Author: Owen Mullen
Published: October 2019 by Bloodhound Books
Category: Domestic Noir, Psychological, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review
It’s been five years since Mackenzie Darroch was abducted and held captive in a derelict house.
She thought she’d found her way out of the darkness. She was wrong.
When she witnesses a car crash and saves the driver’s life, it sets in motion a chain of events that will alter both their futures.
Owen Mullen has again tackled important and relevant issues with insight and realism. The story, split into three parts comes from several perspectives, centring around Mackenzie Darroch and the refuge she runs for women who have suffered mental and physical abuse at the hands of men.
Five years ago Mackenzie had been abducted, held captive and sexually abused. It was a long haul to get her life back on track and finding the perfect house to turn into a refuge for women like herself seemed like fate. Three years later many women had benefitted from time spent there.
Most of the women in the refuge had gone through the same emotions. Finally finding the courage to break free came at a price.
Late one night while driving home, Mackenzie became aware of the wreckage of a car on the side of the road. It was the car that had raced past her minutes before. Half dragging the female out of the driver’s seat, they both stumbled across to Mackenzie’s car with no time to spare before the crashed vehicle burst into flames. The woman, Caitlin, was fleeing an abusive husband. Eventually Mackenzie was able to persuade Caitlin to go with her to the refuge.
Meanwhile Mackenzie received a call from DI Andrew Geddes, who was directly involved in her rescue from the derelict house where she was being held during her abduction, asking for a favour. She very reluctantly had to decline. Since Caitlin’s arrival the refuge was full.
Mackenzie hated to let him down — with all he’d done for her it felt wrong to not be more helpful; he deserved better. ‘I could speak to her if you’d like. Maybe convince her to let the system step in and take care of both of them.’