Not until she was 16 did Stella Arnold learn the full truth about her father, how handsome, charming James turned out to be a cold-blooded, psychotic extortionist, racketeer and killer. Knowing now what her father was capable of, she decides to study psychology and the criminal mind, and to further her education in America. In the spring of 1962 she flies to Boston where, being beautiful, bright and fashionably English, she becomes someone of huge fascination and on every invitation list. Then comes an invitation one summer weekend to the home of the Kennedys. Stella quickly becomes part of the inner Kennedy circle as they party through the hot summer nights. Both brothers, JFK and Bobby, make their moves on her but she firmly, charmingly, repels them. Further south, on the Florida Keys, a killer is on the loose. The case, unsolved, begins to rock America, and with her specialist knowledge of psychopaths, Stella is co-opted by the police investigation and prepares to fly south…
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy to review .
I was not sure what to expect when I received this as I haven’t read any of his writing and to say I was reading the unexpected was a understatement. Even the cover gives you a different feel of what the book will include .I was expecting a light read with some romance and fell into a world of the Kennedys ,America,crime and a psychological thriller .
I loved the character Stella she is headstrong and has a great mind especially in the area she knows !
We get a glimpse into the mind of a serial killer and this becomes a game of cat and mouse hunting the killer down which is helped mainly due to Stella and her insight.
This is a brilliant gripping read and as Richard said in one of his tweets the book took off on his own journey.
The description of the location was fantastic and as I was reading it on a grimy London bus I was transported to the hot florida keys..
I am looking forward to reading his other books.