He took his dark secrets and lies to his grave…
Fiona keeps herself to herself – it is safer that way. She allows few people to get close, having learned the hard way that most have their own agendas.
Lowering her barriers and trusting her husband Rob, is a decision she has reason to regret. His indiscretions were coming to light even before the news of his hit and run killing one summer afternoon.
In the aftermath, blame and hostility is shown to her by many. The relationship with her mother is unravelling and she has shut herself away from any friends she once had. Who can she turn to? Who will believe her? Other than her son Jack and her father, there is nobody she can count on.
Can Fiona stay away from her oldest and most faithful friend, the bottle? Or is her life as over as her husband’s?
Only the truth of Rob’s untimely death can decide that.
Hit and Run is one of those stories that has you hooked from the very first page. As we delve in to the life of Fiona, it is immediately apparent that she is a woman who has faced some rather challenging, life changing experiences that have made her the woman she is today. She keeps things to herself with the knowledge that if she doesn’t allow anyone close to her, then they don’t have the ammunition required to hurt her.
Then she meets Rob, and for the first time in years she begins to let her guard down and opens up her heart to the possibility of finding her happy ever after. But her new found paradise is relatively short lived, as various indiscretions on Rob’s part are brought to light, leaving Fiona unsure of how to move forward with their lives.
Unfortunately for Fiona, that is merely the tip of the iceberg. When Rob is killed in a tragic hit-and-run incident, Fiona is left devastated. In the midst of her grief, further indiscretions of her late husbands begin to surface, and Fiona is left wondering whether she knew him at all, or whether their entire marriage was a lie. To make this already horrendous situation worse, friends and various other acquaintances of hers become cold and hostile towards her, even her own mother begins to shut her out of her life. With only her son Jack and her father on her side, how can she possibly move forward from this?.
I found myself reading this utterly engrossing read right in to the early hours of the morning as i became lost in the world in which Maria Frankland creates. The characters are well fleshed out and each possess their own flaws, something that ultimately makes them all the more relatable to the readers. I found Fiona’s ongoing struggle with Alcohol rather hard to read at times, but that is in no way a criticism as I believe this really highlights the hold that alcohol can have over a person, and the struggle to stay away from something that clearly brings her much comfort is evident throughout.
With a brilliant storyline, packed full of twists and turns and high drama – this is a fantastic read that I am certain others will find equally as captivating as I did.
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About the Author
Maria Frankland’s life began at 40 when she escaped an unhappy marriage and began making a living from her own writing and becoming a teacher of creative writing.
The rich tapestry of life with all its turbulent times has enabled her to pour experience, angst and lessons learned into the writing of her novels and poetry.
She recognises that the darkest places can exist within family relationships and this is reflected in the domestic thrillers she writes.
She is a ‘born ‘n’ bred’ Yorkshirewoman, a mother of two and has recently found her own ‘happy ever after’ after marrying again.
Still in her forties, she is now going to dedicate the rest of her working life to writing books and inspiring other writers to also achieve their dreams too!