The Penance List (The David Trilogy Book 1) by Siobhan C. Cunningham
This one comes with a warning – a steamy suspense-ridden psychological thriller – think Silence of the Lambs meets 50 Shades and hold on tight! S C Cunningham writes with a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes. Grab a glass of wine, close the bedroom door and read alone!
What happens when opposites attract – when a scorned childhood sweetheart grows into a gorgeous sexual tour de force – when a fun-loving career girl, her racy girlfriends and insatiable lovers get caught in his revenge – when sex becomes a weapon, hearts become bait and straight tastes gay – when hi-flying careers, clandestine affairs, and wannabe starlets are hunted by celebrity-hungry press? Obsession, kidnap, murder… and he’s just getting started!
He stared down at her, studying her reaction as if a rat in a science lab. With cold, calm, knowing, he gave a gentle nod of his head and smiled. She’d guessed right. Her mind raced, the realization of what he had in mind pumped sobering adrenaline through her body…
Tara loves her job in advertising and is in a bit of a dry spell in her love life. She is the one who organizes the photo shoots, not the one in the photos, but the very private, and sexy, Italian football star, Franco Rossellini, has other ideas. Her brief, clandestine, and very hot, tutorial teaching Franco how to relax in front of the camera has convinced him that he wants Tara in the photo shoot with him instead of the highly-paid model. Little did they know this would carry dangerous and painful consequences for them both.
David has loved her forever. She was the only one who was kind to him when he needed it most, but when he professed his love in a letter so many years ago, she turned him down and broke his already battered heart. The time has come. She must pay like the rest.
In the first of the David Trilogy, Cunningham’s characters are gradually developed by transitioning between past and present. I’m not usually a fan of this type of storytelling, but it worked in this instance. The inner turmoil in the characters (especially the protagonist) is intense and keeps the reader engaged and rushing to read the next chapter. This is a riveting psychological thriller that lures you in slowly and stuns you at the end. Book 2 here I come. Be warned that this book contains graphic and disturbing scenes.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
British Crime Investigator & Crime Writer, Siobhan C Cunningham creates steamy psychological thrillers and kick-ass paranormal romance with a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour, and pulsating sex scenes. Having worked in the very industries she writes about, her novels offer a fresh level of sincerity and authority, rare in fiction.
An ex-model, British born of Irish roots, she married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of music, film, sports celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator for the British Police (Wanted & Absconder Unit, Major Crime Team, Intelligence Analyst, Investigations Hub).
Abducted as a child, she survived; and every night for months afterward, she prayed to God, asking for a deal. This personal journey sparked the fuse behind the intriguing and riveting fictional world she portrays in The Fallen Angel Series. Twenty years later she crossed paths with a violent serial attacker who haunted the streets of London, the seed for The David Trilogy was sown, book one is The Penance List, and has been adapted to film screenplay.
She is the proud mother of contemporary Artist Scarlett Raven and is owned by three dogs.
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