One Night by Malla Duncan

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What frightens you? Really? Casey Blaydon is about to find out. Still smarting from the breakup with her boyfriend, she finds herself alone and looking after a friend's dog for one night. But Barton cottage is lonely and nothing has prepared Casey for the events that are about to converge on her doorstep - events which unleash a terrifying mystery that follows her home like a shadow. One Night is a full-length, high tension contemporary murder mystery suspense thriller.

“The loudest sound was my breathing, it outplayed the crunch of my feet on the gravel. It was like driving on a dark road with only the short space ahead of you lit up by the headlights. Beyond that was a disorientating void of dark matter; the ground could sway to vertical and I would still be running. The lonely dark made its own terror. Should I have rather faced the intruder in the warm light of the cottage? Out here, I was an isolated speck in the black night, vulnerable and traceable as a firefly.
I pulled into the bank of trees to the side of the road and switched off the torch. There was a dank silence. The smell of damp soil and autumnal leaves was overlaid by the sharp tang of resin. In daylight this would have been a green wood, patched by the skylight shafts of sunlight. Now it exuded a deathly hush. Trees were defined in crooked black lines in navy depths, branches stretched in spidery ambush; all the mystery of the woods after dark: the legends of Sleepy Hollow, the werewolf and the vampire.”

About Malla Duncan

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Published November 19, 2013 229 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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