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Dead Hope Paperback – 2 Feb 2017
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The story starts with Cat narrowly avoiding a custodial prison sentence for drug offences, instead being forced to move to a new area, get a tedious job she hates, and grapple with the sort of gritty day-to-day realities she has never had to face before.
However, at work she meets the enigmatic K, a shaven headed man of mystery, who has tattoos and an attitude, but who ultimately turns out to be fiercely intelligent, resourceful and thoroughly decent.
Suddenly Cat realises that her present is inextricably linked with her past. It transpires that the death of her mega-rich rock star parents, years ago, may be much more complicated than she has always supposed, and that dark forces may have had a hand in their fates. The successful rock duo died when their car plunged into the Thames, years ago. But were they stoned and insensible, as she’s always been told?
The story moves at a cracking pace, and Cat quickly finds out who she can trust and who she can’t, and sets out on a journey into the unknown, to try to put right the wrongs of the past, not realising that her life is in danger.
Saying more might spoil the story, but if you like ‘woman in a mess’ mysteries with lots of thrills, twists and romance, this is one for you. I read it quickly, because once I started I simply had to know what happens.
"Annabelle" takes a thankless, mundane job in an office - her first "real world" employment. Her new life has been thrust upon her by a judge in a court of law, the reasons for which seemed a mystery at the time, but the method behind the madness will become apparent. Besides that, it keeps "Annabelle" out of jail and introduces her to a way of life far removed from that she was used to. It also leads to the meeting of Kay whose life was unknowingly connected to her's despite their backgrounds being worlds apart.
"Annabelle" has a sad past in which she was orphaned at the age of twelve. The circumstances of her parents deaths were cut and dried, apparently, although "Annabelle" had harbored niggling feelings throughout her young life that what she had been told just didn't ring true. She kept these thoughts to herself while struggling through life with various issues that resulted in frequent time spent in rehab. Money was no problem and she was protected from the outside world by her guardian who tolerated her indiscrepancies by funding the next therapy sessions with no lectures or punishment. That continued until she found herself arrested and before the judge who would ensure that everything would change....her name, her address, her access to money and her connection to her previous life and contacts who would be barred for two years.
Kay is a reformed bad boy with the trade mark bald head and tattoos and a heart of gold. His younger years were more than rough and he clawed himself away from his past to a reputable job and his own home. He had got used to the revolving door or scanning staff who only stayed at the job for a short while and then took off due to boredom. Along came "Annabelle" and they clicked, with him wanting to know a lot more about her. If only his recurring nightmare would leave him in peace. However, he finds that the nightmare is more real than he knew and by connecting with "Annabelle" his life changes forever as he untangles scrambled memories.
The dark side to both their lives comes back to haunt them and they battle together in true movie style to discover the truths that have been hidden in a dark and deadly conspiracy. It is touch and go as to whether their efforts will be rewarded as the crooked perpetrators seem to be managing to stay a step ahead of the intrepid couple and the threat becomes a matter of life and death. Will justice ever be served? No more clues from me... just has to be read!!!
I have really enjoyed reading Nicky Wells' first crime novel!! The hint of Rock is there as you would expect and with such a brilliant twist!! Stay with it Nicky....this genre really suits you!!
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