Absent Light by Eve Isherwood

By Eve Isherwood

Helen Powers used to be a scenes of crimes officer for the West Midlands Police. It-s 4 years because the case, regarding the demise of a tender teenage lady, shattered her profession. In an try to rebuild her lifestyles, she now works as a portrait photographer. however the prior isn't really so simply left at the back of- After a sequence of inexplicable and cruel assaults on her, Helen fears that somebody is out to take revenge. For Helen, even though, it is just the beginning of whatever extra own and sinister. desirous to confront her demons and redeem herself within the face of a powerful adversary, Helen speedily reveals that neither time nor the weather are on her side...

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She screamed. He said nothing. Just stood there with his lop-sided smile. “Please, Adam, please…” “It’s all right,” he said soothingly. “She’s in here. She’s not really dead. ” Heart in her throat, Helen followed him down a dark corridor into a small, windowless room. A pile of clothes lay in a corner. She knew the body was underneath. “Go on,” he said encouragingly. ” She nodded, as if in a dream, crossed the room, drew back the clothing, saw the face. Her face. “Christ Almighty,” Helen sat up and switched on the light.

Harmon flashed him an exasperated look. “It was useless, I’m afraid,” she told Helen. ” “The tape was in, all right,” Harmon said, “but it had been used that many times, the quality was awful. ” Helen wasn’t that surprised. In spite of the searing clarity in high profile locations, the general quality of CCTV was so poor you’d have a hard time recognising your own parents on most footage. “A bloody outrage,” her father growled. “I can see where you’re coming from,” Wylie said stiffly. Actually, he had no idea, Helen thought, mildly amused, as her father blistered on about incompetence, accountability and the need to catch the bastard.

This wasn’t a courtesy call: it was a kiss-off. And, actually, she didn’t really care. She just wanted to forget all about it and get on with her life. She looked across the room. Her mother’s eyes were rheumy with booze and emotion. Her hands were shaking, and she was twisting a small lace handkerchief round and round her fingers. Helen could see the knuckles gleaming shiny and white. “That’s it then,” her father said, in a clipped voice. He got to his feet, indicating that the interview was 34 over.

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