Today I would like to share an extract from the book Befriended by Ruth O’Neill. Enjoy 🙂
Publisher – Lulu.com
Genre: Contemporary Thriller
Release date: 05 02 2018
Price*: Kindle £N/A (GBP)/ Paperback £9.99 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Paperback $12.66 (USD)
Pages: ~ 310
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Description of the book: Some secrets never leave us alone. . . Gemma Peacock’s life was perfect – or at least, she thought it was. She had a home she loved, a job she enjoyed, and a husband she adored. The only cloud on the horizon was the continuing tension between Gemma and her mother-in-law, but that’s the same for everyone, right? After the death of her beloved husband, Ritchie, everything begins to fall apart. Indiana Manors’ life, on the other hand, is far from perfect – but she knows just what she has to do to fix it. Befriend Gemma Peacock – and destroy her.
“Oh, poor little Freya.”
She’d heard those four words spoken so often, and they made her blood boil with rage. Poor Freya? What about poor Indiana? What sort of life had she had? Being ignored by her parents in favour of her precious sister. Freya had lorded her deathly illness over Indiana’s pre-school years, and Indiana loathed her for it. Her parents were deluded by her sister, and a little frightened by their younger daughter’s psychological episodes. Yes, at four years old she already knew she had a darkness within her, and she embraced it. There were always negative thoughts scurrying around her head, waiting to be acted out, and she quickly learned that other people didn’t understand how satisfying they were. She learned to conceal her actions and revelled in the pain she could cause.
It could be something as simple as placing a spider near Freya’s pillow just to watch her squirm, unable to get away from it, or grabbing the hammer from her daddy’s toolbox so she could hammer all the ants on the driveway, squashing them into the ground. Seeing the stain of the orangey red liquid on the garden patio felt like Christmas morning to her. Death was her medium – she didn’t see why she shouldn’t embrace it.
Indiana knew she wasn’t like other girls her age. In secondary school, she was a loner, which suited her just fine. Her parents thought it was the unbearable loss of Freya that had made her become insecure and unsociable, but honestly, Indiana preferred it that way. They would tell each of her worried teachers that one day she would come to terms with it, but they were fools. Indiana had never had any thoughts or feelings about Freya. Why should she? What was so bad about having no emotional attachment? She liked it that way. There was no one to interfere with the way she wanted to live her life, no positive or negative influences.
Of course, she could be the perfect daughter and idyllic student – when she wanted to be. There were times when she had to be. Creating a false identity came easily to her. It was fun – a game to be played. And while she might not have had many friends, she was seldom truly alone. Vonny made sure of that.
Vonny was a constant presence in her life: her ally, her confidante, her best friend. She had started out as a constant voice in her head, talking to her, comforting her, suggesting what she could do to keep from being bored or lonely. When she’d first named her, Indiana had had the idea in her head that Vonny was a short form of Veronica, and when she was older, she found out that meant ‘truthful’. It suited her friend; she had never given Indiana any reason to doubt her. Vonny never judged or failed to listen to her, the way other people did. She never made unreasonable demands, or forgot about her, or told her she was strange, or unpleasant.
Indiana grew to love her.
About the author: Ruth O’Neill grew up in the ancient Roman city of Bath England,
a beautiful peaceful city whose locations are often referred to in her first book ‘Sunshine & Tears’. Ruth has always enjoyed helping others and is very committed to her job as a Teaching Assistant where she supports young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities. Ruth has one son and two stepchildren as well as two young grandchildren who now take up a big part of her life.She now lives in Bristol England with her long-term partner.
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