‘Secret Places’, the latest novel from author Heather Peck puts us smack bang in the middle of the grey area in a troubled woman’s mind.
Goat farmer, cheese maker and weaver Tristan Smith is working on her North Yorkshire smallholding when a chance visit by archaeologists exposes a skeleton in an abandoned WW2 bunker. But it’s not a wartime casualty.
Tristan becomes involved in the search for the truth about her predecessors, as DI Greg Geldard follows a trail from North Yorkshire to the Norfolk Broads. He is seeking justice for a long-dead victim; but another casualty is hunting for a new life and a safe place to start again.
Peck knows how to put readers on edge whilst maintaining some mystery right up until she is ready to reveal secrets that drive this story along. Secret Places feels part detective thriller and part PTSD. Tristan is for the most part a likable character but she also has a dark side, which could be triggered when her freedom is threatened.
This isn’t a long read and will keep readers gripped until its conclusion.
Secret Places by Heather Peck is out now on e-book platforms and paperback.