In one terrible moment, paramedic Sophie Phillips' life is ripped apart - her police officer husband, Chris, is shot on their doorstep and their ten-month-old son, Lachlan, is abducted from his bed. Suspicion surrounds Chris as he is tainted with police corruption, but Sophie believes the attack is much more personal - and the perpetrator far more dangerous...
While Chris is in hospital and the police, led by Detective Ella Marconi, mobilise to find their colleague's child, Sophie's desperation compels her to search for Lachlan herself. She enlists her husband's partner, Angus Arendson, in the hunt for her son, but will the history they share prove harmful to Sophie's ability to complete her mission?
And could one dangerous decision cause Sophie to ultimately lose everything important in her life?
About the Author
Katherine Howell is a former ambulance officer. Frantic, featuring Detective Ella Marconi, is her first novel. Katherine lives on the New South Wales north coast. She is currently working on her second novel, Panic, which will also feature Detective Ella Marconi.
Katherine Howell was born and raised in Sydney and after various jobs, including as an animal handler and bookshop sales assistant, she joined the ambulance service and worked as a paramedic for fifteen years while completing her Bachelor and Masters degrees in creative writing.
Her first novel, Frantic, was published in 2007 and featured a paramedic alongside Sydney police detective Ella Marconi in 'an adrenaline rush of a thriller' (Sydney Morning Herald). It won the 2008 Davitt award for best crime fiction. Her second book, The Darkest Hour, continued the pattern with Ella and another paramedic in 'a finely paced and engrossing novel' (Guardian UK). The third in the series, Cold Justice, made the Australian bestseller list and was described by the New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen as 'one of my favourite books of the year'. It also won the 2011 Davitt award for best crime fiction, making Katherine the only author to have won twice. Her fourth book, Violent Exposure, was described by Bookseller&Publisher as 'arguably her best yet - four stars', while the fifth, Silent Fear, was chosen as a 'Guaranteed Book You Can't Put Down' by the national Get Reading! programme.
Katherine has gone on to write three more Ella Marconi novels, Web of Deceit, Deserving Death and Tell the Truth. Katherine's books are published in multiple countries and languages and have been likened to the work of Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell. Katherine teaches writing and editing, and she lives in Queensland with her partner, who owns a bookshop.