A vicious burglary goes horribly wrong when an elderly victim is killed and
One of the burglars is injured.
In the detached house next door, Julia is preparing to leave her husband. He has let her down for the last time and her bags are packed. Taking their eight-year-old daughter, Lucy, from her bed they set off in the fog.
But on this cold, dark night, fate steps in and these strangers collide.
When Vincent and Nash abduct the mother and daughter, and take them to a derelict house, the situation takes a grave turn.
Meanwhile, Julia’s husband, Ian, is distraught that his wife and daughter have left, and when the murder and burglary are discovered, suspicion falls on him.
For Ian, Julia and Lucy, life is about to become a nightmare.
Can Julia and Lucy escape from the twisted criminals?
What will Julia decide when the choice is – kill or die?
About the Author
I’ve always loved writing. What started as a hobby has now become a way of life. My children’s and YA books have been published by Scholastic Children’s Books, Usborne Publishing, Penguin Australia, Hometown World, Badger Learning and Astraea Press (Clean Reads). Plus there are a number of adults books published under my pen name of Ann Carroll – and more in the pipeline. The Beast published by Usborne won the raring2read category in the Coventry Literary Book Festival 2013. 2017 sees three new books being published, another YA reluctant reader book for Badger Learning entitled Keeper. An historical romance called A Place to Belong, and a crime thriller – working title Kill or Die with Bloodhound Books.
When I’m not writing I do school visits, run workshops and give talks.
My non-fiction career spans the last 30 years which includes 13 years at the Coventry Telegraph as a staff feature writer plus a great many freelance articles on a wide range of topics.
Wow, this is one roller coaster of a book! I practically read it start to finish without drawing breath!
Atmospheric, tense, filled with pure maternal instinct how far would you go to protect your child?
Julia has had enough of her husband Ian’s philandering and decides it’s time to leave. She pulls eight year old Lucy drowsily from her bed so they can leave under cover of darkness and before he arrives home. The night is foggy, visibility poor and she collides with another vehicle.
This is the beginning of the living nightmare. Real edge of your seat panic, will Julia and Lucy survive the fate that awaits them. Will Ian realise they have gone?
I instantly bonded with Julia, could relate to her feelings and overwhelming protective nature. Lucy was an innocent child but quite streetwise for her age.
Ian is portrayed as the guilty party and for a lot of the book I felt he got what he deserved but deep down he has love remaining for his family .. maybe he can blame his actions on a mid-life crisis!
The villains of the story Vincent and Nash are as creepy as hell.
This is superbly paced, easy to read and provides all the chills. I won’t give any spoilers .. but if you had the to make the decision ‘kill or die’ to keep your child from harm I know what I would do!