- Crime Fiction
Someone is always watching…
Derek Flint is a loner. He lives with his mother and spends his
evenings watching his clients on the CCTV cameras he has installed inside their homes. He likes their companionship – even if it’s through a screen.
When a series of crimes hits Derek’s neighbourhood, DC Beth Mayes begins to suspect he’s involved. How does he know so much about the victims’ lives? Why won’t he let anyone into his office? And what is his mother hiding in that strange, lonely house?
As the crimes become more violent, Beth must race against the clock to find out who is behind the attacks. Will she uncover the truth in time? And is Derek more dangerous than even she has guessed?
| Excerpt |
Alighting from the bus at the stop nearest to home, Derek walked swiftly along his street, keeping his head down and away from the prying eyes of the neighbours. Thankfully no more press had arrived on his doorstep and no new graffiti had appeared. He took out his key ready, and quickly let himself in. Odd, he thought straightaway. The house was silent. Too quiet. No sound was coming from the television, and when he went into the living room it was empty.
‘Mum!’ he called upstairs. No reply. ‘Mum!’
Where on earth was she? She hardly ever went out alone. With mounting concern he went into the kitchen and found a handwritten note on the work surface: Gone to stay with my sister for a few days. Mum.
‘Oh, I see,’ he said out loud, surprised. She stayed with her sister a couple of times a year but usually spent weeks trying to decide when to go, then asked him to buy her train ticket, take her to the station and see her to the correct platform. Never before had she just gone like this. He’d phone her later and make sure she’d arrived safely and was all right, but for now he had more pressing matters to attend to.
His stomach grumbled, reminding him it was well past lunchtime so he made himself a ham sandwich and a mug of tea and took them upstairs with the bag containing the laptop. In his room Derek set the mug and plate to one side and with mounting anticipation carefully unpacked the laptop and placed it in the centre of his workstation. He manoeuvred his chair directly in front. The laptop looked a bit lonely all by itself after all the equipment that had been there, but that would change over time. This was just to get him going again, the beginning, and his excitement grew.
Taking a bite of the sandwich and a swig of tea, he plugged in the laptop and watched it boot, a warm feeling coursing through his veins. He had to admit he often felt more relaxed and in tune with computers than he did with people. You knew where you stood with them. He typed in his name when prompted and five minutes later the installation process was complete and his new laptop was ready to go. He took another bite of sandwich and drawing in his chair, set the security level to high before connecting to the Internet. As he did, emails rushed into his inbox, uncollected while he’d been without a computer or phone. He ran his eyes down the list. Nothing urgent, he’d read them later. For now he wanted to get on.
As a writer of suspense thrillers I often ask myself what if? What if this happened instead of that? Or why a particular person reacted as they did. So often fact is stranger than fiction and these books start with a fact which I develop. You may be surprised to know, for example, just how many patients experience changes in their likes and dislikes after a transplant operation ~ The Darkness Within. Or how easy it is to look into someone’s home through their CCTV ~ Stalker.
Just a little bit about me. I live in England and have three children. I have always been a writer – from when I was at school, with poems and articles in the school magazine. In my teens I began writing short stories, a few radio plays and novels. I finally made it into the bestseller charts with Damaged in 2007 which I wrote under the pseudonym Cathy Glass. Since then I have had 28 books published, many of which have become international bestsellers.
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