CORNWALL, ENGLAND 1967
Two children witness a murder. One, a young Irish girl, views it from miles away, the other a seven-year old boy, from fifty yards . . .
A variety of seemingly unconnected people are introduced and woven into the tale as events unfold, quickly spanning the next thirty-nine years . . .
With retirement looming, DCI John Kennedy reopens the only unresolved case in his career – the disappearance of a young nurse twenty-three years earlier. Following the broadcast of a cold case reconstruction, a witness comes forward. Kennedy, now set on the trail of a serial killer, unwittingly sparks a sequence of events that to his horror lead back to him. As the investigation unfolds, it becomes apparent that the murderer is no ordinary adversary. Resourceful and cunning, he has been operating undetected for over forty years, and it seems that only the original witnesses from 1967 can stop him.
But they have yet to meet . . .
The Sister is an epic length novel that explores among its many themes, the role that chance plays in all of our lives, and how fate governs us, and perhaps ultimately, the possibility that there is a life after death. Warning: Adult content.
‘A devious and compelling thriller that will keep you guessing from start to finish.’
‘A beautifully woven tapestry of exciting episodes, combined with very well drawn characters. The story doesn’t flag at all. It held me every minute I was reading it. This is the work of a master storyteller and a very good writer.’ Source: authonomy
Targeted Age Group:: 18 plus
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
That’s a difficult question for me to answer because it is my first complete novel and I have chosen to write a multi-layered story that crosses many genres – and that isn’t just a cop-out – it really does cover mystery and suspense, crime and drama, and it blends psychological and supernatural themes with a hint of romance . . . no easy to categorise, but I was hoping to achieve something different, and I believe that I have.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Don’t rush, take your time, revise and edit carefully to produce a quality piece of work. A great story can be ruined by poor grammar and punctuation.
Max China work sas a construction professional and writes in his spare time. He says: ‘They say everyone has a book inside them just waiting to be written, and I’ve wanted to write mine since I was seventeen. It took a long time . . . Now that I’ve written one, I’ve started on another . . .
I research anything that piques my interest with a passion. I love reading, writing, and listening to music, off road cycling, the great outdoors, freedom and much more besides . . .’
THere wasn’t a single inspiration to write The Sister. It stemmed from a long-term desire to be a writer and it’s really the culmination of a number of ideas I’ve had through the years.