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Nameless Acts of Cruelty

US Publisher: Scarlet/ Penzler Publishers

Decades after the loss of his younger sister, a man haunted by horrific memories returns to the sleepy English village where she died.

Jeremy Horton is a man denying his past, haunted by a dysfunctional childhood full of dark secrets―including the suspicious death of his younger sister.

Married to lawyer Sarah and with children of his own, Jeremy keeps his eyes firmly focused on the present, never daring to glance in the rear-view mirror for fear of what he might see there. But when a chance encounter awakens the memories he’s fought so hard to suppress, and the death of his estranged mother takes Jeremy back to his sleepy hometown and the scene of the family tragedy, he determines to finally uncover the truth behind his sister’s death.

Villages hold long memories, and Jeremy’s presence quickly becomes an unwelcome reminder of nameless cruelties and shameful secrets. The more he learns, the more the stories from his past take on a sinister significance, leading him to question his own innocence. Meanwhile, someone desperately wants him gone, and their efforts to drive him out escalate as Jeremy’s anxiety spirals out of control. Do they fear him for what he knows―or for what he’s done?

Julie Cameron was born and lives in the UK. She studied Biomedical Sciences at university and has worked as both...