Wendy and Nell have been best friends since childhood but when someone threatens to ruin their relationship, tough decision must be made. Stepping away to start a new life alone, Nell leaves for France while Wendy embarks on marriage and motherhood.
Both keep in touch, sending letters back and forth, sharing confidences and baring all, or are they? In reality, homesickness, violence, loneliness and murder form the backdrop of their lives but with no alternative, they forge ahead, sparing feelings and hiding the truth.
Some truths are too hard to face and, as time goes by, shame and fear conspire to keep Wendy and Nell apart.
But when a twisted, deceitful face from the past turns up, obsession and heartbreak wreaks havoc on their lives. Someone is seeking revenge and recompense. And someone is a killer.
It’s time for Wendy and Nell to face their demons and the truth. But can the bond that has held them together for three decades survive or, will the seismic repercussions of buried secrets break them forever?
About Anita Waller
Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children.
She has written and taught creative writing for most of her life, and at the age of sixty-nine sent a manuscript to Bloodhound Books which was immediately accepted.
In total she has written seven psychological thrillers and one supernatural novel, and uses the areas of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire as her preferred locations in her books. Sheffield features prominently.
And now Anita is working on her first series, the Kat and Mouse collection, set in the beautiful Derbyshire village of Eyam. The first in the series, Murder Undeniable, launched 10 December 2018, and the second in the series, Murder Unexpected, launched 11 February 2019.
The collection has four books available, following the success of the first book; she is currently working on book five, Murder Unjoyful. This will be launched in November 2020.
May 2020 will see the launch of two books. The first one, Liars, will launch on 11 May, and was co-written with a fellow author from Bloodhound Books, Patricia Dixon. The second book is called Gamble, a standalone novel, and will launch 25 May 2020.
She is now seventy-four years of age, happily writing most days and would dearly love to plan a novel, but has accepted that isn’t the way of her mind. Every novel starts with a sentence and she waits to see where that sentence will take her, and her characters.
In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club was particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed, and they provided it.
Her genre is murder – necessary murder.
About Patricia Dixon
Patricia Dixon lives in Manchester and is the best selling author of eight novels.
She has written stories set in her home city and the Loire, a place to close to her heart and from where she gathers inspiration for her characters and tales.
In May 2018 she signed with Bloodhound Books, leading crime and thriller publishers.
Recently Patricia was long-listed for The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and has been nominated in the Crime Fiction Addict Readers Choice Awards. Her books regularly appear in the top slots for readers and bloggers book of the year.
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What a roller coaster read. I have been a big fan of Anita’s since reading her first book, but I am sorry to say, I have never read a book by Patrica, but I was excited to see what the two authors would come up with together.
I read half the book over a couple of nights with reluctantly having to switch off gone midnight both nights, so today (26th April) I decided I was going to finish it and I did. Boy what an emotional last few chapters, no spoilers but I was not expecting to have a tissue handy. That is all I am saying.
The characters you ended up loving, then hating, then loving again, but I have to say Nell was my utmost favourite.
Ladies I want to congratulate both of you, Anita, you are still one of my favourite authors and Patrica, I will definitely be reading more from you.
If I could I would give you 10/5 I would, but unfortunately no chance of that so it will have to be 5 stars.