It was an ordinary day in Friary Ridge when Jess took a wrong turn on the way home and, on the spur of the moment, acquired a book at the local market. When she discovers a photograph of a woman within, an indomitable spirit in the form of a small boy enters the life Jess shares with her seven-year-old son, Jonas.

A friendship develops between Jonas and the ghost boy, but something darker is lurking beneath the boy’s friendly demeanour. Meanwhile, Jess oscillates between reality and that of another dimension, her protective nature compromised by a dark and mysterious realm.

She begins to search for the lady in the photograph, who she believes is the ghost boy’s mother. Little did Jess realise that this would lead her to the heart of an undiscovered abhorrent crime, but who was responsible?

And what really happened that fateful hot summer’s day by the park lake?

I enjoyed this as it keeps giving you these little gems that send you in a different direction, loved the twists and turns, some of which I had not even thought about. The ending was good and tied everything all up, which makes this a very good book. Highly reccomended.

KAREN STOKES – I began my literary journey in 2010, writing purely to see where it would lead, hence my first novel ‘An Ordinary Life’ that was published in 2014, under a different name. The work was biographical, written in the third person using a fictional character, which I found incredibly grounding and therapeutic, fueling my desire to continue.

I was born and bred in Sheffield – a ‘true Yorkshire lass’, as they say, and raised amid shop-keeping and a tight-knit community by parents who were both articulate and creative, and as such, inherited many skills with which to occupy my time.

I can clearly remember a love of reading from an early age through to my teens, with a passion for poems and limericks, evident in a recent discovery of a piece I wrote about my father when I was only ten years old, which demonstrates an early talent for rhyme and phrasing. As I grew older, among my favourite authors were Fay Weldon and Martin Amis.

As a versatile creative, I am also a successful digital artist and is commissioned by an art licensing agency based in Florida.  My work as a musician spans more than twenty years in the entertainment business, performing solo and in various bands and collaborations.

Still in Sheffield, I live with my husband and ‘puss-cat’, busy pursuing my love of writing.

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