5 stars – Sarah Stuart
Mia is a cancer survivor still struggling to ditch her medication and care for her four-old-daughter alone, when she faces every woman’s worst nightmare, an internet stalker. “He” claims to be her Number One Fan and Mia, a successful novelist accustomed to such approaches, replies briefly to his first email – a mistake that delights “Him”.
As always with John Nicholl’s inspired psychological thrillers, the killer is hidden from his potential victims in plain sight of readers. Powerless, they can only watch as “His” actions escalate until they rule Mia’s life and threaten her daughter, Isabella. Even their flight to Mia’s parents’ Italian villa leads to tragic failure; “He” is there.
DCI Gravel, affectionately known as Grav, facing a choice of retirement or a desk job, becomes involved when Mia appeals to him as a family friend. How far will he go to help her when his own daughter, Emily, receives a horrific gift from the killer?
Fireworks can cause serious distress to animals. They don’t only suffer psychologically, but also physically as many attempt to run away from, or hide from, the loud bangs. With extreme noise levels and people being able to let off fireworks any time of year, it’s difficult for those who care for animals to protect them.
Around 40% of dogs are fearful of loud noises such as fireworks, meaning thousands of animals’ lives are made a misery by random fireworks, some starting in early October in the run up to Guy Fawkes night and continuing until the following January.
Every year the RSPCA receives hundreds of calls about the terrible effect fireworks are having on animals – not just dogs and cats, but other pets, livestock and wildlife. These animals don’t understand what is causing the loud bangs and bright flashes.
The 2003 Fireworks Act and the 2004 Fireworks Regulations don’t do enough to protect animals. We urgently need a review of fireworks regulations that should consider stronger regulations such as restricting them to certain dates and only selling private use fireworks that have a maximum noise level of 97 decibels could minimise distress to animals.
Please sign the petition. Just click on the picture of my dog, terrified to the point of illness every year until she died at fourteen, or ask at any A&E department why so many children are scarred for life!