When Cal Weaver stops at red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled teen girl trying to hitch a lift, even when she starts tapping on his window.
When she asks “Aren't you Scott's dad?” he realises she's one of his son's classmates and he can't ignore her. Giving a ride to a teenage girl might not be the smartest move, but how much harm could it do?
Over the next 24 hours Cal will find out. When Claire asks to stop at a restroom on the way home, he's happy to oblige. But the girl who gets back in the car seems nervous and as they get nearer their destination Cal realizes the nasty cut on Claire's hand has gone.
He starts to really worry the next morning when the police cruiser turns up at his door and asks him if he gave a lift to a girl the previous night. A girl who has now been found brutally murdered.
Linwood Barclay at his absolute best
“The Shadow Year” by Hannah Richell
On a sultry summer’s day, five friends stumble upon an abandoned lakeside cottage deep in the English countryside.
For Kat and her friends, it offers an escape; a chance to drop out, with lazy summer days by the lake and intimate winter evenings by the fire. As the seasons change, tensions arise and when an unexpected visitor appears at their door, nothing will be the same again ...
Three decades later, Lila arrives at the same remote cottage. With her marriage in crisis, she finds solace in renovating the tumbledown house, but she wonders about the previous inhabitants. Why did they leave in such a hurry and most disturbing of all, why can’t she shake the feeling that someone might be watching her?
Hannah Richell's SECRETS OF THE TIDES was one of the most widely praised fiction debuts of 2012. Her new novel is an equally captivating story of secrets, tragedy, lies and betrayal.
"Dark Paradise" by Robert Macklin
'I have to tell you, Satan lives here.' Norfolk Island resident to the author, 2011.
Remote South Pacific islands are supposed to be paradise and from a distance, Norfolk Island looks an idyllic, peaceful, beautiful place lush with tall pines. But look closer ...
For all of the 220 years we have known it, Norfolk’s story has been one of darkness, pain, rage and horror. Long buried bones and axes hint at the violence before Captain Cook arrived and claimed the place for England. And then the horror truly began. From its earliest days the isolation of life on this extinct volcano took its toll.
Robert Macklin, author of the bestselling SAS SNIPER, tells the vivid, bewitching story of how a unique lifestyle and culture evolved amongst the almost two thousand inhabitants. From a brutal penal colony, a refuge for descendants of the Bounty mutineers when they outgrew Pitcairn Island in 1856, to the murder of Janelle Patton in 2002, Norfolk Island is exposed like never before. A place full of shadows and wrongful deaths, it’s history is a mesmerising tale all the more powerful because it is true.
“The Drowning” by Rachel Ward
When Carl opens his eyes on the banks of a cold lake, his brother is being zipped into a body bag. And a shivering wet girl is being helped nearby.
What happened in the water? He can't remember. All he knows is that he must find out-before the truth comes back to drown him. . .
This is a dark psychological drama about amnesia, blood ties, jealousy, love and redemption for the 16+ young adult reader from the author of “Numbers”.