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PRESS RELEASE: New thriller from Black Thorn October 2019

Updated: Sep 10, 2019


A fascinating psychological suspense novel – the first in a new series featuring Bristol-based detective DI Vogel


DI David Vogel is first on the scene when Melanie Cooke’s bruised and strangled body is discovered in Bristol. The evidence points to Melanie’s father being the killer, but Vogel’s on edge. The quick arrest is too easy, too straightforward.


When two new murders are reported, Vogel’s team broaden the search: new evidence suggests that there are three different, deeply disturbed criminals. Any one of them could have killed Melanie, but which one did? Vogel’s team inch towards the answer, never suspecting that the killer is watching them too, waiting for his moment to strike


· A gripping psychological suspense thriller with a white-knuckle conclusion

· The killer’s habits are partly inspired by real-life events from Hilary’s past

· Brings the dark side of Bristol to the fore, and examines the dangers of digital anonymity, hookup cultures, and the blind spots in police procedure

‘Gripping . . . will draw in admirers of Peter James and Val McDermid’ Library Journal


‘Hilary Bonner's secret is that as a top journalist she's been there, seen it close up and asked the crucial questions. She plots with pace, passion and that marvelous ability to keep you turning the pages long after you meant to put out the light’ Peter Lovesey

Hilary Bonner was previously the showbusiness editor of the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mirror. She lives in Somerset with her partner, the actress, Amanda Barrie. She is available for press and events.









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