Ruth vit seule à Manchester, non loin de chez sa fille Lizzie, son mari Jack et leur fille Florence, âgée de 4 ans. Elle est divorcée de son ancien mari Tony et travaille dans une bibliothèque. Un jour de septembre 2009, Jack l'appelle pour lui annoncer qu'il vient de trouver Lizzie, assassinée, dans leur salon. Le monde de Ruth s'écroule. Quatre ans après l'assassinat brutal de sa fille, Ruth décide d'écrire à son meurtrier pour atténuer sa haine, reconstituer les événements et retrouver la vie qu'il lui a volé en prenant celle de sa fille.
Les passagers qui embarquent dans le train de 10 h 35 reliant Manchester à Londres ont tous une bonne raison d'espérer des lendemains meilleurs. Jeff se rend à un entretien d'embauche après des mois de chômage, Holly s'offre un peu de répit, Nick se rend à un mariage avec toute sa famille, Meg et sa compagne partent en randonnée, Caroline tente de se soustraire à sa vie compliquée, et Rhona espère rentrer le soir même pour retrouver sa fille. Huit solitudes se côtoient à bord de ce train. Et parmi elles, celle de Saheel, qui peine à trouver sa place dans une société dans laquelle il ne se reconnaît plus. Avec son sac bourré d'explosifs, Saheel n'attend plus rien de l'avenir, il attend le terminus.
« Éprouvant et profondément humain. Un vrai coup de massue.» - Ian Rankin
« Impitoyable et palpitant. » - Daily Telegraph
« Elle avait les larmes aux yeux. Elle n'aurait même pas dû être à bord de ce train. Si seulement elle n'avait pas raté le précédent! Tout ceci lui semblait irréel. Elle avait du mal à croire qu'elle était vraiment là, à chuchoter au sujet de... Elle s'efforça de chasser cette pensée de son esprit.
Une bombe, donc. Une bombe, ou une grenade. Un moyen de blesser des gens, de tuer des gens. Comment en était-elle arrivée à cette conclusion simplement parce que ce passager transpirait dans un train étouffant et refusait d'engager la conversation ? Elle-même était en sueur, terrassée par une nouvelle bouffée de chaleur.
Le moment idéal, bon Dieu.
Elle sentit ses joues la brûler, ses bras et ses cuisses, tout. Elle devait être rouge comme une tomate. Le vertige persista, ainsi que cette peur, intense, qui se répandait dans chacun de ses membres à chaque battement de coeur. Puis elle le vit - l'étudiant - revenir.
- Il est là, dit-elle, rongée par la culpabilité. Je vais, hum...
Elle désigna son siège du doigt. Noman esquissa une grimace. Caroline pensa qu'elle devrait peut-être se déplacer, s'asseoir ailleurs. Ce serait la réaction la plus judicieuse, non ? Mais si l'étudiant s'en alarmait ? S'il paniquait et passait à l'acte plus vite que prévu ? Caroline n'avait éprouvé une telle frayeur qu'une fois en quaranteneuf ans d'existence. C'était différent de l'inquiétude qu'elle avait parfois éprouvée pour les enfants quand ils étaient malades ou blessés. Même lorsque Paddy, avait été commotionné après avoir été renversé par une voiture à l'âge de neuf ans, et que, des heures durant, on n'avait pas su s'il y avait une lésion cérébrale. Différent parce qu'il s'agissait de terreur, pas de peur.»
A daughter's death A teenage girl is found brutally murdered in her squalid flat.
A mother's love Her mother is devastated. She gave her child up to the care system, only to lose her again, and is convinced that the low-life boyfriend is to blame.
Two ordinary women, one extraordinary job DC Rachel Bailey has dragged herself up from a deprived childhood and joined the Manchester Police. Rachel's boss thinks her new recruit has bags of raw talent but straight-laced DC Janet Scott, her reluctant partner, has her doubts.
Together Scott and Bailey must hunt a killer, but a life fighting crime can be no life at all...
A family man The bodies of a man, woman and child are found, lying in pools of blood. The owner of the inn where the bodies are discovered has fled. But he's not alone - he's taken his two young sons with him. No one knows what he's going to do next...
A professional front DC Janet Scott has survived a terrifying attack, and is now having second thoughts about her life and steady marriage - but if she acts on her feelings she risks tearing her family apart. Her best friend DC Rachel Bailey is reeling from a love affair that could have killed her - literally. It's hard to stay focussed.
A united force Gill Murray has enough of her own problems without the team falling apart. She knows they must work together if they are to find the desperate man before he makes his final move. But one question haunts her: what will they have to do to stop him?
A blaze at an abandoned chapel in impoverished Manorclough turns out to be more than just arson when the body of a man who has been shot twice is discovered in the ashes. For the Manchester Metropolitan police team it's the start of a gruelling and complex case that exposes the fractures and fault lines of a community living on the edge.
DC Rachel Bailey, recently married, is trying to come to terms with her new status and deal with the fallout from her chaotic family. She throws herself into work but her compulsion to find answers and see justice done leads her into the deepest jeopardy.
DC Janet Scott's world is shaken to its foundations when death comes far too close for comfort and she finds one of her daughters on the wrong side of a police investigation.
DCI Gill Murray's ex Dave, a Chief Superintendent, crashes back into her life, out of control and bringing chaos in his wake. Gill attempts to get Dave to face the truth of his situation, and to stay the hell away from her, but things are about to get a whole lot worse.
And then a second building goes up in flames...
Newly graduated photography student Lori Maddox spends the year after university travelling and visits China where she finds work as a private English tutor. Back in Manchester, her parents Jo and Tom, who separated when Lori was a toddler, follow her adventures on her blog, 'Lori In The Orient'.
Suddenly communication stops and when the silence persists a frantic Jo and Tom report her missing. It is impossible to find out anything from 5,000 miles away so they travel out to Chengdu, a city in the south-western province of Sichuan, to search for their daughter.
Landing in a totally unfamiliar country, with no knowledge of the customs or language, and receiving scant help from the local authorities, Jo and Tom are forced to turn detective, following in their daughter's footsteps, tracing the people she mentioned in her posts, interviewing her friends, colleagues and students. It's an unbearably difficult challenge and, as the days pass, the fear that Lori is lost for good grows ever larger.
Passengers boarding the 10.35 train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston are bound for work, assignations, reunions, holidays or new starts, with no idea that their journey is about to be brutally curtailed. Holly has just landed her dream job, which should make life a lot easier than it has been, and Jeff is heading for his first ever work interview after months of unemployment. They end up sitting next to each other. Onboard customer service assistant Naz dreams of better things as he collects rubbish from the passengers. And among the others travelling are Nick with his young family who are driving him crazy; pensioner Meg and her partner setting off on a walking holiday and facing an uncertain future; Caroline, run ragged by the competing demands of her stroppy teenage children and her demented mother; and Rhona, unhappy at work and desperate to get home to her small daughter. And in the middle of the carriage sits Saheel, carrying a deadly rucksack . . .
'This is a wonderful novel, powerful, humane and moving. It's also one of the best police procedurals I've read this year' Ann CleevesHow far would you go to protect your child? Can you really keep them safe? What if who they are puts them at risk? And what if they have blood on their hands?Teenager Allie Kennaway heads off for prom night, cheered on by her dad Steve and little sister Teagan. But Allie never comes home, beaten to death in an apparent hate crime because of her transgender identity. As police investigate the brutal murder, a crime that has appalled the country, one parent is at her wit's end with her son's behaviour. Are his outbursts and silences hiding something much darker than adolescent mood swings? And if her suspicions are correct, then what does she do? Another parent will fight tooth and nail to save his boy from the full force of the law. After all, blood is thicker than water and everyone should look after their own. But if he succeeds then Allie and her family will never get the justice they deserve.A groundbreaking story of love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, in a world of change.Praise for Cath Staincliffe:'Harrowing and humane. A real knockout' Ian Rankin'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that' Val McDermid'Remarkable depth ... The most grown-up writer in British crime fiction' TelegraphComplex and satisfying - Sunday Times
Juggling the school run with private investigating, Sal Kilkenny's life is a strange mix of the dramatic with the domestic.Sal has two new clients:Jimmy Achebe wants her to confirm his suspicions of his wife's infidelity and Agnes Donlan fears for her friend Lily, who has undergone a swift decline in her new nursing home.Sal soon finds herself in treacherous territory which threatens to impinge on her private life...Praise for Cath Staincliffe:'A book about courage and compromise, about how sometimes it's kinder and braver to lie. Stunning.'Anne Cleeves'Modest, compassionate... a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail'. Literary Review'Complex and satisfying.' The Sunday Times.'about as good as the British private eye novel gets' Time Out.'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that.' Val McDermid.'an engrossing read'. Sunday Telegraph
She's a single parent. A private eye. And liking it. Until, that is, Mrs Hobbs turns up asking Sal Kilkenny to find her missing son. Sal's search takes her through the Manchester underworld, a world of deprivation and petty theft, of well-heeled organised crime and ultimately, murder. Would she have taken the job on if she had known what she was getting into? Probably, because Sal is fired with the desire to see justice done, to avenge the death of a young lad whose only crime was knowing too much
Against the backdrop of Euro '96 and the soundtrack of Oasis, a summer of terror begins.Sal Kilkenny has two very frightened clients on her hands. Debbie Gosforth is the victim of a deranged stalker while teenager Luke Wallace is afraid he might be a murderer as he has, allegedly, stabbed his best friend Ahktar Khan to death.And then the IRA bomb Manchester's Arndale Centre and the city goes up in smoke...Praise for Cath Staincliffe:'Gritty, intelligent, humane and involving' Big Issue'Deftly organised, with several surprising twists.' Evening Standard'Has her finger on the pulse of her city and that rare ability to write about love, motherhood and friendship without sentimentality' Val McDermid'Modest, compassionate... a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail' Literary Review'Complex and satisfying' The Sunday Times'about as good as the British private eye novel gets' Time Out
No peace and goodwill to all men here in Manchester...It's the countdown to Christmas and Sal Kilkenny is exhausted even thinking about the festive season - her life as a single mother is hectic at the best of times. So when she is asked to investigate a suicide that a grieving family cannot come to terms with, she turns the case down.Eventually, and against her better judgement, Sal is persuaded to look into the woman's last hours and is appalled to discover how little the authorities had investigated her death. And why would a woman so petrified of heights choose to jump from the top of Manchester's Arndale Centre car park?Praise for Cath Staincliffe:'Gritty, intelligent, humane and involving' Big Issue'Deftly organised, with several surprising twists.' Evening Standard'An engrossing read.' Sunday Telegraph'Real people, real problems... Staincliffe writes brilliantly and compassionately about things that matter. Seriously good.' Literary Review'Modest, compassionate... a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail' Literary Review'Complex and satisfying' The Sunday Times'about as good as the British private eye novel gets' Time Out
Can Sal break the conspiracy of silence that surrounds her latest case?Sal Kilkenny is asked to discover the whereabouts of Jennifer Pickering, disinherited twenty years ago. But it seems that now Jennifer does not want to be found. And as she spends her days tracing Jennifer, Sal's nights are shattered by a dangerous stint with the Neighbour Nuisance Unit on one of Manchester's toughest housing estates. In this highly charged atmosphere it's not surprising when tempers flare... and as properties start to burn, Sal's two cases spiral out of control and events, past and present, collide with deadly intensity.Praise for Cath Staincliffe:'Gritty, intelligent, humane and involving' Big Issue'Deftly organised, with several surprising twists.' Evening Standard'An engrossing read.' Sunday Telegraph'Real people, real problems... Staincliffe writes brilliantly and compassionately about things that matter. Seriously good.' Literary Review'Modest, compassionate... a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail' Literary Review'Complex and satisfying' The Sunday Times'about as good as the British private eye novel gets' Time Out
A split second is all it takes to make a decision - but what if it is the wrong one?A winter's evening and a trio of unruly youths board a bus and gang up on teenager Luke Murray, hurling abuse and threatening to kill him. The bus is full but no one intervenes until Jason Barnes, a young student, challenges the youths with devastating consequences.Split Second tackles questions of bravery, fear and kindness and explores the real human impact of violent crime.Praise for Cath Staincliffe,A book about courage and compromise, about how sometimes it's kinder and braver to lie. Stunning. Anne Cleeves.Modest, compassionate...a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail.' Literary Review'Complex and satisfying.' The Sunday Times'About as good as the British private eye novel gets.' Time Out'An engrossing read'. Sunday Telegraph
In a heartbeat, life changes.A sunny, Sunday afternoon, a family barbecue, and Naomi Baxter and her boyfriend Alex celebrate good news. Driving home, Naomi's recklessness causes a fatal accident, leaving nine-year-old Lily Vasey dead, Naomi fighting for her life, Alex bruised and bloody and the lives of three families torn apart.Traumatised, Naomi has no clear memory of the crash and her mother Carmel is forced to break the shocking truth of the child's death to her. Naomi may well be prosecuted for causing death by dangerous driving. If convicted she will face a jail term of up to 14 years, especially if her sister's claim that Naomi was drink-driving is proven.In the months before the trial, Carmel strives to help a haunted and remorseful Naomi cope with the consequences of her actions.Blink of an Eye is a novel about the nightmare that could be just around the next bend for any one of us.Praise for Cath Staincliffe,'A book about courage and compromise, about how sometimes it's kinder and braver to lie. Stunning.' Anne Cleeves.Modest, compassionate...a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail.' Literary Review'Complex and satisfying.' The Sunday Times'About as good as the British private eye novel gets.' Time Out'An engrossing read'. Sunday Telegraph.'a page-turning, insightful thriller.' Big Issue.
A love story, a modern nightmare and an honest and incisive portrayal of a woman who honours her husband's wish to die and finds herself in the dock for murder.When Deborah reluctantly helps her beloved husband Neil end his life and conceals the truth, she is charged with murder. As the trial unfolds and her daughter Sophie testifies against her, Deborah, still reeling with grief, fights to defend her actions. Twelve jurors hold her fate in their hands, if found guilty she will serve a life sentence. Deborah seeks solace in her memories of Neil and their children and the love they shared. An ordinary woman caught up in an extraordinary situation.A finely written page-turner, compelling, eloquent, heart-breaking. The Kindest Thing tackles a controversial topic with skill and sensitivity. A book that begs the question: what would you do?
'A painfully honest exploration of an ordinary family under stress... Astunning piece of work' Ann Cleeves
Four bystanders in the wrong place at the wrong time. Witnesses to the shocking shooting of a teenage boy. A moment that changes their lives forever.Fiona, a midwife, is plagued by panic attacks and unable to work. Has she the strength to testify?Mike, a delivery driver and family man, faces an impossible decision when his frightened wife forces him to choose - us or the court case.Cheryl, a single-mother, doesn't want her child to grow up in the same climate of fear. Dare she speak out and risk her own life?Zak, a homeless man, offers to talk in exchange for witness protection and the chance of a new start.Ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. Will the witnesses stand firm or be prevented from giving evidence? How will they cope with the emotional trauma of reliving the murder under pitiless cross-examination? A compassionate, suspenseful and illuminating story exploring the real human cost of bearing witness.Praise for Cath Staincliffe's The Kindest Thing:'A painfully honest exploration of an ordinary family under stress ... A stunning piece of work.' - Anne Cleeves.'Modest, compassionate... a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail.' - Literary Review.'Complex and satisfying' - The Sunday Times.'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that' - Val McDermid.
A powerful account of how one family, grieving for the loss of their daughter, is hounded then haunted by gross media intrusion.When teenager Cassie Mallion goes missing one hot summer's day in the Lake District her family find themselves in the midst of a media feeding frenzy. Years later as the extent of illegal media activity emerges they must face fresh grief.This ebook short also includes an extended extract from Cath Staincliffe's acclaimed novel, The Kindest Thing.Cover photograph: Valentino Sani/Trevillion
Grandmother Ruth Sutton writes to the man she hates more than anyone else on the planet: the man who she believes killed her daughter Lizzie in a brutal attack four years earlier. Ruth's burden of grief and hatred, has only grown heavier with the passing of time, her avid desire for vengeance ever stronger. In writing to him Ruth hopes to exorcise the corrosive emotions that are destroying her life, to find the truth and with it release and a way forward. Whether she can ever truly forgive him is another matter - but the letters are her last, best hope. Letters To My Daughter's Killer exposes the aftermath of violent crime for an ordinary family and explores fundamental questions of crime and punishment. How do we deal with the very human desire for revenge? If we get justice does reconciliation follow? Can we really forgive those who do us the gravest wrong? Could you?
Blink of an Eye by Cath Staincliffe In a heartbeat, life changes. Blink of an Eye is a novel about the nightmare that could be just around the next bend for any one of us.
The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive - his own father. The first in a brand new series featuring Game Warden Mike Bowditch.
Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand Cass Neary is on her way down, and almost out when an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer. When she arrives Cass stumbles across a decades-old mystery that is still claiming victims, and she finds one final shot at redemption. Patricia Highsmith meets Patti Smith in this mesmerizing literary thriller.
The Circus by James Craig The fourth book in the bestselling Inspector Carlyle series. When the body of journalist Duncan Brown is found in the back of a rubbish truck, Inspector Carlyle is thrown into the middle of a scandal that threatens to expose the corrupt links between the police, the political establishment.
Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet A delightful new cosy crime series starring Max Tudor. In Wicked Autumn, G M Malliet serves up an irresistible English village - deliciously skewered - a flawed but engaging protagonist and a brilliantly modern version of the traditional locked room mystery.