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July 19, 2013


The window’s so small  I can’t see what’s happening next. But what I do know is that Kim is dead. And I know this, too that I helped kill her. Kim, my lovely only best friend.

Five years ago Maura fled life in Dowerby and took on a new identity, desperately trying to piece her life back together and escape the dark clouds that plagued her past. But then a reporter tracks her down, and persuades her to tell her story, putting her own life in danger once again.

Layer upon layer of violence and deceit make up the full picture for Maura to see and the reporter to reveal. Hidden secrets are uncovered that have been left to settle, for far too long. But in life some things can’t be left unsaid, and eventually the truth will out. Whatever the consequences.

My review


Five years ago Maura Wood was just a stay at home happily married wife with a daughter named Rosie, in a small village of  Dowerby. That was until 28-year-old Kim Carter arrived in Dowerby as the new district reporter  for the regional evening paper. Kim was very pretty, bright and very ambitious.  Nick Wood has joined the Dowerby fair committee.  Nick want’s Kim to do a big spread in the evening paper for the publicity for the annual traditional medieval fair. Maura and Kim strike up a really good friendship. Kim knows that her boss wants an extra person working on the evening paper with her. Kim then persuades Maura to go for it. 

Nick becomes violent towards Maura hitting her but not leaving any marks on her body, so Maura can not prove to police that she is being hit by her husband’s violent out burst’s.

Kim finds out about corrupt practices at Dowerby council. A number of planning consents have been made which are against council policy. Also councillor Andrew Black and Stuart Christopher were both given lenient sentences for drinking and driving.

Kim has an affair with Keith a chief inspector. This rocks his marriage and the entire village.

The first two days of the medieval fair dampened the spirits of Dowerby committee fair with  grey skies, heavy rain and puddles and food poisoning.

Nick and a few other of the fair committee turn up at Kim’s office and take her out of her office in the rain where thunder growled, to the square to the fair’s ducking-stool like a swing with a bar across and was pushed down into the water, when tragedy happens and kim dies. Was this a simply accident of tragedy or murder?.

The Present day.

Maura left her abusive husband. She moved away from Dowerby some where Nick would not find her. Maura changed her name and got two new jobs with not giving her bosses her real name.   It seems she is being followed by a news reporter. Where eventually Maura tells him all the hidden secrets. Nick returns to Maura’s new flat.

 To contact Author

Notes on the author.  Bea is the writing name of former BBC and newspaper journalist Barbara Henderson. Bea lives in Northumberland border town of Berkwick-upon -Tweed with her partner and children. 

Paper back pages 227


published by legend


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