Today I am thrilled to be able to share with you an extract from K.T. Finlay’s book An Implacable Woman, which is the second book in the Sally Mellors series.
I haven’t had the pleasure of reading this as yet but check out these very favourable reviews which can be accessed here.
Before we get to the extract, lets see what An Implacable Woman is about.
If a tooth costs a tooth and an eye costs an eye
When a man hits his wife, then it’s his turn to die
Furious that the courts and police can’t prevent respected surgeon John Kirby from beating his wife, Sally Mellors steps in to save her. Permanently…
But Grace Kirby isn’t the only one who needs saving and Sally quickly discovers she’s taken on a much bigger job than she’d thought.
With her unique ability to blend justice with fun, Sally sets joyfully about the business of removing the monsters from women’s lives, but is she in danger of becoming a monster herself?
As her friends in the police get ever closer, Sally has some serious questions of her own to answer.
Ok now let’s get into the exclusive extract
Sally took over driving the Range Rover again so she could get a better feel for the road surface and the camber of the bends. As soon as they reached the coast, Sally turned around and drove gently back to Dalton.
‘No go?’ asked Emma as they trickled past the town’s welcome sign.
Sally gave her a wicked grin, turned the car around again and lit up the tyres. Emma’s expression ranged back and forth between disbelief and silent scream all the way back to Crumock, as Sally slid the heavy four wheel drive vehicle through the bends as if it was a rally car, using the camber of the narrow twisting road to keep it on track.
‘Whee!! That was fun!’ exalted Sally as they finally came to a halt in the village car park.
When Emma eventually regained her powers of speech, the passing seagulls were left in little doubt that she was somewhat vexed. ‘What the hell was all that about you crazy bee? You could have killed us a dozen times or more!’
Sally laughed. ‘Ah, the road looks different at speed doesn’t it? The bike will be a lot slower through there, and I needed to know how quick the police might be, and where I can block to keep them behind.’
Emma shook her head angrily. ‘You don’t even know if you can get out this way!’
‘Oh yes I do.’ replied Sally. ‘I had a quick look at the bridge as we came down. I think it’ll be okay.’
Emma seized the door handle. ‘Well it can’t be as dangerous as this blasted car! Let’s go and have a proper look, you demented lunatic!’
The bridge was a half mile walk back up the road from the car, which gave Emma enough time to regain her equilibrium. She wasn’t convinced by what she saw. ‘You’re seriously thinking about riding your motorcycle across that thing? It’s just four wires and a few wooden slats!’
It wasn’t a bad description. To the left and right were two floor cables supporting a series of wooden planks, with two more cables at elbow height taking their share of the load through smaller zigzag wires running up and down to the lower cables. Cautiously, Emma walked out onto its surface. She gasped as the bridge flexed and dipped beneath her, wallowing a little from side to side as she took each step.
‘You’re barking!’ she called back. ‘It’s bad enough on foot!’
When Sally followed her onto the bridge things got a whole lot worse, their out of step movements causing the bridge to lurch alarmingly. Emma froze, her hands gripping the hand cables tightly as Sally eased up behind her. Without their movements the bridge quickly settled back to tranquillity.
‘It’s a nice view.’ observed Sally, looking downriver to its mouth.
‘Bother the view girl!’ spat Emma. ‘How are we going to get off of this thing?’
‘Easy. I’ll stand still, and you walk slowly along to the other side.’
‘I don’t want to go to the other side!’ said Emma, articulating every syllable with deliberate clarity.
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Let’s Get to Know K.T. Findlay
I’m the author of the Sally Mellors adventures and the Prince Wulfstan books.
Ever since I first saw James Burke’s wonderful Connections series, I’ve been fascinated by the way a single new idea can change the course of history. The more I learned, the more intrigued I became about how some ideas stuck while others initially sank without trace, only to resurface perhaps hundreds of years later to change everything. The first Prince Wulfstan book, In Two Minds, explores this idea not just by introducing new ideas into a medieval society, but by showing just how difficult it would be to pull that off in practice.
I’m equally fascinated by the justice system. People expect it to be fair, which is why we allow it to resolve our disputes instead of simply taking revenge ourselves. But watch an individual case play out in court and it can seem more like a high stakes game between lawyers than the pursuit of absolute truth. And if you think it’s a game, do you still accept the result if you lose? Is that still justice? At what point will a perfectly normal, perfectly decent person snap, and what happens when they do? Is it possible to plunge into the darkness of revenge and remain the normal, decent, happy person you were before you started? Enter Sally Mellors, who’s going to give it a damned good try in A Thoughtful Woman.
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