Drinking cost Helen her marriage and custody of her seven-year-old son, Ollie. Once an aspiring art photographer, she now makes ends meet taking portraits of school children and working for a caterer. Recovering from her addiction, she spends lonely evenings checking out profiles on an online dating site. Weekend visits with her son are awkward. He’s drifting away from her, fast.
When she meets Ava and Swift Havilland, the vulnerable Helen is instantly enchanted. Wealthy, connected philanthropists, they have their own charity devoted to rescuing dogs. Their home is filled with fabulous friends, edgy art, and dazzling parties.
Then Helen meets Elliott, a kind, quiet accountant who offers loyalty and love with none of her newfound friends’ fireworks. To Swift and Ava, he’s boring. But even worse than that, he’s unimpressed by them.
As Helen increasingly falls under the Havillands’ influence—running errands, doing random chores, questioning her relationship with Elliott—Ava and Swift hold out the most seductive gift: their influence and help to regain custody of her son. But the debt Helen owes them is about to come due.
Ollie witnesses an accident involving Swift, his grown son, and the daughter of the Havillands’ housekeeper. With her young son’s future in the balance, Helen must choose between the truth and the friends who have given her everything.
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DS Jim Broadbent’s marriage was over, his long hours and after hours drinking culminated in his long suffering wife June leaving him; then filing for a divorce. His investigative skills and demeanour would be tested when he began to investigate two rapes albeit 18 months apart; they were the same MO making him think he was investigating a serial rapist. His sensitive investigative skills when interviewing victims were put to the test; but with his sympathetic approach and empathy he managed to extract vital information. The forensic scientist had found similar fibres on each victims clothing which confirmed the same offender. Now the hunt began. His affair with Jackie was reaching a crescendo they were both using each other to reach sexual heights neither had encountered before. Then a massive fraud case landed on his desk which Jim didn’t need. Jackie’s commitment to the job would be tested to the full as Jim used her to test a theory he had……… Then the Cindy case rose again with another ex-pat in Spain wanting to spill the beans on another UK sex ring; the well to do members were abusing children in their own homes and others. The corridors of power would feature again, how high would it go this time?
What if the truth was hidden where you’d never ever find it? When Selkie Moon reclaims the name her mother gave her, she triggers a series of events so bizarre that she’s forced to delve into the murky depths of the past and face the shocking truth about herself. Selkie Moon is a woman on the run. In a mad dash for freedom she’s escaped her life in Sydney to start over in Hawaii. But her refuge begins to unravel and soon she’s running from something else entirely. A voice in a dream says: Someone is trying to kill you. Not that Selkie’s psychic, no way. But the threats escalate until she’s locked in a game of cat and mouse with a mysterious stalker. Entangled in Celtic and Hawaiian mythologies, the events become so bizarre and terrifying that her instinct is to keep running. But is she running from her past? Or her future? With as many layers as a psychological thriller, ‘The First Lie’ is both a complex contemporary mystery and a romance of flight and redemption. Peppered with memorable characters and a touch of quirky humour, this highly imaginative and unpredictable story will keep you in suspense until the final scene.
“The Opposite of Everyone”
Description: A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone Else’s Love Story and gods in Alabama—an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives
Born in Alabama, Paula Vauss spent the first decade of her life on the road with her free-spirited young mother, Kai, an itinerant storyteller who blended Hindu mythology with southern oral tradition to reinvent their history as they roved. But everything, including Paula’s birth name, Kali Jai, changed when she told a story of her own—one that landed Kai in prison and Paula in foster care. With the two of them separated, each holding her own secrets, the intense bond they once shared was fractured.
These days, Paula has reincarnated herself as a tough-as-nails divorce attorney with a successful practice in Atlanta. While she hasn’t seen Kai in fifteen years, she’s still making payments on that karmic debt—until the day her last check is returned in the mail, along with a mystifying note: “I am going on a journey, Kali. I am going back to my beginning; death is not the end. You will be the end. We will meet again, and there will be new stories. You know how Karma works.” Then Kai’s most treasured secret literally lands on Paula’s doorstep, throwing her life into chaos and transforming her from only child to older sister. Desperate to find her mother before it’s too late, Paula sets off on a journey of discovery that will take her back to the past and into the deepest recesses of her heart. With the help of her ex-lover Birdwine, an intrepid and emotionally volatile private eye who still carries a torch for her, this brilliant woman, an expert at wrecking families, now has to figure out how to put one back together—her own.