Paul McAdam wakes up with a strange girl in his bed, with no idea who she is or where she came from.

Cat Taylor worms her way into Paul’s life, eventually moving into his flat. The arrangement suits Paul quite well until he meets Anita Fairfax, the love of his life and the girl he wishes to marry. Cat has to go, but Paul finds that she is not interested in moving out.

When Cat is found dead in Paul’s flat, he’s the #1 suspect, even though there’s not a shred of evidence. Anita and Paul are happily married, but she soon begins to wonder whether her new husband could have been Cat’s killer all along.


My Thoughts:

As I finish this book, I sit and ponder. I am struggling with a rating. It was written very well and told through the first person of the two main characters, Paul, and Anita. So, you may ask what is the problem then? But before I answer that question, let me say the reason I couldn’t put it down was that it’s written in a way that I wanted to read more. First, you hear Paul’s thoughts surrounding his life and then you hear Anita’s side of things. It’s very hard to decide whose side you are on as both characters have good reasons to feel the way they do. I will say at this point that Stevie does a great job of introducing new facts which makes the reader wonder which way the plot will go. Should the relationship continue or should it end? For me, I had to keep reading to find out how the author decided it should be. I have to say that I disagree with how it ended. I guess you will have to read it to decide for yourself.

After having said that, the ending is not why I was struggling with the rating because the story is terrific and is definitely a 5-star plot. However, the reason I wanted to close the book and move on was the language used throughout the book. I guess that I just can’t wrap my brain around the use of abusive language. I am not saying that a book shouldn’t have curse words because that is part of real life. However, there is way too much in this particular story. For that part of the writing, I give it a 3-star. So I decided to average it and give this book a 4-star.


Author Biography From Amazon

I began my writing career as far back as 1969, when I won an inter-schools’ writing competition after submitting a well-thumbed and hastily scribbled essay entitled ‘My Pet’. A love of words and writing short stories and poems has carried on all throughout my life, but it is only now in middle age that I’ve started writing novels full-time and taking this author business seriously.

So far I have published 8 novels, 4 novellas, and a collection of 18 short stories (Life) relating to significant life events. My novels are realistic, but tend to shy away from the mainstream somewhat and focus on the darker side of relationships. However, you’ll find I do like to add in a little bit of humour along the way.

My third novel ‘A House Without Windows’ was chosen as a medal winner in the New Apple Book Awards 2014 Suspense/Thriller category, and in late 2015 it won a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award. An excerpt from my latest creation ‘Repent at Leisure’ made the shortlist for the Escalator Writing Competition in April 2016.

I have also recently branched out into the world of audio books. ‘The Daughter-in-law Syndrome’, ‘A House Without Windows’, ‘No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!’, ‘The Noise Effect’, and ‘A Rather Unusual Romance’ are available for purchase, and the rest are currently in production.

So here I am in the late summer of my life, and the words are tumbling out of my head. Living for more than a few years has given me plenty of subject matter to write about, and I look forward to sharing quite a lot of it with you.

Happy Reading everyone and Don’t forget to:

“Live, Love, Laugh and by all means READ!”