Despite the statistics of cold cases, Dylan Scott wants to believe the young woman's aliveand not just because her father, his client, is desperate to find his missing daughter before he dies of cancer. By all accounts Sam was a lovely girl, devoted to her younger stepsisters, well-liked at her work, in love with her boyfriend.
But as usual not everything is as it seems in sleepy Dawson's Clough. Sam's boyfriend has a violent past. She may have been having an affair with her boss. And Dylan can't shake the feeling that her stepfather is hiding something. Meanwhile, someone is trying to scare Dylan off the case.
Who wanted to silence Sam, and why? The truth turns out to be worse than anyone expected
About the Author
Shirley was born in the Cotswolds and lived in places as diverse as Cyprus and the remote Orkney island of Hoy before settling in Lancashire where the Pennines provide the inspiration for her mysteries. When she isn't writing or walking with her dogs, Shirley loves reading, photography, listening to music and drinking wine. She’s also a season ticket holder at Burnley Football Club. Find Shirley at www.shirleywells.com
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Dylan didn't believe in spirits, vampires or zombies, but if the undead were stalking the planet, they couldn't feel any worse than he did right now. He'd only managed a couple of hours' sleep and his eyes felt like gravel pits. The motorways had been stop-start because of roadworks, and later a collision, so he'd spent six hours in his car.
He was awake enough to know that a black Jeep had been tailing him for the last ten miles though.
He left the motorway and drove down into Rawtenstall, where a Tesco superstore loomed on his right. He turned in to the car park and checked his rearview mirror. Sure enough, the Jeep followed.
Dylan parked his Morgan as near to the store's entrance as he could. It was bliss to get out and stretch his stiff muscles.
God knows what was happening with the weather. An ominously dark sky glowered at him. The air was heavy with moisture and it was as hot as hell.
He ambled slowly toward the store's entrance and stood for a moment to gaze at the window, where he saw the reflection of a tall, well-muscled man wearing a white T-shirt and ill-fitting black jeans.
Dylan strolled into the store and stopped to look at the newspapers' front pages. He walked on, past the caf where the smell of roast beef made him salivate, and to the door marked Customer Toilets.
No one else was in the Gents, and he stood behind the door, muscles tensed. God, he could do without this.
Moments later, the door opened to give him a brief glimpse of black jeans and white T-shirt. It was enough. He lunged at the figure and slammed him against the white tiles. "Right, Sunshine, what's your game?"
"Hey, steady on. I don't know what you're talking about." He spoke with a local accent.
"I'm sure you do. Out with it."
Dylan released his grip slightly. Big mistake. The lump of muscle landed a punch that had blood spurting from Dylan's mouth.
"I've got a message for you, mate. Stay away from Dawson's Clough. Stay. Away. Got that?"
Dylan spat out some blood. "Says who?"
"Says me. Crawl back to where you came from, okay? If you're seen round here again, you won't be walking away."
Dylan was about to argue when a fist flew into his face. A punch in the ribs had him dropping to his knees. A kick in the stomach followed.
He managed to twist away from the boot that was aiming for his teeth by falling back and hitting his skull on the hard tiled floor. His head screamed in pain before the silent blackness wrapped around him like a blanket. He welcomed it. Sank into it willingly.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ten months ago, Samantha Hunt set off for work.and was never seen again. Despite the statistics of cold cases, Dylan Scott wants to believe the young woman's alive-and not just because her father, his client, is desperate to find his missing daughter before he dies of cancer. By all accounts Sam was a lovely girl, devoted to her younger stepsisters, well-liked at her work, in love with her boyfriend. But as usual not everything is as it seems in sleepy Dawson's Clough. Sam's boyfriend has a violent past. She may have been having an affair with her boss. And Dylan can't shake the feeling that her stepfather is hiding something. Meanwhile, someone is trying to scare Dylan off the case. Who wanted to silence Sam, and why? The truth turns out to be worse than anyone expected. OK, so that is how the book is described on Barnes and Nobel. First of all, it was written Brittish English so one had to figure out or look up several words to figure out what the author was talking about. An example is one of the men drove a "lorry" - which happens to be a truck not a taxi. Good - the book is interesting and keeps the action moving. I liked the main character and the things he goes through trying to find Sam. The plot, though not original, was good with a few twists involved. Bad - I had the person who kidnapped Sam figured out quickly - maybe because I found myself associating another book I read recently with this one. Overall, I would give this book a B-. I received this book from Netgalley to read and review. My review is not required to be positive.