Fire Damage  by Kate Medina
(HarperCollins, 2016)

Fire Damage

by Kate Medina

The first in an exciting new crime series featuring psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn – a brilliantly complex character who struggles with a dark past of her own. Perfect for fans of Nicci French and Val McDermid.

‘The girl knows,’ he whispered…

Four-year-old Sami is deeply traumatised, and it’s up to psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn to unlock his terrifying memories. She needs to find out who ‘the girl’ is – but nothing can prepare her for the truth about what haunts him.

Meanwhile, Jessie’s former patient, Captain Ben Callan, is investigating the suspicious death of an officer in Afghanistan – the problem is the only suspect refuses to talk.

When a dead body washes up on a Sussex beach, Jessie and Ben’s cases converge. Soon it’s clear that the mystery in Afghanistan began with a secret much closer to home. And a desperate killer will do anything to keep it buried…

Praise for Fire Damage:

Medina demonstrates that she’s a considerable find” - Independent

Psychologist Jessie Flynn is set to become a major star in the world of crime fiction. She’s as fascinating and complex as the cases she solves. Fire Damage will leave you hungry for the next book in this superb series” - Kate Rhodes

Jessie Flynn is an utterly compelling character, the icing on the cake of what is a refreshingly different and very gripping thriller. I really look forward to the next one” - Louise Voss

From the chilling opening scene where a traumatised child warns of The Shadowman, Fire Damage seizes you by the throat and doesn’t let go. Complex, tense and utterly addictive, this is powerful, gutsy storytelling which plunges the reader deep into the darkest recesses of the human psyche” - Tammy Cohen

Reviews

Excellent start to a new series”
- S Magazine, Sunday Express
It comes as no surprise that Medina has created a character of density and intricacy in Flynn. May the series prosper”
- Daily Mail
A tense and pacy thriller, 4 stars”
- The Sun
Medina demonstrates that she's a considerable find”
- Independent
[Medina] writes about the horrifying consequences of war from the standpoint of a clear-eyed by sympathetic insider”
- Sunday Times
If psychological thrillers are your bag, then look no further than Fire Damage ... Tense and hard to put down”
- Closer
A haunting thriller”
- Grazia
An absorbing and convincing thriller ... An author who consistently delivers taut, believable and unsettlingly compelling novels”
- Sunday Herald
Gripping”
- Literary Review
A thrilling new crime series”
- Woman and Home