Friday, August 3, 2018

There’s nowhere safe for me

Michael drew closer and kissed her forehead. She moaned softly, her eyes brightening. Perhaps she was wondering what it would be like to encircle his neck with her hands and kiss him back. 
Then all of a sudden, Ash lifted her arms to his shoulders. He stroked them gently, all the way up to her wrists. Goosebumps were pebbling on her skin and his. 
“Don’t stop,” she whispered.
“Sweetheart,” he murmured back, “you’re in a safe place now, here with me.” 
“I want to believe it.”
In place of a reply, he reached for her hand. Her palm felt good in his fingers, it felt warm and oh so soft, and he found himself aroused. She lifted her face to him. Coming closer, he took in the fragrance of her hair. Their kiss lasted no more than a second, a light touch of his lips brushing back then forth across hers, before he eased away.
Then she said, “What happened to this girl tells me to use caution. There’s nowhere safe for me.” 
“I’ll protect you.” 
“You can’t. You weren’t there last time.”
Ash got up to her feet and ever so gently, combed through his hair with her fingers.
She opened the door to get out. “The only way I can imagine being out of trouble is not by your promise, but by mine. One day I’m going to remember who he is, just like Lace did. And when I do, I’m going to kill him.” 

What is this novel about, you ask?

Haunted by the memory of Lace, a beautiful dancer whose throat has been slit, Michael sets out to create a virtual reality simulation of her murder. Can he bring the mystery to life? Can he solve its clues in time, before the killer turns on the woman he loves, Ashley?
Suffering memory loss due to a horrific incident in her own past, Ash is unable to identify her attacker. Despite the persistent fear, she puts her life in danger. In a nail-biting twist, she draws out the man who killed Lace, so as to avenge her murder. 
Meanwhile, the cops treat Michael as their prime suspect for the crime. The only reason they haven’t arrested him yet is an urgent call for their assistance in a rescue, as Laguna Beach is engulfed in flames. On his way back to the murder scene, will Michael manage to slip away from them and save his sweetheart, before it’s too late? And will he get the murderer?

Virtually Lace

(Volume I of High-Tech Crime Solvers)

Paperback  Hardcover


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