Review of "Dead Hope" by Nicky Wells
An absorbing story, fabulous characters and a dramatic finale! A book you won't want to put down!!!
A man called Kay ... a story in it's own right, but it gets way more interesting when he meets a woman called Annabelle...or is that who she is?
"Annabelle" takes a thankless, mundane job in an office - her first "real world" employment. Her new life has been thrust upon her by a judge in a court of law, the reasons for which seemed a mystery at the time, but the method behind the madness will become apparent. Besides that, it keeps "Annabelle" out of jail and introduces her to a way of life far removed from that she was used to. It also leads to the meeting of Kay whose life was unknowingly connected to her's despite their backgrounds being worlds apart.
"Annabelle" has a sad past in which she was orphaned at the age of twelve. The circumstances of her parents deaths were cut and dried, apparently, although "Annabelle" had harbored niggling feelings throughout her young life that what she had been told just didn't ring true. She kept these thoughts to herself while struggling through life with various issues that resulted in frequent time spent in rehab. Money was no problem and she was protected from the outside world by her guardian who tolerated her indiscrepancies by funding the next therapy sessions with no lectures or punishment. That continued until she found herself arrested and before the judge who would ensure that everything would change....her name, her address, her access to money and her connection to her previous life and contacts who would be barred for two years.
Kay is a reformed bad boy with the trade mark bald head and tattoos and a heart of gold. His younger years were more than rough and he clawed himself away from his past to a reputable job and his own home. He had got used to the revolving door or scanning staff who only stayed at the job for a short while and then took off due to boredom. Along came "Annabelle" and they clicked, with him wanting to know a lot more about her. If only his recurring nightmare would leave him in peace. However, he finds that the nightmare is more real than he knew and by connecting with "Annabelle" his life changes forever as he untangles scrambled memories.
The dark side to both their lives comes back to haunt them and they battle together in true movie style to discover the truths that have been hidden in a dark and deadly conspiracy. It is touch and go as to whether their efforts will be rewarded as the crooked perpetrators seem to be managing to stay a step ahead of the intrepid couple and the threat becomes a matter of life and death. Will justice ever be served? No more clues from me... just has to be read!!!
I have really enjoyed reading Nicky Wells' first crime novel!! The hint of Rock is there as you would expect and with such a brilliant twist!! Stay with it Nicky....this genre really suits you!!
Nicky Wells writes captivating romance and breathtaking thrillers featuring famous (or infamous!) feisty heroes and extraordinary villains. DEAD HOPE is her eighth book and the first published novel in her “Wake Up Dead” themed thriller series, with the next two books scheduled for release through the course of 2017 and 2018. Nicky has previously published seven works of romantic fiction both with US publishing house, Sapphire Star Publishing, and independently.
Born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993 and currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and their two boys. She loves listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, she’s hopelessly addicted to reading crime novels by the truck load.
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