A new novel, a new publisher... At long last it's release day for my psychological thriller 'The Lost Ones'. I hugely enjoyed writing the Steel City Thrillers, but after four years I decided it was time for a change of scenery. The result was 'The Lost Ones', a standalone story of murder, deceit and desire set in beautiful, bleak Northumberland. The novel was picked up by Thomas & Mercer who did an incredible job of fully realising my vision for it. I hope you enjoy plunging into its mystery as much as I did creating it.
When a nine-year-old girl goes missing in Harwood Forest, the search for her brings back memories of an unsolved double murder some forty years earlier. Could the key to Erin Jackson’s disappearance lie in the bloody fate of Elijah and Joanna Ingham, bludgeoned to death while their young daughters slept? Were the Inghams really the victims of opportunistic burglars—or a more sinister fate?
The woods are combed for signs of the child, but Erin’s brother, Jake, mounts his own investigation, uncovering evidence that puts the Inghams’ daughters—vanished Rachel and ‘crazy’ Mary—in the frame. Meanwhile, Erin’s father suspects that the ragtag army of eco-warriors besieging his quarry development may have something to hide.
As devastating secrets and betrayals are revealed, the Jackson family is brought to a breaking point. But time is running out. Erin is still missing and Jake’s unorthodox enquiries have left him dangerously exposed. They must find Erin and lay the past to rest—before they become its latest victims....
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