That knee-jerk reaction that changes your life.
How many people have got up in the morning with a completely innocent life behind them, and then walked into a situation which has made them lash out.
One fight, one punch, one totally unexpected outcome, and everything changes.
University Lecturer Dave, and his pretty wife Tara, are about to move into their dream home, a million pound plus refurb on an exclusive street.
The day before they move in Dave goes for one last look at the house and sees his wife sneaking out and kissing Ryan, the head builder.
When Dave sneaks into the house and finds a pair of his wife’s panties, a used condom, a wet tissue and a guilty looking Ryan in an upstairs room he snaps.
During a short fight and Ryan falls through an open French window and falls three floors into the pit dug for foundations of an ornament in the back garden.
As Dave runs to see if Ryan is dead he gets hit on the head and loses consciousness. When he comes around the next morning, the pit is filled and the patio and ornament are laid. There is no sign of Ryan.
Has he woken up and run off? Dave thinks he may have misjudged the injuries and that Ryan has disappeared.
Then the blackmail starts. Somebody saw what happened and wants to ruin Dave.
Is everything as it seems? Why are the Police interested in Ryan for other reasons than his wife has reported him missing? what else is he involved in?
All of this in the first 40 or so pages and what follows is a good story with some interesting twists along the way.
But as good as this story is, it is a bit slow and ponderous. This is not a fast-paced thriller, along the lines of most modern crime fiction, more of a Mid Summers Murder paced plod.
Publishing Date: 1st September 2017
Available to pre-order on Amazon