Bright Lies- A.A Abbott-Psychological thriller
Emily now lives with her mother and stepfather David who is wealthy, a far cry
from what they had before. Emily now goes to a private school and David easily
spoils her. Emily is only 14 and when things take a turn for more of a
relationship than she expected from a stepfather, she has to make a decision.
She quickly realises that the only way out is to escape- her mother will think she
has betrayed her and David has threatened her. She grabs a few things and takes
herself away not really knowing where she is going or what to do. Jack has had
a rough life and now finds that he is better to stay on the right side of the law
if he is to survive. The pair meet up and Jack gives Emily a life line- somewhere
to sleep albeit it rough and a job- albeit hard and low paid but they manage
and forge a friendship however Emily knows that David will be after her to
keep things secret. This took me a little while to get into however once I did
and past the trauma Emily was going through I really enjoyed it. There was
something about her and Jack and a tenacity for life that made me stop and
think. Many of us have been through a trauma one way or another which
may affect our daily lives by being in our heads (and bodies). How we face
the future through adversity is our strength. A book of determination and
grit against all odds.
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She’s learned too much, too young. Can she break free?
Emily’s dreams come true when her mother marries wealthy painter, David. Thanks to him, Emily’s artistic talents shine. Then he starts teaching her things a 14-year-old shouldn’t know. While Emily breaks free, she’s forced to sleep in a rat-infested alley.
Bad boy Jack has turned his life around. Working as a DJ with ambitions to open a club, he rescues Emily from the streets when he sees a woman in trouble. He doesn’t know she’s still only 15 - and trapped in a dark web of secrets and lies.
David must find Emily and silence her. As he closes in, Jack faces the hardest choice of all. If he saves Emily, he’ll kiss goodbye to his future...
What would you sacrifice for love?
AA ABBOTT BIO
British crime thriller writer A.A. Abbott (also known as Helen Blenkinsop) loves to escape with an exciting and emotional read, and that’s what she aims to write too. Based in Bristol, she’s also lived and worked in London and Birmingham. All three cities feature in her pacy suspense thrillers. Her latest psychological thriller, ‘Bright Lies’, begins in North Somerset with a posh art exhibition in Bath. Young Emily meets the man who will change her life and cause her to run away to a squat in Birmingham, work in a nightclub and get further entangled in a web of lies.
To write ‘Bright Lies’, Helen has had advice from thirty beta readers on subjects as varied as police procedure, drug abuse, grooming, art, music, DJing and clubbing. She’s grateful to them and to her editor, Katharine D’Souza, for making huge improvements to the story.
Helen’s earlier 5 book Trail series is a lighter read focused on a vodka business. Snow Mountain is a premium vodka made in the former Soviet Union, and its owners have blood on their hands. The saga follows the fortunes of two families running the business and what happens when they fall out with each other and with a London gangster. Glamorous heroine Kat is the girl readers love to hate at the beginning of the series, but by the last book, she has won them over. Book research for the series included prison life, hotel research and vodka. Helen especially enjoyed a tour and tasting with the helpful folk at the Chase Distillery in Herefordshire.
Like 10% of us, many of Helen’s family are dyslexic. While she is not, she wants her books to be enjoyed by readers with dyslexia and visual impairment too. She publishes her thrillers in a Large Print dyslexia-friendly edition as well as the standard paperback and Kindle versions. (You can also adjust the font on your Kindle to suit your needs.) Audiobooks are definitely on the cards – watch this space!
Helen likes speaking to book groups, business networks and social circles, and reading thrillers and short stories at live fiction events and on Zoom. If you're a book blogger, litfest organiser, reviewer or simply adore books, she’d love to hear from you.
Helen is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Bristol Fiction Writers' Group, and Birmingham's New Street Authors.
Find out more and get a free e-book of short stories at https://aaabbott.co.uk