All the Pretty Bones
(The Hunted Book 1)
(The Hunted Book 1)
by Camela Thompson
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After ten years of living in the shadow of her stalker, a diagnosis of terminal cancer pushes Olivia Kardos to take matters into her own hands. Her final days will not be spent isolated from the world nor hiding like a hunted animal. It’s time for Mark Porter to die. Going against a trained killer alone would be foolish, but the handsome arms dealer who offers to help her has a dark secret of his own.
Homicide Detective Sean Howard has tried to push his ex out of his mind, but his next case brings her crashing back into his life. A woman is found exsanguinated and brutally stabbed in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood and she could be Olivia’s doppelganger. As more women are murdered and the similarities grow, Sean can’t shake the feeling that Olivia is next.
In a world where demons and vampires lurk just beneath the surface, what you don’t know can kill you.
Mark was a driving force in her life. He was the reason she had chosen her apartment, ordered groceries and clothes online, and had no friends. Mark had isolated her and stripped every little bit of happiness from her life, one piece at a time. Knowing what little she had left was about to expire produced a stark clarity her life had been lacking.
She had allowed him to take everything from her.
There were decisions to be made. How would she choose to live out her remaining months? Olivia had called the Human Resources administrator the day before, after her doctor's appointment, and informed the woman she was never returning to work. There was no point wasting one more moment in the office. She was leaving no kin behind, so no one would be saddled with debt that racked up during hospice care or for a funeral. She had enough money saved to spend the rest of her time on a tropical island or jumping from country to country so Mark couldn't find her.
No. She couldn't do that. The impulse to run didn't sit well with her. Besides, somehow he always found her.
Her grandmother's words came back to her in a rush, and the way was suddenly clear. She knew what she had to do.
She had to kill Mark Porter.
Praise for the Book
"I wasn't prepared however for how much I would love it. I only put it down when I had to. I'm taking, I was reading while stirring the pasta for dinner. The author sucked me in completely. I loved the world. Everything about it felt unbelievably real and close."
"Ms. Thompson crafts a thrilling story. One that will pull you in with rich description, the poignant journey of a woman whose life is ending, and the desire of those around her to help, despite Olivia's need to protect all of those around her."
From the Author
When I was a little girl, I loved writing stories about animals doing amazing things. Ducks could speak with humans, and hamsters had a suspicious tendency to follow plot lines that were strikingly similar to Indiana Jones. I grew up, found a career, and got married, forgetting the need to tell stories. A week cooped up in my house with an illness resulted in a random decision to write a novel. That first novel will probably never see the light of day, but it woke up something that had been dormant for years.
Despite dabbling in many genres, there is a driving force behind my stories. I love writing about women who shine in difficult circumstances. I will back them up against the wall and sit amazed as they manage to come out on the other side stronger than ever.