Life Ruins Excerpt

Kay reflects on a phone call with Becca

Kay looked at the silent phone and grimaced. It was typical of Becca to begin her conversation with an announcement she was giving up her job and end it abruptly as she raced off to work to find out what was happening. But she was safe, that was the main thing.  

Kay returned to the news. There was more information about the girl now. It was an assault, and the girl had been hurt – badly hurt. Police described the attack as ‘sickening,’ strong language for people who grew all too familiar with the worst one person could do to another. There was nothing about her identity – either the police didn’t know or they weren’t releasing it. 

It wasn’t Becca – but it could easily be another girl like Becca – there were too many out there on the streets, with indifferent or hostile homes, lonely and vulnerable. Becca had been doing well – until something had stopped her in her tracks. Maybe she’d remember she trusted Kay and tell her, but until then… Well, at least Becca was safe, or as safe as she ever was, but one girl was not. 

The sad truth was there were too many candidates in the Bridlington area to be the victim of this particular crime. It was inevitable if you had a policy of flooding the poorer coastal towns with the troubled, the homeless and the dispossessed. 

If you populate an area with prey, the predators will not be far behind.

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About the Author – Danuta Kot

Danuta Kot (who also writes as Danuta Reah and as Carla Banks) grew up with stories. Her Irish mother and her Polish father kept their own cultures alive with traditional tales they shared with their children. For many years, she worked with young people in Yorkshire who were growing up in the aftermath of sudden industrial decline. She uses this background in her books to explore some of the issues that confront modern, urban society: poverty, alienation and social breakdown, using the contexts of the modern crime novel. She now works as a senior education consultant, work that involves travel to establish education and training in other parts of the world. She is a regular academic speaker at conferences and literary festivals and has appeared on radio and television.

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