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…


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
- Literary Review