New York Times bestselling author Eileen Dreyer has been inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, nominated for the Anthony Award and is a retired trauma nurse. Also trained in forensic nursing and death investigation, Eileen doesn't see herself actively working in those fields, unless this writing thing doesn't pan out.
But then her babies arrive and the husband she adores turns into a cold and angry stranger. Her perfect world is shattered the first night he hits her.
Now, she’s trapped in a violent marriage with nowhere to turn. Her husband has threatened to kill her and the kids if she ever dares to leave. In public, they’re the perfect couple, but inside, she’s slowly dying…
Mason Alexander has relocated to the city to take up his dream job as a pediatric doctor at the prestigious Sydney Harbour Hospital. Recovering from a failed marriage, he’s determined to put the change of scene to good use. The distractions and demands of his new job are just what he needs to get his life back on track.
Then he runs into Isobel Donnelly and his world is once again turned upside down. He’s loved her since they were children. She’s the reason his marriage failed. But Isobel’s still married to his nemesis: the incomparable Nigel Donnelly. From all accounts, the two of them are still blissfully in love.
Vowing to steer clear of the woman who’s haunted his dreams for far too many years, Mason does his best to avoid her, but Isobel continues to seek him out and he can’t help but notice her assurances about her happy marriage appear a little forced.
When she arrives at work with a blackened eye, he’s immediately suspicious: There’s no way she fell over toys left in the way. The thought that Nigel might be abusing her is abhorrent, but the signs are there for all to see.
Will Mason be able to convince her to leave her husband…or will they both die trying?
‘I took you, Becca. You’re not my daughter.’
Since Becca Wall’s mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, every day Becca loses a little more of the loving, caring mother who would do anything for her only daughter. But when one day Nancy Wall confesses that Becca is not her child, Becca’s world falls apart.
Becca tells herself that the words are just a cruel symptom of Nancy’s illness; after all, she has her birth certificate, and pictures of herself as a newborn along with her Mom, Dad and older brother, Danny. Becca tries to forget, to get on with on her life – until the day the police question her about the whereabouts of a missing woman, Katie Collins.
Katie has disappeared without a trace, telling her husband that she is leaving to find Rebecca Wall. But Becca doesn’t know Katie, so it’s a case of mistaken identity – isn’t it? But as Becca discovers why Katie was desperate to find her, the lies that Becca has always believed come crashing down. Soon, it’s clear that someone knows the truth – and that they’ll stop at nothing to keep their secrets...
An addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller with a shocking twist that will leave you gasping. Fans of The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and T.M Logan will be gripped until the very last page.
Readers are hooked on Familiar Strangers...:
‘Familiar Strangers is packed to the brim with suspense that will have you hooked throughout... once you start it, you will not want to stop until you turn that very last page.’ (5 stars) By The Letter Book Reviews
'Iloved this and devoured it to the end... A stunning piece of writing with the tension and drama you expect from a top psychological thriller. Very highly recommended.’ (5 stars) Goodreads reviewer
‘wow! It was excellent...This book is very well written, has great characters and grabbed my attention and held it the entire time I was reading.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘uncharacteristically I am very nearly speechless. I've just finished this novel and my head is still processing the events that unfolded within... I look forward to any future novels written by Jackie Walsh.’ Goodreads reviewer
'gripped me from page one and I raced through it to the end. The story is full of mystery and tension along with humour, and sadness. I highly recommend this excellent debut novel.Patricia Gibney, author of Final Betrayal
‘Wow. What a great, twisty book. Kept me guessing until the very end.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Familiar Strangers has an utterly captivating plot, and I was drawn further and further into the story as it progressed, I was kept guessing all the way through.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Compelling, fast-paced, and utterly gripping, Familiar Strangers will keep you hooked until the very end. I loved it’ Louise Phillips, author of the Dr. Kate Pearson crime thriller series
‘A fast-paced but sensitive thriller. A cracking debut.' Andrea Carter, author of the Inishowen Mystery series
Even Sasha's most daunting cases to date haven't prepared her for her current challenge: finding a wedding reception venue that her mother and Connelly can agree on.
Wedding planning woes become the least of her worries, though, when Bodhi King, a forensic pathologist for the City of Pittsburgh, comes to her for help. Young women across the city are dying, and he suspects their deaths are connected. After he voices his suspicions, he becomes a target. Bodhi needs Sasha and Connelly’s assistance to unearth the truth before it's buried along with more victims—and him, if whoever's trying to silence him succeeds.
The trail is long and dirty, leading to political influence peddlers, backroom deals, and the biggest law firm in town. But Sasha and Bodhi won’t stop until they free the city from the grip of corruption—whatever the cost.
Want more Bodhi? Check out Dark Path, the first book in the Bodhi King forensic thriller series!
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