A page turning debut in the tradition of Stieg Larsson, Lee Child and Dean Koontz, Next of Kin is a a thriller fuelled by an earth shattering mystery and desire for revenge. An original mix of war and its impacts, both heartbreakingly pathetic and terrifying.
“… they were now moving down the slope towards his house; the soldier at the front raised his rifle to look at Alaz through the light intensifying sight, and for a fleeting moment, his face was illuminated as a pale green mask. Alaz shivered with fear and ran as if his life depended on it. Because it did.”
“…what Grant would remember for the rest of his life was the disgust he saw in that boy’s eyes, and of course, the fear and resignation in the split second before he crushed his throat with the chipped wooden stock of his father’s AK47.”
“…Josh opened his eyes. Blood hung in the water near to his face. Swirling. Like his confusion. Then the panic came. Josh opened his mouth to shout his mother, but as he did so water rushed into his lungs. Josh banged on the window and gulped in another mouthful of the dirty river water. Then everything went black.”
“…she turned to look at the doctor, when she looked into his eyes, she saw a hardness there, Rachel knew it would be over soon. The gun was still on the table, but he held a large needle in his hand, a different one than before, longer and thicker. He shook his head slowly when he saw her look past him at the gun. But it wasn’t the gun she was looking at; she was looking at the door which slowly opened to reveal a silhouetted figure.”
Rachel is looking forward to finishing university and travelling the world, that is until her mother’s car leaves the road and plunges into the icy waters of the Charles River.
With her younger brother missing things take a turn for the worse when the hospital refuse to continue treating her mother. As Rachel searches for medical insurance documents she discovers a hidden box containing information about an attack on a remote Kurdish village.
But as she looks into the events of the attack she is shocked to find out that her father may have been there.Rachel seeks to find out the truth about his involvement, only to realise that by doing so she puts everyone she cares about at risk.
And once she learns what really happened, can she make the ultimate decision of who lives or dies?
Like most people who have been murdered, I knew my killer. I didn’t die by a random act of violence, committed by a stranger, in fact, I knew them very well.
Targeted Age Group:: 14+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The story is based on my military experiences. I spent over a decade as a Royal Marine Commando in many roles, on sea and land including as an instructor at the Commando Training Centre assessing the next generation of Royal Marines.
After training all over the world becoming skilled in Arctic, Jungle and Urban Warfare he saw active service in the Middle East, Northern Europe and the Balkans, seeing the best and worst of humanity.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I wanted a strong female lead who was both vulnerable and strong. I wanted to explore the impact that would rain down on one of the soldiers daughters instead of the direct impact upon the solders involved in the mission.
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