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10BTEN BIRTHDAYS

21 April 2017

“This story was truly beautiful. Sweet, bittersweet, tragic and oh so real, yet funny and full of hope and love” – Where Are All The Books

“Ten chapters is short but paradoxically, I feel like I have won ten years with this beautiful novel” – Path Of Words

“Very clever, very powerful” – BexBlogs on Goodreads

“I absolutely loved the way in which “Ten Birthdays” manages to tell both a large and small story” – KatWithTheHat on Goodreads

‘There will be so many things I wish I could’ve told you in person. I won’t get the chance, so perhaps this is my only way…’

It’s Poppy Kinsey’s birthday.

She should be blowing out candles and opening presents – but hers falls on the type of heart-wrenching, agonising anniversary she would far rather forget.

The worst day of them all. The day her mother died.

But this year is special because the person she misses most in the world has left her a set of letters, one for each of her next ten birthdays.

As Poppy opens them year by year, she discovers that no matter how tough life gets, her mum will always be by her side, guiding her along the way.

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TWO SISTERS

SUMMER 2017

Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside resort of Whitecliff.

A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.

It’s summer: Megan and her younger sister have returned to Whitecliff for the first time since their brother’s disappearance. Megan says it’s to get her parents’ affairs in order. There are boxes to pack, junk to clear, a rundown cottage to sell.

But that’s not the real reason Megan has come to confront her family’s past. It’s the postcard that arrived on the day of her parents’ funeral. The one with photos of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.

‘Z’ is all it read.

Z for Zac.

THE GIRL WHO CAME BACK

AUTUMN 2017

When five-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the fallout stretched far and wide. How could a young child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village? With false accusations flying, more than one divorce and a suicide attempt, the community pulled itself apart.

Thirteen years on and someone claiming to be Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been and what happened to her on that warm spring afternoon?

If it’s an imposter, then who would be audacious enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?

Then there are those who would far rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets are better left undiscovered.

EYE FOR AN EYE (JESSICA DANIEL 12)

FEBRUARY 2018

Seventeen years ago, Damian Walker abducted five women because the voices in his head told him to. Now he has been declared sane and is about to be released back onto Manchester’s streets with a new identity.

But within hours, there is another attack similar to his previous ones. Walker has proof it’s not him – but is he reliable, and, if so, who is trying to frame him?

DI Jessica Daniel and her chief are given a parallel task to the main investigation: Keep an eye on Walker – but that’s not all Jessica has to do.

Rock star Blaine Banner is playing a series of homecoming gigs but is convinced someone’s trying to kill him, while a bride-to-be is picketing the police station, demanding someone finds her missing fiancé.

All the while, faces from Jessica’s past are watching and waiting. Someone wants a word…

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF ELEANOR PARKER

SPRING 2018

Seventeen-year-old Eleanor Parker wakes with a splutter and a cough. It’s the early hours of a Sunday morning and she’s in the river that runs through the centre of her village with no memory of how she got there.

All she has is an overwhelming sense that something bad happened to her. No, something worse than bad. As terrible as it gets.

She remembers a hand on her chest, another on her head, water in her throat, those final gasps for air.

But if she drowned, then why is she still alive?

And if someone killed her, then who?