I'm pleased to announce that my next novel, Invisible Victim will be out this summer.

Invisible Victim will be the sixteenth crime novel I have published and yet it is probably the only book I’ve been wanting to write for many years. I have been fascinated by some of the research I’ve done around relationships between abductors and abductees, sadly in some cases over many years.

I also wanted the book to raise a lot of questions. Both Eva and Alex had troubled childhoods. Is it always nature versus nurture? Is there an evil streak in some people and not others? Could it be a sequence of events over a short period that makes someone crack, or a whole life of bad things happening to them? And how would we ever know after the event, anyway? That’s what makes it so interesting to write crime fiction.

Here's the blurb: 

You thought you'd escaped your past. But I won't let you forget.

‘Let me out! Please!’ I shouted, banging on the door. How had I got here? What day was it? I couldn’t remember anything. But I knew I had become the fifth woman to be abducted.

As my eyes adjust to the darkness, I’m filled with dread. Everything looks just like the others described: a small hole in the door, a mattress and a narrow window allowing only a small chink of light. The jewellery given to me by my loving husband has gone and I’m in someone else’s clothes.

Just days before, I had interviewed the third victim for the local paper. She couldn’t stop shaking. Her story was the same as those before her: an ordinary woman, locked away for ten days then released with no explanation, and nothing – nothing she could think of – to link her to the others. Throughout the ordeal, her abductor stayed eerily silent.

I tell myself I’ll be safe in ten days. But I can’t help thinking of the fourth victim who is still missing. And then I hear the voice coming through the door. ‘You said everything would be fine. But it wasn’t was it?’ It is then that I realise. If I am to make it out alive, I need to revisit a dark secret of my own that I have spent a lifetime trying to forget.

Invisible Victim – publishing on 28 June
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