it buried...
Closing date: 06/09/2018
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
'Excellent start to a new series'
'Psychologist Jessie Flynn is set to become a major star in the world of crime fiction. She's as fascinating and complex as the cases she solves. Fire Damage will leave you hungry for the next book in this superb series'
'Jessie Flynn is an utterly compelling character, the icing on the cake of what is a refreshingly different and very gripping thriller. I really look forward to the next one'
'From the chilling opening scene where a traumatised child warns of The Shadowman, Fire Damage seizes you by the throat and doesn't let go. Complex, tense and utterly addictive, this is powerful, gutsy storytelling which plunges the reader deep into the darkest recesses of the human psyche'
Tammy Cohen Praise for Kate Medina:
'A huge new talent'
'Unsettling and evocative ... an impressive debut'
'Mightily impressive ... a fine, taut story with many topical issues'
Independent on Sunday
'A stunning debut'
'The unexpected twists and turns throughout the course of the book left me unable to prise myself away ... Tess is the most compelling female protagonist I have come across in a long time'
'A remarkable debut'
Publication date: 24/03/2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||24th March 2016|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,|
While studying for a degree in Psychology, Kate Medina joined the Territorial Army where she spent five years, first as an officer trainee and then as a Troop Commander in the Royal Engineers. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and now writes full time. Her debut novel, White Crocodile (published under the name K. T. Medina), a thriller set in the minefields of Cambodia, received widespread critical acclaim. Photo credit: Philippa GedgeMore About Kate Medina