Lesley was born in 1958 and grew up in West London. Lesley graduated from Brighton University in 1981 and moved to Australia a year after. Lesley returned to London some time later and did several jobs to support her writing. This included working for one of the first internet companies in the UK. Lesley lives in East Sussex with her partner and her poodle.
Her first novel, A Kind Of Vanishing won The People’s Book Prize in 2010. Her second novel, The Detective’s Daughter was number 1 bestseller and sold over 500,000 copies.
Lesley has also written:
- The Detective’s Daughter
- Ghost Girl
- The Detective’s Secret
- The House With No Rooms
Information about book
‘A haunted house, a broken family and a body that has never been found, Stella and Jack must reawaken the secrets of the past in order to solve the mysteries of the present.
January 1987. In the depths of winter, only joggers and dog walkers brave the Thames towpath after dark. Helen Honeysett, a young newlywed, sets off for an evening run from her riverside cottage, only her dog returns.
Twenty nine years later, her husband asks Stella Darnell, a private detective, and her side-kick Jack Harmon, to find out what happened all those years ago.
But when the five households on that desolate stretch of towpath refuse to give up their secrets, Stella and Jack find themselves hunting a killer whose trail has long gone cold…….’
Extract from book
“‘Adam’s file’s not comprehensive,’ Stella remarked. ‘I think he cobbled it together for our meeting. That’s what I really think is odd. Why didn’t he keep track along the way?’ Stanley stopped circling and, pulling on his lead, snouted along the towpath, ‘Lucie May covered it – maybe we should contact her. There won’t be gaps in her file.’
Stella only found out after Terry Darnell’s death that Lucie May had had an affair with him. Lucie made no secret of resenting ‘Darnell’s daughter’ for his putting her first. Stella never expressed a view on Lucie, but had been irritated when Jack had consulted her about one of their investigations without discussing it with her. Since then Stella had done the same. Not from revenge; she didn’t work that way. However, proposing that they involve May so early in a case was new”
This is the first time I have read a book my Lesley. Initially, the first few chapters I struggled to work out what was going on with the story and was confused, but once I got through those difficult chapters, oh boy, was it a compulsive read and one that I struggled to put down. Lesley certainly had my full and undivided attention which meant for once my husband had to take charge of looking after the children over the weekend because I just had to finish the book and could not leave it.
If you are a crime fan, Lesley is one author that must be in your collection of books to read. Again, I feel this story would convert very well on to a TV series as the story is gripping and leaves you throughout guessing “who done it”. Throughout the story, my mind continued to change as to what happened and who was involved which is always a good sign of a good crime book. This is one book I would recommend for your reading list.
On my pile of books to read is The Detective’s Daughter, which I will of course review for my blog – so stay tuned……………
Lesley Thomson website is available here.
A copy of the book is available here.
I would like to thank Head of Zeus and Lesley Thomson