The Secrets (Detective Mike Croft #2) by Jane Adams
DISCOVER A CRIME THRILLER THAT WILL KEEP YOU HOLDING YOUR BREATH UNTIL THE VERY LAST PAGE
Please note this book was first published as “Cast The First Stone.”
WHAT DOES HE KNOW?
Threatening phone calls, smashed windows, physical intimidation. Eric Pearson and his family have only just moved into a new home in a sleepy cul-de-sac, but they already have dangerous enemies. How could a respectable family become the focus of such hatred?
Detective Inspector Mike Croft knows the Pearson family well. Eric Pearson claims to own a journal which gives evidence of a horrifying ring of abusers. If true, it would be a high stakes case for DI Croft, and expose awful secrets that the town has buried deep.
But no one wants to believe the dark conspiracies of this friendless and bitter man.
Then a body is found on the edge of Bright’s Wood, wrapped in a black bag.
DI Croft must confront evil which threatens to rip apart everyone in the community.
EVERYONE HAS SECRETS. BUT SOME ARE SO DARK THAT PEOPLE WILL KILL TO KEEP THEM.
Praise for JANE ADAMS, author of the sensational best seller THE GREENWAY.
“Few debut novels achieve this level of suspense. The Greenway lingered in my mind for days. It takes the psychological suspense novel into new realms of mystery.” Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News
“A haunting debut.” Minette Walters
“Compellingly told and rich with psychological insight.” Independent
“Nail-biting stuff.” Ms London
“An assured first novel, with a strong cast and a plot which twists and turns without a glitch.” Yorkshire Evening Post
“Adams has a distinctive voice, which I predict will be heard by the majority of mystery fans.”
DETECTIVE MIKE CROFT SERIES
Book 1: The Greenway
Book 2: The Secrets
Author content feature:
My second novel, in the DI Mike Croft series, is about to be re-released by Joffe Books so we’ve been going through the process of preparing TheSecrets for publication. It’s been strange, revisiting this book and finding just how relevant and current it still feels.
At the core of The Secrets (first published as Cast the First Stone) is the theme of abuse – of trust, position, of individuals who can’t fight back. The second theme is about the wider circle of victims and survivors and the question, if someone you love is accused of a terrible thing, who do you believe? The accuser? Or your husband, wife, child…And what are the consequences, once you’ve made that decision.
Crimes happen in ordinary places. In close – and closed – communities, in ordinary streets and are, more often than not, committed by what seem like ordinary people. Everyone has secrets, usually only little, harmless things that we’re embarrassed about or mistakes made when we’re too young to know better, but what happens if your whole world is built on secrets and if you know that if once those secrets were to be revealed, they could never be forgiven. Or if you are also the guardian of other people’s secrets and they are even more terrible than your own.
I hope readers enjoy this second outing for DI Mike Croft. The Secrets is published by Joffe Books onApril 12th.
Jane Adams Author Bio
Why do I write?
Like most writers, it’s a kind of compulsion. The stories are there and I have to try and grab hold of them and pin them onto the page. Most of the time, I enjoy the process; sometimes, I’d rather be doing just about anything else, up to and including the ironing – and I hate ironing.
I started writing when my youngest child went to school. I was incredibly lucky and my first novel, The Greenway, was picked up by Macmillan in 1994 and published in 1995.
I currently write two series; Naomi Blake and Rina Martin. Rina was a character I’d had in mind for years before committing her to paper. An elderly, ex thespian who had played the part of a popular TV detective, she had retired to the seaside and bought a boarding house for other ex performers. Rina’s feisty, no nonsense character is, I suppose, based on the rather powerful and opinionated ladies I grew up surrounded by – mother, teachers in the all girls school I attended, aunts and pseudo aunts, all of whom had opinions about everything and made sure these were unstintingly shared.
Naomi Blake, on the other hand, was the brainchild of my late agent, Bob Tanner at International Scripts. ‘You should write a blind detective,’ he said ‘ and she needs a big, black guidedog, called Napoleon’.
I thought it was a daft idea, and told him so. I just couldn’t see how to do it. But, like a lot of seemingly daft ideas, this one wormed its was into my brain and I realised he was right. It could work and so, the Naomi Blake series came into being.
I have always written in other genres too, short stories in the SF, Fantasy and Gothic Horror genre, and am working on longer projects when time allows. I also teach Creative Writing and have had the great priviligde of being a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at three different universities.