Extract: Dark Water by Robert Bryndza

DARK WATER  PROLOGUE AUTUMN 1990   It was a cold night in late autumn when they dumped the body in the disused quarry. They knew it was an isolated spot, and the water was very deep. What they didn’t know was that they were being watched. They arrived under the cover of darkness, just after […]

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Extract: No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan

No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan The Second One You’re staring out towards the dockyards, brow creased. You will not look at me. I want you to look at me. ‘Look,’ I say, pointing out of the other window facing towards the beach. ‘It’s starting.’ You turn and narrow your eyes. ‘There, see,’ I say, […]

Extract: The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry

Della glanced around the room, noticing that Terry and Val, Mark’s parents, had just arrived, looking quite terrified as both twins twirled energetically in the curtains while neither Jeff nor Tamsin made a move to stop them. ‘So sorry we’re late,’ Val explained as Della offered them their preferred cups of sweet, weak tea. ‘The […]

Extract: Escape to the Riviera by Jules Wake

Escape to the Riviera by Jules Wake   Chapter One   They shuffled into their seats and sat down in the semi-darkness.  The ads had already started but the audience, blasé and indifferent to the stylish mini-films, paid no attention.  Jade’s phone glowed as she scrolled through pages on the internet, reminding Carrie to switch […]

Extract & Competition: Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam

Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam Chapter 5 On the drive across the first of three mountains before reaching the Virginia border, Elsie sat silently, clearly chewing something over. To Homer’s distress, she did not once pass the time with talk of the weather or the bumpiness of the road or anything else. All she […]