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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FAMILY -

WE CAN SEE YOU Si­mon Ker­nick Cen­tury £12.99

This is like tak­ing a ride on one of those fair­ground whirligigs where you sit in gi­ant teacups that spin faster and faster in crazy fash­ion, leav­ing your head spin­ning, and a scream stuck in your throat. That’s how I felt on Ker­nick’s pulse-pound­ing ride with­out brakes. He keeps the pedal to the me­tal from first page to last. It be­gins with suc­cess­ful Cal­i­for­nia life-coach Brook Con­nor and her failed-ac­tor­turned-ten­nis-coach hus­band Lo­gan hav­ing to deal with the kid­nap­ping of their six-yearold daugh­ter Paige. Her nanny is also miss­ing. But they find her sev­ered fin­ger, which comes with a warn­ing that the kid­nap­pers have eyes and ears ev­ery­where, and they want a ran­som…or else. So far, so Hitch­cock. But then, events rapidly es­ca­late as Brooke first ques­tions why the kid­nap gang will only talk on the phone to give in­struc­tions to her broke hubby, when it’s her money they want. Is he in­volved? She knows feck­less Lo­gan’s a woman mag­net, but it looks like his lat­est af­fair could be the death of them all. The story takes off like a scalded cat with the bod­ies pil­ing up, shoot-outs, nar­row es­capes and Brook is the cops’ prime sus­pect. Best buckle up ! Re­view by Alex Gor­don.

Name an­other Ker­nick hit. En­tries to Alex Gor­don, See com­pe­ti­tion by Dec 13. BANG TO RIGHTS He­len Black Con­sta­ble £7.99

I’m not sur­prised Roberta Kray rec­om­mends it, be­cause fans of her tough gang­land thrillers will ap­prove. The Leeds set­ting is ev­ery bit as gritty as Kray’s East End. It might help if you read Tak­ing Lib­er­ties, the se­ries opener, first to un­der­stand why Lib­erty Chap­man be­comes

THE GROW­ING PAINS OF JEN­NIFER EBERT David M. Bar­nett Trapeze £8.99

The sub ti­tle is ‘Aged 19 Go­ing On 91’ and therein lies the clue. This is a quirk­ily hi­lar­i­ous, mov­ing and in­spir­ing age-gap tale fol­low up to Bar­nett’s sur­prise de­but hit Call­ing Ma­jor Tom. When teenage Jen­nifer and pals find them­selves tem­po­rar­ily the white sheep of her fam­ily, aban­don­ing her un­der­world roots to be­come a lawyer. But, when her youngest brother Frankie is shot in a gang­land feud Lib­erty dis­cov­ers blood’s thicker than prin­ci­ples and she goes after re­venge in the fam­ily way. It’s hard as nails! mov­ing in with some oldies in a re­tire­ment home that takes in stu­dents to help pay the bills, the scene is set for a bust up be­tween young and old. But sur­pris­ing em­pa­thy and a com­mon cause lie ahead when Sun­set Prom­e­nade is threat­ened with clo­sure.

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