In her first novel, Beth tells a spectacular tale of lust and murder in the surprisingly not-so-sedate English countryside.
Anne is married to a highly successful neurosurgeon named Roger and resides in a beautiful mansion in the small village of Cumbria. Middle-aged with two grown children, Lene and David, Anne rarely sees either of her kids (though she speaks to Lene on a regular basis). Anne’s job in life and raison d’être is making sure her house is spic and span and that her husband is well fed. Because Roger spends a lot of time traveling to and from medical conventions, Anne often finds herself alone with her stalwart companion, Lucy, a black lab. One night when Roger is out of town, Anne takes Lucy for a walk and stops for a pint at the local pub. While enjoying her quaff, Anne is approached by an attractive young man, Chris Kennedy, who asks if he may join her. Anne’s acceptance sets her off on a life-changing journey and soon leads to a sensual tryst at Chris’ woodland cottage. Anne then learns of a spate of brutal slayings in and around Cumbria, and, as it turns out, the mutilated victims are all middle-aged women who have been killed with the same murder weapon—an elaborate hunting dagger. At this point, the story launches into a nonstop, chilling thrill ride, packed with murder, lust, mystery and enough excitement to send one’s heart palpitations into overdrive. It’s a unique, well-crafted tale with elements to please fiction readers outside of the mystery and thriller genres. The only flaws are some awkward passages and occasional hard-to-understand verbiage that seem indicative of a non-native English speaker. The first few chapters can seem off-putting because of this language issue; however, if the reader hangs in long enough, the wildly evolving tale soon grabs hold and this minor issue is quickly replaced by the great desire to turn the next page.
An exciting, intense tale that overcomes its flaws.