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Where There’s Smoke by Simon Beckett 

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Inside the room it is even darker. It is like walking in ink. Blind, she feels her way through the half-familiar landmarks of beds and bookshelves. Her heart thuds. Blood from the wound is sticky, and at her touch there is a white leap of pain that lighten’s the darkness. She hears the footsteps now, drawing closer….

Meet Kate Powell. She is successful, single, and likes to be in control. But lately her life has begun to feel a little shallow, a little meaningless.

Aware that her body clock is ticking, Kate believes that she knows how to fix her problems. She wants a child.

Unable to imagine never meeting her baby’s father, Kate advertises for a donor. Alex Turner appears to be the perfect match.

But appearances can be dangerously deceptive…