Truth or Dare

After escaping prosecution for vehicular homicide, Darren Richards is kidnapped, along with his girlfriend and daughter. His kidnapper gives Darren a choice. Someone dies: his girlfriend and daughter or him.

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Sphere (UK), paperback, June 2014, ISBN: 9780751550559

Brennan & Esposito Book 6

Darren Richards opened his eyes to find himself duct-taped to a chair with a crossbow pointing at him. Behind the crossbow is a hooded figure wearing a black-faced, round-eyed gas mask. The figure tells him what Darren knows: that he stole a car, drove it recklessly while under the influence of drugs and killed a woman and her baby. His solicitor managed to get the case thrown out of court on a technicality so he has not paid for his crime. That, says the figure, cannot be allowed to happen.

Darren turns to his right. Next to him are his girlfriend and their baby daughter. Both similarly taped to a chair, gagged. It’s very simple, explains the figure. Either you die or your girlfriend and child die. But someone has to pay. A life for a life. The choice is Darren’s…

The Doll's House

In all his years on the force, DI Phil Brennan of the Major Incident Squad has never encountered a scene like it. A life-size doll, an adult woman dressed in her best pink party dress, covered in blood. Eviscerated. Dead.
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Sphere (UK), paperback, September 2013, ISBN: 9780751550528
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Brennan & Esposito Book 5

From the outside, the house was unremarkable. Just one of many on an ordinary, suburban estate. But inside was a different matter. With pink ribbons and pink walls, stuffed toy animals everywhere and a dining table laid out for a tea party, it was a doll’s house. The doll was sitting at the table. Life size, with blonde, pigtailed hair and rosy red cheeks, dressed in her best pink party dress. Her finger and thumb curled round the handle of a fine china teacup. An adult woman. Covered in blood. Eviscerated. Dead. In all his years on the force, DI Phil Brennan of the Major Incident Squad has never encountered a scene like it. As he investigates he uncovers more bizarre revelations and realises that he must act fast; the next murder has already been planned and the victim is close to home . . .

Choked (UK)

After a devastating arson attack on their cottage, Detective Inspector Phil Brennan and criminal psychologist Marina Esposito’s daughter Josephina goes missing. With Phil in a coma, Marina is alone when she receives the first phone call.
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Sphere (UK), paperback, September 2012, ISBN: 9780751545203
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Brennan & Esposito Book 4

Detective Inspector Phil Brennan and criminal psychologist Marina Esposito have just returned from their honeymoon and are spending the Easter weekend in Suffolk with their baby daughter Josephina and Phil’s adoptive parents.

But their rural idyll is cruelly destroyed. After a devastating arson attack on the cottage, Josephina goes missing.

With Phil in a coma, Marina is alone when she receives the first phonecall.The kidnappers say that if Marina ever wants to see her daughter alive again, she has to do exactly what they say…

The Black Road (US)

The honeymoon is over for newlywed criminologist Marina Esposito. Her house is in flames. Her detective husband is in a coma. Her baby daughter is missing. And then her phone rings…
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Sphere (UK), paperback, September 2012, ISBN: 9780751545203
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Brennan & Esposito Book 4

The honeymoon is over for newlywed criminologist Marina Esposito. Her house is in flames. Her detective husband is in a coma. Her baby daughter is missing. And then her phone rings…

“I have something you’ve lost,” the voice said. “Your daughter.”

The voice at the other end wants to play a game. If Marina completes a series of bizarre tasks within three days, she wins her daughter’s life. If she fails, her little girl dies. The clock starts now.

In a desperate race against time, Marina begins to suspect that the madman is someone she knows – someone with a past as troubled as her own. But the truth is far darker than she imagines…

Cage of Bones

Workers demolishing a building in Colchester make a horrifying discovery in the basement: a cage made of human bones… with a feral child inside. As Phil Brennan and Marina Esposito investigate, they expose the trail of a serial killer who has been operating undetected for thirty years—a killer with a disturbing connection to Brennan’s father.

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Sphere (UK), paperback, September 2011, ISBN: 9780751545258
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Brennan & Esposito Book 3

Into the house. Down the stairs. Through the dripping dark of the cellar. Someone is there. Someone who shouldn’t be there… As a building awaits demolition, a horrifying discovery is made inside the basement: a cage made of human bones, with a terrified, feral child lurking within. Unbeknown to DI Phil Brennan and psychologist Marina Esposito, they have disturbed a killer who has been operating undetected for thirty years. A killer who wants that boy back. But the cage of bones is also a box of secrets. Secrets linking Brennan to the madman in their midst. With the death toll rising and the city reeling in terror, Brennan and Marina race to expose a predator more soullessly evil than they’ve ever faced—one who is hiding in plain sight.

The Creeper

Suzanne Perry is having a vivid nightmare. Someone is in her bedroom, touching her, and she can’t move a muscle. But when she opens the curtains, she sees a polaroid stuck to the window. A photo of her sleeping self, taken during the night. And underneath the words: ‘I’m watching over you’. Detective Inspector Phil Brennan has a killer to hunt.
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Sphere (UK), paperback, September 2010, ISBN: 9780751542530
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Brennan & Esposito Book 2

He stalks. He kills. He’s… The Creeper.

Suzanne Perry is having a vivid nightmare. Someone is in her bedroom with her. And she can’t move a muscle.

She wakes, relieved to see the morning light, glad to put the nightmare behind her. Then she opens the curtains and sees a Polaroid stuck to the window. A photo of her sleeping self, taken during the night. And underneath it the words:
I’m watching over you

Her nightmare isn’t over. In fact, it’s just beginning…

A gripping, addictive thriller that will keep you up all night, The Creeper introduces a serial killer who takes over women’s lives—and reintroduces Phil Brennan, the damaged, brilliant police detective determined to get justice.

The Surrogate

A shocking double-murder scene greets Detective Inspector Philip Brennan when he is called to a flat in Colchester. When psychologist Marina Esposito is brought in, Phil has to put aside his feelings about their shared past and get on with the job. But can they find the killer before another woman is targeted?

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The Surrogate

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Sphere (UK), paperback, September 2009, ISBN: 9780751542288
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Brennan & Esposito Book 1

Hester wants a baby. Yours . . .

A sickening killer is on the loose. A killer like no other. This murderer targets heavily pregnant women, drugging them and brutally removing their unborn babies.

When DI Phil Brennan is called to the latest murder scene, he knows he has entered the world of the most depraved killer he had ever encountered. After a loveless, abusive childhood, Phil knows evil well. But nothing has prepared him for this.

And when criminal profiler Marina Esposito is brought in to help solve the case, she delivers a bombshell: she believes there is a woman involved in the killing, a woman desperate for children…

A shocking, gripping debut novel, The Surrogate is the perfect read for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter.