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Sunday 28 June 2015

‘The Girl on the Pier’ by Paul Tomkins

Published by Matador,
28 January 2015.
ISBN: 978-1-78462-104-9

The Girl on The Pier is a well written captivating story about Patrick’s life flicking between three different decades it builds a picture of his childhood, college days and present day. It’s very cleverly done, you as the reader know within the first sentence of each new part which era you’ve been transported too.

You’re shown Patrick’s story through Patrick’s eyes and how he perceives situations as he’s abandoned time and again by those he holds dear.  Now as a forensic sculptor he helps identify the unclaimed and missing. But he can’t leave behind a remarkable summer night in 1993, spent on Brighton’s derelict west pier with Black, a beautiful photography graduate. No sooner does he get to know her than she disappears.

Decades on Patrick is tasked with reconstructing the skull of an unclaimed girl found on the pier in the 1970’s, a crime he remembers from his turmoil childhood.


The final few chapter have such a dynamic conclusion, a brilliant read.
Reviewer: Nicky Cooper Brown

Paul Tomkins formerly a London-based designer, Paul has been writing full-time for over a decade. To date he has written eleven football books, some of which have topped the sports chart, as well as making the overall top 40. Dynasty spent a full year in the FourFourTwo/ football top 10.
Paul has also written for a number of prominent football websites, including five years as a weekly columnist for the official Liverpool FC site, and also runs the highly-acclaimed subscription-based The Tomkins Times (, for which thousands of dedicated readers pay a monthly fee.
The Girl on the Pier is his first novel.

Nicky Cooper Brown came late to this game we call writing. Growing up, up North, she was always praised for her talents with her hands, rather than her mind, she harboured an artistic flair often drawing and painting into the night. It wasn't until she moved south to the Beautiful picturesque New Forest that she took pen to paper so to speak. Now Nicky enjoys writing short stories and articles and has a funny and light hearted style, but when it comes to her novels she displays a darker side and a taste for psychological thrillers.

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