At fourteen, Kate Collins ran away from home. Ten years later, her mother has disappeared without a trace. Faced with no other choice, she returns home. Kate’s convinced her stepfather’s responsible, but he’s a highly decorated police officer. Who will take her accusations seriously?
Banished to a small country town after reporting his city superiors for corruption, Detective Riley Munro is never going to accuse the town’s recently retired Police Commander of murder. But Kate’s fear and distress seem genuine and her mother does seem to have disappeared. With reluctance, he agrees to investigate.
After making rudimentary enquires, Riley’s told Kate’s mother is on a cruise. The information pans out. On the verge of closing the case, Riley is taken by surprise when he receives a subtle threat from his boss, the new Police Commander, to leave Kate’s stepfather alone.
Why would the new Commander feel the need to warn him off? With his instincts on alert, Riley digs deeper and discovers not only is Kate’s mother in a wheelchair, she also hates the water.
Is Kate telling the truth? Is her stepfather, the former Police Commander, guilty of murder? Or is Riley allowing the sad vulnerability in Kate’s beautiful eyes to cloud his judgement?
Chris Taylor grew up on a farm in north-west New South Wales, Australia. She always had a thirst for stories and recalls writing her first book at the ripe old age of eight. Always a lover of romance and happily-ever-afters, a career in criminal law sparked her interest in intrigue and suspense. For Chris to be able to combine romance with suspense in her books is a dream come true.
Chris is married to Linden and is the mother of five children. If not behind her computer, you can find her doing the school run, taxiing children to swimming lessons, football, ballet and cricket. In her spare time, Chris loves to read her favorite authors who include Richard North Patterson, Sandra Brown, Kathleen E Woodiwiss and Jude Devereaux.
Everything comes at a price…
When Australian Federal Agent Brandon Munro accepts a job transfer in a High Tech Operations Unit, he’s hoping for a fresh start. What he gets is an unexpected blast from the past. Four years earlier, walking out on his wife without explanation was his only option, but now there’s nowhere left to hide. She’s a senior agent in his new unit; it’s only a matter of time before he’ll be forced to face the truth.
Highly respected Federal Agent Alexandra Cavanaugh has worked hard to forget the man she once loved and is now hell-bent on putting online child predators behind bars. Her team of specialized officers is in pursuit of an international pedophile ring.
When Brandon transfers to her unit, Alex’s life is once again thrown into turmoil. Hiding a secret from their past, she’s determined to ignore the feelings Brandon evokes inside her while focusing only on the case. Pitted together in a race against time, Alex and Brandon are forced to confront their past.
As the pressure mounts, Brandon struggles to deal with his guilt and reconnect with the woman he still loves. Alex is terrified that Brandon will discover her secret. As they grow closer, will Alex's deception destroy everything they've rebuilt?
If you love Sandra Brown, Tami Hoag, J.D. Robb, Liliana Hart and Karen Rose, you’ll love USA Today Bestselling author Chris Taylor’s Munro Family series. Start reading it today and get hooked on a new series.
A cold-blooded serial killer is carving up bodies... Who's next?
Still reeling from his wife's unexpected and violent death, Federal Agent Clayton Munro must ignore his pain and throw himself into his work as a profiler on a time sensitive case. With a serial killer on the loose in Sydney, he is forced to team up with the local police in an effort to stop the vicious murders.
Lead detective, Ellie Cooper doesn't let her tragic past stop her from anything. Determined to uncover the details behind the murders, she refuses to be distracted by the arrogant and handsome federal agent new to the case.
But as corpses keep piling up, Ellie and Clayton are under pressure to capture the criminal while keeping their anger—and attraction—at bay. With Ellie at the top of his hit list, this particular killer is more dangerous than either of them realize. Can the profiler save her before it's too late?
If you love Liliana Hart, Cristin Harber, and Karen Rose, you’ll love this pulse-pounding romantic suspense thriller from Chris Taylor. The Profiler will keep you glued to the page right until the very end. Read it now!
"Riveting and brilliantly structured, A Simple Favor is an edge-of-your seat domestic thriller about a missing wife and mother that relies on a rotating cast of unreliable narrators to ingeniously examine the cost of competitive mom-friends, the toll of ordinary marital discontent and the fallacy of the picture-perfect, suburban family."—Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author
She’s your best friend.
She knows all your secrets.
That’s why she’s so dangerous.
A single mother's life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes in this chilling debut thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
It starts with a simple favor—an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together—just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time.
But Emily doesn’t come back. She doesn’t answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong—Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily’s husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It’s the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over.
Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing—not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor—is as simple as it seems.
A Simple Favor is a remarkable tale of psychological suspense—a clever and twisting free-fall of a ride filled with betrayals and reversals, twists and turns, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. Darcey Bell masterfully ratchets up the tension in a taut, unsettling, and completely absorbing story that holds you in its grip until the final page.