- Author: Nicky Wells
- Published: February 2017 by CreateSpace independent Publishing Platform
- Category: Romance, Suspense, Mystery, Book Review, Books, Reading.
Cat Hope doesn’t want to go to prison. She needs a job, and she needs it fast: judge’s orders.
Kay Mahon, office worker by day and hacker by night, is on the run from a past life that he’d rather not remember.
At thirty-one Cat Hope is the archetypal spoilt little rich girl, living off the legacy of her deceased rock superstar parents. Until one day she finds herself in front of Judge Peterson on a drugs charge. Given the choice between the judge’s idea of rehab or prison, Cat opts for rehab.
It’s rehab, Cat, but not as you know it.
The conditions of her sentence require her changing her home and name, getting a job in order to support herself and committing to community service. Cat can’t believe it. She’s been in and out of rehab so often but never like this. And why does she need to change her name?
Cat chewed her lip. She really wasn’t herself at the moment. She didn’t know if she was coming or going, and she wasn’t used to dealing with this level of inner conflict without a handy analyst to tell her how to interpret her feelings.
One half of her wanted to do a runner, and to hell with the consequences. And one half – the slightly lesser half, a previously unknown, somewhat shy but insanely reasonable half that seemed to be speaking in her mother’s long-forgotten voice – kept telling her to see this through, that it was important. That it mattered.
So here she was, renamed Annabelle Smith, in a small, nondescript town, working at a lowly paid and mundane office job and living in a small basic flat. Not at all what she was used to. The only bright spot is the mysterious Kay, one of her co-workers, who was more than surprised when ‘Annabelle’ stuck with the job when a succession of previous employees left after a few weeks. The deepening friendship between Kay and Cat, despite both resolving to remain aloof, lead to discoveries about their pasts and a deadly conspiracy.
An easy, enjoyable read, Dead Hope is a well paced romantic suspense novel with likeable main characters. Erstwhile bad boy, Kay, with his shaved head and tattoos was an immediate winner and Cat became more sympathetic as the story progressed. Kay and Cat work well together as they unravel the mystery of how and why Cat’s parents died and how it ties in with Kay’s recurring nightmare.
Well written with realistic dialogue, flashes of humour and snappy banter, this was a nice change of pace. If you’ve enjoyed previous books by Nicky Wells, I’m sure this won’t disappoint. The mystery/suspense/crime element gives it that added extra.
About Nicky Wells
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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