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Published by Whole
Story Audio Books, September 2012.
ISBN: 978-1-47121-338-0 (11 CD’s. 13.75 Hours)
Travelling from Heathrow to the USA Stephanie Harker passing through the
airport security checkpoint at O’Hare airport in Chicago is helpless as she watches a man
Higgins. Although his guardian, Stephanie is not Jimmy’s mother, but the son of
reality TV star Scarlett Higgins.
The next section of
the book is the story of how ghost writer Stephanie Harker became friends with
Scarlett, told in flashbacks as Stephanie is interrogated by the FBI Agent
assigned to direct the recovery of the missing boy. As the story progresses several possible lines
of enquiry come to light.Could it be Stephanie’s
ex lover Pete, who has been stalking her since they split up determined to get
her back.Or Scarlett’s mother and
sister, with whom she has long been estranged?Or one of Scarlett’s many obsessed fans?
It is an interesting story
mirroring in many ways the life of the late Jade Goody, as reported in the
press. It is not until one is 90% through the book that the pace picks up.And although I had guessed the culprits,
there is an amazing twist at the end that is so Val McDermid.Although all the clues are there it was still
a surprise, and I loved it.
There is no doubt that
Val McDermid is a brilliant writer, and fans of Val’s will love this non-series
brought much to the story particularly her portrayal of Scarlett.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
McDermid grew up in Kirkcaldy on the East Coast of Scotland. She read English at St Hilda’s
She worked on national newspapers in Glasgow and
ending up as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. Val’s first
book Report for Murderwas published in 1984, In 1991 she gave up the day job and has been
making my living by writing ever since. She was the Manchester Evening
News‘crime reviewer for four years, and still review regularly for
various national newspapers. She also writes occasional journalism and
broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland.
BeamishAfter a successful period with a French circus company Antonia
Beamish was awarded a scholarship to study drama in America. She stayed in New York and performed off Broadway before touring the
with Moliere's Tartuffe before returning to the UK to play the
lead role in Educating Rita. Antonia Beamish has won the Best Actress
Award at the Calgary International Festival of Horror, and also performs
extensively for radio.