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Two students coming home from a drunken night out see something strange in the river. It is a young woman’s body.

Hours later, a second young woman’s body is discovered on another stretch of the same river.

DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal are assigned to both investigations. And they’re joined by a new detective, Tom Knight.

Soon a connection is found between the two dead women.A list of “victims” is discovered in one of their flats. Who will be next and what really happened to the women on this sinister list?

In a thrilling conclusion, Jim Neal fights for his life as the two detectives struggle to solve a complex case involving people with secrets that may prove fatal.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.


DS Ava Merry is a young policewoman, recently promoted to detective sergeant. She is fitness fanatic with a taste for dangerous relationships. DI Jim Neal is single dad who juggles his devotion to his job with caring for his son.


Author Bio:  Janice Frost
Janice was born and grew up in West Lothian, Scotland. After completing an English degree at St Andrew's University, she moved to London where she lived for ten years doing an assortment of jobs. Her passions are reading, writing and walking in Scotland and the Lake District. She lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and two sons.
A few facts about me
I love libraries! The kindly librarian in the small town I grew up in allowed me to borrow one book a week from the children’s library using my mother’s ticket before I was old enough to join officially.  I can still remember the first book I ever borrowed. It was a book of fairy stories all with a main character named Jack, which I found on the book returns trolley.  At one point when my children were little I remember having sixty library books in the house at once.  I believe passionately that the library service is worth fighting to keep.
My laptop is my favourite possession The current one is at least three years old and will probably give up the ghost soon, but it’s served me well through three books. I love the flexibility it gives me to write wherever I like. It’s even been to the beach!
I enjoy walking, though I’m a bit of a fair weather walker. I’d like to be more like Jim Neal in the Secrets books and go Munro bagging in Scotland, but I’m not great with heights. I did climb up Ben Nevis once, taking the tourist route. Neal and his friend Jock were more adventurous. In ‘Her Husband’s Secret’ they approached the summit via the narrow arrete connecting Ben Nevis from its neighbouring peak, Carn Mor Dearg. The best part for me besides the view from the top, was plunging my aching, midge-ravaged legs into the icy waters of a stream at the foot of the Ben.  
Ambleside is my favourite retreat in October for the glorious autumn colours.
I’m not a big fan of true-life crime books and documentaries I prefer to stick to the realms of fiction. It’s the same with medical stuff. I love dramas like ER but can’t watch real-life hospital shows. I do try to watch some crime documentaries though as they are useful for research and the quality of some recent shows has been very high.


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