In late summer, sixteen-year-old Dan and his recently divorced mother head to a Norfolk seaside town’s holiday park for a vacation.
Shy Dan soon strikes up a friendship with a girl of his age, quirky and pretty Charlie, and his mother is swept off her feet by a suave local property developer.
Yet a shadow is cast over their stay when one of the camp attendants, Mia, goes missing. And things go from bad to worse when her body turns up near the town’s derelict lido.
Charlie draws Dan into her efforts to discover the truth about Mia’s death. But as the locals close ranks, cracks begin to show in their new friendships, and he’ll soon find himself in deep water.
This could turn out to be a holiday that mother and son will remember for all the wrong reasons, if they survive.
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STILL WATERS RUN is set in Seagrave, the same seaside location as my debut novel, DON'T GO BACK. It takes place in 1985 over the course of a week as Jude and her sixteen-year-old son Dan go to stay at the Holidaze holiday camp. There, Dan meets Charlie - a pretty fellow teenager with a keen interest in photography - and Jude meets Paul, a local real estate developer. When a local woman goes missing, all four of them are drawn into a tangled web of mystery that leads to murder.
I started writing this last November (just after I'd signed the initial deal with The Book Folks) and, once again, it was plotted out with my good friend David Roberts on our Friday Night Walks.