Friday, November 22nd, 1963 Dallas, Texas, 12.30pm. The US President, John F Kennedy, is assassinated as his motorcade hits town, watched by crowds of spectators and the world’s media. Watching too from the grassy knoll nearby is a young mother who, in the confusion, lets go of her daughter’s hand. When she turns around the little girl has vanished. Fifty years later, when everyone remembers what they were doing at that moment in history, she is still missing. Who will remember her? Local hack Gary Blanchet, inspired by the mother’s story, joins forces with former police psychic Lydia Collins to seek answers. Risking ridicule for their controversial theories and with a classroom shooting close to home to deal with, they re-examine the evidence from that day, study footage and look at the official report for details of witnesses in the JFK case. But this time they’re not looking for a man in a crowd with a gun; they are looking for little Eleanor Boone. Gone, while no one was watching? Maybe someone was. This is a story about being a parent, being a sibling; about what can happen when we turn our backs for a second.
About the Author
Debz Hobbs-Wyatt was born in Essex and now lives and works as a full time writer from her home in the mountains of Snowdonia. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bangor University and has had several short stories published. She won the 2013 Bath Short Story prize with Learning to Fly , has been nominated for the prestigious US Pushcart Prize 2013 and short listed for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013. While No One Was Watching is her debut novel.