Arlo is recovering from a car accident he was in with his mum. After waking from a coma, his memories are patchy, and he is struggling to remember his past.
One morning, his dog finds a severed foot in a rock pool on the beach. A woman appears, offering to take care of everything. Staying in the Bathing House on the cliffs nearby, she has come to find a girl who has disappeared from a local orphanage. Making a deal with Arlo, she persuades him to find out more about the missing girl, uncovering a trail of uncomfortable family secrets, and sinister events.
Who is this mysterious woman, and why is she so interested in the missing girl?
The more Arlo digs, the more he discovers about his family’s past. Each unfolding secret bringing him closer to a disturbing truth, and the price they must pay for the deal.
Shortlisted in the Northern Writers' Awards 2021
Aoife’s father has disappeared and she is desperate to find him. Since his disappearance and her nan’s death, Aoife’s mother’s life has spiralled into despair. They live with a monster who controls their lives, abuses them, involving others in the abuse. But Aoife has a book of fairy tales - a link to the past when she was happy and safe. She is convinced the stories are her salvation, the key to escaping, and finding her father.
After reading the book, a mysterious forest and creature appear. The creature promises her there is someone in the forest who can help find her father, but something stands in her way - the monster living at home. Will Aoife enter the forest? Will she find her father, and be reunited with him again?
(The Gaia Series Book 1)
The old world has gone. All that remains is the community - a harsh, brutal, primitive regime that governs through control and fear. Gaia is one of the young, trapped on an island off the coast of Northumberland. Gaia longs to escape before ‘becoming’ - the time when she is forced to serve the society she despises. Time is running out but hope arrives with Aran. He offers escape, freedom, a new life. This is Gaia’s last chance.
Can she find her own destiny? Who will she become?
(The Gaia Series Book 2)
Winter is here and Gaia is being held prisoner by The Community at a village deep in the Northumberland hills. The villagers are stranded, surrounded by thick snow and mutant creatures that roam the frozen wasteland outside. Gaia is to be taken to The Haven; the centre of The Community, to learn her fate. The journey will be perilous and fraught with dangers, both old and new. Gaia’s epic adventure continues. Each step will lead to her Awakening. Will she reach her destination? Will she learn the truth?
In the eye of the storm they are watching…
A fierce storm envelopes a fishing village in Northumberland, and a ship the ‘Embla’ is wrecked on nearby rocks. The morning after, ‘Big’ Philip Jefferson, the lifeboat coxswain finds a young girl naked, and alive on the beach. Phil and his wife Mary take care of the girl, vowing to help her return home once the storm has ended. The girl is silent, mysterious, and some in the village are unsettled by her presence. When young men begin to disappear the suspicions grow and whispers spread. Tension mounts as more sinister events unfold, and the community becomes paranoid and divided. Who is this stranger? What is happening to the village? One man is determined to find the truth.