The first in a prospective crime thriller series, this has great potential to really take off and become 5, 10, 20 books. Sometimes it’s hard to establish what sets a Crime Thriller aside, there are many after all.

Hera Books seem to know exactly what to look for. For this one, it’s the brilliant characterisation. The storyline is good, I was hooked, but the characters really made me care. Why did they make the decisions that they had made? What were they hiding? Who were they protecting?

The slow burn from the start to that fast-paced ending – everything about this book worked and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

About the Book

Fifteen years ago, he confessed to the murder of his wife and children.

As a teenager, Hayley DaSilva walked into a nightmare; discovering the bodies of her mother, twin brother, and friend all brutally slaughtered in her home… and her nine-year-old brother missing. Her father, Leonard DaSilva, confessed to the murders, but Ethan was never seen again.

He lied. But why?

Now, Hayley has fled her dreadful past in Thamespark – until the call from Detective Sebastian Locke. Little bones uncovered in a shallow grave belong to Ethan… and the investigation reveals holes in the case that prove Leonard’s confession was false. He didn’t kill his family. So why did he say he did?

As DI Locke and the squad realise that a killer has been hiding in plain sight in the sleepy commuter town of Thamespark, the previously cold case becomes an urgent investigation. But as the squad gets closer to the truth of who really murdered the DaSilvas, it becomes clear that the culprit won’t hesitate to spill blood to keep their shocking secrets hidden…

About The Author

Niki Mackay studied Performing Arts at the BRIT School. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Drama, and won a full scholarship for her MA in Journalism. A lifelong, avid reader she wrote her first novel in 2017. She also writes under NJ Mackay.

Photo credit by NJ Mackay

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