The Tests (Novel)
“A reserved photographer's world is turned upside down when intense memory dreams force him to solve a mystery from his childhood and face a past that has haunted him his entire life”
The Tests (Crime, Drama / Mystery, Thriller)
At the start of the summer of ‘88, Alex Clayton was desperate to find his place in the world. Bullied at school and reeling from the recent loss of his mum, he sought friendship from local girl Sheryl Denton, and her colourful group of friends, Ben, Janette, Corkscrew and Gavin. But to join their group, Alex first needed to undertake four notorious initiation trials, known as the tests.
That year changed everything for Alex and shaped his entire life. The events that unfolded during that long summer would haunt the group forever.
Now, over three decades later and living in Edinburgh, with his wife, Natalie, Alex’s past jeopardises his marriage when he has memory dreams that are so intense, Natalie becomes concerned her husband is hiding a secret about his childhood.
Alex arranges a reunion with the old group, and travels back to his hometown in Kent, to piece together the events of ‘88. He must face his past, and face Gavin, who is a tormented soul, with nothing to lose. Gavin harbours a deep hatred for Alex and holds him responsible for a tragedy that occurred when they were kids.
Whilst Alex searches for answers, so too does Natalie, as she becomes hellbent on finding out what her husband is hiding.
As Alex and the group revisit moments from their past, dark secrets come to light, past feuds reignite, and things spiral out of control. It soon becomes clear that everything may not have happened as Alex remembered, and the truth can only lead to total devastation for all those involved.
The Feud on Dead Lane (Crime/Drama)
“When a dark secret is uncovered, two friends find themselves stuck in the middle of a bitter blood feud between two notorious families, that’s about to erupt into chaos and murder.”
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