Little Girl Gone: Book 1

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A tense psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Perfect for fans of Shari Lapena, B A Paris and C.L. Taylor

Will she ever see her daughter again?

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Alex Granger only turned her back for a moment – but a moment was all it took for her world to be destroyed. Her two-year-old daughter Carol-Anne has vanished into thin air.

Alex’s husband Ray is a detective, so he’s used to dealing with horrific cases. But nothing could have prepared him for this. Forbidden from aiding the inquiry, he is forced to confront the fact that he might never see his daughter again.

With no suspects, no DNA evidence and no promising leads, the investigation stalls. Then Alex receives a note, telling her exactly what to do if she wants to see her daughter again... And Alex must ask herself, is she really prepared to do anything to save her child?

Readers are loving Little Girl Gone:

‘OMG, Little Girl Gone is one hell of a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. It's a gripping thriller that holds the reader in a vice like grip that's so tight you sometimes find yourself struggling to breathe’ Goodreads

‘Wham, Bam, Wallop what an astounding read this was’ Netgalley

‘Wow what a stunning book! Drew me in from the first page and kept my interest until it spat me out at the end exhausted and exhilarated from the drama, tension, action and suspense’ Goodreads

‘Well written, terrifying and everything you want from a psychological thriller’ Netgalley

‘I am still speechless after reading this book. Talk about putting a reader on the edge of their seat from the very first page. I was hooked from page one’ Goodreads

‘Little Girl Gone had me totally hooked with a prime all star cast, a magnificent plot, and non stop thrills’ Netgalley

‘I was hooked in from the first page, frantically turning the pages, totally enthralled by the author’s mesmerising storytelling. I honestly didn't want to put this book down’ Netgalley

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About the author

Stephen Edger has been writing crime thrillers since 2010. An avid reader, Stephen writes what he likes to read: fast-paced crime thrillers with more than a nod to the darker side of the human psyche. In all, he has published over a dozen novels – four trilogies, and the rest standalone psychological thrillers.

Stephen was born in the north-east of England, but grew up in London, meaning he is both a northerner and a southerner. By day he works in the financial industry using his insider knowledge to help shape the plots of his books. He also has a law degree, which gives him a good understanding of the inner workings of the UK justice system.

Stephen is married, and has two children and two Westie dogs. He is passionate about reading and writing, and cites Simon Kernick and Tony Parsons as major influences on his writing style.

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Publisher
HarperCollins UK
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Published on
Nov 30, 2018
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9780008320607
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Traditional
Fiction / Thrillers / Domestic
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Fiction / Women
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Soon Francesca begins to suspect there was more to her husband’s death than she realised, that there might be even darker secrets hiding in his past than her own…

 

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Tess Piper was fourteen when her adored twin sister Edie disappeared.

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When a tip-off leads Kate to a disused gymnasium at Daisy’s school, she is shocked to find evidence linking to the murder of a different girl.

 

Working the two cases side by side, Kate’s blood runs cold when a gift-wrapped box containing a human heart is delivered to her at the station. The heart belongs to yet another unknown victim, but the message is clear: there will be more, and Daisy could be one of them.

 

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Exactly a year ago, Amy, a junior detective on Kate’s team, was murdered when she was sent undercover to catch a serial killer targeting young girls. Kate never forgave herself for letting the killer slip through her fingers and her team are worried this coincidence might push her over the edge.  

When another girl’s body with similar bruising around the neck is uncovered days later, Kate launches an investigation of her own, determined to connect new evidence to the old to catch this monster before more innocent lives are taken… 

 

Mysterious sympathy cards left with the families of the victims finally lead Kate to the twisted individual from her past. But if she’s found the killer, why does the body count keep rising?

 

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How do you catch a killer who knows your every move?

 

The woman lay flat on the table, her face to one side, her wrists bound with thick tape. Deep scratches marked the wood beneath her fingers, now resting cold and still...

When a woman’s body is found in an abandoned bar near the Southampton docks, Detective Kate Matthews is called in to lead the investigation. She must solve this case to prove she is coping with the death of a close colleague.

 

Kate knows a pile of ripped up newspaper cuttings discovered at the victim’s house must be a piece of the puzzle, but her team keep hitting dead-ends... Until she finds a disturbing clue that convinces her of three things: The murder is linked to the body of a man found hanging in a warehouse, she is on the hunt for a calculated serial killer, and the killer is watching her every move.

 

Kate realises there will be another victim soon, and that her own life is in grave danger, but no one else believes her theory. Can she find and stop the most twisted killer of her career, before another life is lost?

 

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‘An enthralling, fast paced mystery that kept me hooked from the very start. The murders had me so intrigued and I was desperate to find out who was behind such twisted deaths… I really enjoyed reading this one and I would definitely read more of Stephen's work. Congratulations on a great book!’ Breakfast at Shelby’s

‘Wow this book was good, I really enjoyed it.  Kate is a very dedicated and driven police officer whose private life is a mess. You can’t help but like her. This book has a lot going for it; it is gritty, brutally honest in places and full of suspense. I really found this book hard to put down. It totally had me engaged right the way through. This is the first book that I have read by Stephen Edger and I am definitely going to check out his others… This was a cracking read!’ Bonnie’s Book Talk

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