One summer. One stranger. One killer…
Two bad things happened that summer:
A stranger arrived. And the first girl disappeared.
In the wake of the crime that rocked her community, Felicity fled, knowing more than she let on.
But sixteen years later, her new life is shattered by the news that a second girl has gone missing in her hometown.
Now Felicity must go back, to face the truth about what happened all those years ago.
Only she holds the answers – and they’re more shocking than anyone could imagine.
The heatwave is back. And so is the killer.
At dinner that night, Jasmine’s parents talked about the group they usually went away with for the summer holidays. Guyana had been picked as their destination this year. Jasmine had never been there before. It was never much of a holiday for her family, if she was honest, as they went to do charitable work in underprivileged communities. Both of her parents saved up their annual leave and they usually stayed for several weeks and helped with the completion of a charity project – they’d been every year since before Jasmine was born. This year they couldn’t go, though, because her father had had hip replacement surgery earlier that summer and the doctor had advised against a long-haul flight. Jasmine knew he was devastated to cause them to miss their trip. He had always been so active and full of energy that she felt sorry for him. He had spent several months in pain before finally conceding to going in for the operation and his posture hadn’t seemed to have recovered. It hadn’t helped that he had a fear of hospitals that they didn’t really talk about, something from his childhood that had left an emotional scar. This was the first time she had really considered his age; seen the way his stature had changed in just the last year. He wasn’t a tall man to begin with and he had lost a little weight so it seemed he’d almost shrunk somehow.
‘How’s your drama club going? What’s the big play that you’re doing this year?’ Frank said, asking the obligatory parental questions about her interests.
‘Drama is going well. I might even get a part in the college production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this year, what with us not going away. Lots of rehearsals going on over the summer.’
‘Oh, that’s exciting,’ her mother said in a way that made Jasmine think she wasn’t particularly excited at all. They loved travelling all over the globe and this would be the first summer that Jasmine could remember staying at home. She could tell both her parents were deeply disappointed about this.
‘Because I’m here for the rehearsals over the summer, Miss Cotterel said I should audition for the role of Titania, the fairy queen. I said I would happily help with the set design as well. The production isn’t until Christmas but because I already have a place on the drama A Level I can attend the auditions in August,’ Jasmine said, rubbing it in a little. Normally Jasmine’s interests came last. Not this time though; this time she could do all the summery things that had been denied to her in previous years. She knew her friend Felicity was jealous of all the places she had been and all the experiences she had had, yet she had prayed something would happen to stop them from travelling. She felt responsible for her father getting sick, as if his illness was somehow a manifestation of her resentful thoughts.