Today I am bringing you an extract taken from Deadly Secrets by Ann Girdharry. This was released on the 29th of June, published by Bloodhound Books.
Deadly Secrets by Ann Girdharry
Release Date: 29th of June 2020
Print Length: 310 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
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How long can you get away with murder?
In an idyllic Sussex town, Mr Quinn whispers a secret on his death bed. Hours later the person who cared for Quinn is killed.
Mr Quinn’s secret sets off events unlike anything Detective Grant and Psychologist Ruby Silver have ever seen.
A series of deaths follow as a killer tries to cover their twenty-year trail of murder by drowning.
Grant, Silver and the team must track a killer who has been getting away with murder for years. But when treachery, corruption and secrets from the past are used against Sergeant Tom Delaney, the killer turns their attention to one of Grant’s own…
Detective David Grant and Psychologist Ruby Silver are back in this unmissable new crime thriller. It can be read as the sequel to Deadly Motives or as a brilliant stand-alone. It’s the perfect read for fans of authors like Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza and Helen H. Durrant.
I watch as her hair fans out on the water. It makes her look like a mermaid, and for a moment she is beautiful. Her spluttering and gasping are annoying me though because they spoil the effect. She’s struggling to stay afloat.
My fingers dig into the rim of the old well, forcing dirt under my fingernails. Leaning in, I take a deep breath of mossy dankness and decay. At my feet a rope lays neatly coiled. It would be easy to throw her a lifeline.
The look on her face says she hopes I will.
How silly of her.
I hum a little tune to myself. I’ve imagined this moment many times – her floundering and me watching as her strength drains away.
She starts pleading. She really shouldn’t waste her energy because it will make her tire much sooner and there, like I told you, her mouth suddenly goes under.
The water is inky blue and the light from above reflects from her pale skin. The sounds which reach me are muffled and magnified at the same time.
I tap my fingers, knowing she won’t last long.
A few moments later, there’s a scuffling from the bushes and someone runs to join me. My companion and I stare down into the depths.
‘What’s going on? Aren’t you going to save her?’
They look at the safety line and make a grab for it, and that’s when my hand flies out and lands on their arm and they drop the rope as if they’ve been stung. It makes me smile. I didn’t use enough force to make them let go. No, they dropped it because I know by instinct the precise point to touch them. You see, I’ve heard my companion’s howls one time too many brought on by the breaking of that arm, and I know the sore point, I know the exact place which brings back all the bad memories. The last time it got broken I even thought I heard the snap of bone.
My touch brings fear to my companion’s eyes. That’s when I first taste a new power in the possibility of bending another person’s will to my own.
‘You know we should.’ All my companion’s conviction has evaporated and I hear the submission in their voice.
I lean into their face. ‘Naw. I don’t think so.’
We turn back to watch the spectacle. In her last seconds, my victim panics, scrabbling and clawing and trying to get a grip on the sides. It’s futile because there is no way out except if I help her.
I toy with the idea of it. Should I throw the line in? Should I give her one last chance?
I entertain myself with the thought, although my mind is already made up. You see she doesn’t deserve it. She doesn’t deserve pity and she doesn’t deserve sympathy, and she certainly isn’t going to get my help. Not after what she’s done. By my side, my companion has fallen silent.
We watch until her head goes under all the way. There are bubbles, there are some pretty ripples, then the water goes flat.
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Let’s Get to Know Ann
Ann Girdharry is a British, crime thriller author.
She’s a trained psychotherapist and worked as a manager in the not-for-profit sector for many years.
Ann is an avid reader and her favourites are crime and suspense. She regularly talks about her favourite reads to her newsletter subscribers.
She enjoys travelling and apart from the UK she’s lived in the USA (where her first daughter was born), Norway (where her second daughter was born) and she currently lives in France.
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