A LONG HOT SUMMER, A CITY BY THE SEA, AND A SERIAL KILLER ON THE LOOSE.
Nineteen-year-old runaway Ruby Baker and pregnant best friend Mary escape domestic violence in London to find a new home in Brighton. They join a glitzy set of party girls, who are hell-bent on enjoying themselves in the new freedom of the 1960s.
But their new life soon comes under threat. Someone is watching Ruby. A tall stranger who Ruby keeps spotting in the shadows. This man may have followed them from London. And Ruby fears her dark secret will be exposed.
Then a murder at a local beauty spot brings danger for the party-loving set, and the first murder is followed by a second. Rumours of occult sacrifices spread across town.
In a breathtaking conclusion, Ruby faces a race against time to save someone very close to her, and her new life may be destroyed and her secrets exposed.
Discover a gripping new writer today. Great for fans of Lisa Jewell, Angela Marsons, or LJ Ross.
Ruby is running away from an abusive stepdad, her pregnant friend Mary, an abusive husband. They swap Croydon for the bright lights of Brighton, thinking nobody would find them there. But somebody is watching them, breaking into their flat leaving gifts and threatening phone calls. Then young women like themselves start turning up dead.
It’s a short book, only twenty three chapters with an array of interesting characters. I really did end up caring what happened to both Ruby, Mary and her baby. But, I’m just nit picking here, I didn’t think it was a psychological thriller. Well, to be more specific it started out as a psychological thriller, with the whole Ruby feels like she’s being watched and nobody takes her seriously thing, but ended up being a good old murder mystery. I’m not saying that is a bad thing because I love a good mystery but it just wasn’t what I was expecting.
Another point is I still have no idea what year it was meant to be set. From the blurb it says the ‘sixties’ but the that was a whole ten year period and as someone who’s entire knowledge of the era comes from watching ‘Carry On’ films and listening to The Beatles I really would have like a bit more scene setting.
Overall an interesting book but I personally would have stuck with the murder mystery aspect of it and got rid of the stalker/psychological part but that, of course, is just my opinion.