Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy and BLOODHOUD BOOKS for inviting me to take part on the BLOG TOUR for Norman M. Brown’s GIRL ON A BUS
A retired detective and a young woman are about to face their worst fears.
Vicki Reiner is emotionally isolated and craves the fleeting happiness she experienced in the years prior to her college graduation. In an attempt to recapture this, she invites her former friend and room-mate, Laurie, for a break at her deserted beachside home. However, despite booking an online bus ticket, her friend never shows up and seems to have vanished.
Unable to accept the bizarre circumstances of the disappearance, Vicki approaches the police who dismiss her concerns before enlisting the reluctant help of Leighton Jones – a newly retired detective who is haunted by the death of his teenage daughter. Despite trying to remain detached from the case, Leighton is drawn to Vicki and her search for justice.
The unlikely pair face numerous obstacles but using a combination of methods he and Vicki track the killers who are working across the dusty freeways of North America.
Soon Vicki and Leighton find themselves nervously waiting at a remote bus stop expecting the arrival of the bus.
Will they ever discover what happened to Laurie?
And can they both escape with their lives?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
OMG where have you been Norman M Brown because you wore my goose bumps out!Well I wasn’t expecting that! What a cracking story from the beginning and throughout to the very end. My bucket list has well and truly gone out of the window as far as one of my adventures I had planned for America goes! I was over whelmed with a sense of doom from the very beginning and it just got worse with every page. This author has captured evil at its purest so it can look a victim in their eye and smile while draining the life out of them way before they are dead because first it takes their hope. This really is good.
I adored retired Detective Leighton Jones, what a super character that needed to find a purpose in life again which actually comes in the form of Vicki Reiner. Vicki comes from a family of money with a mother that has emotionally crushed her lovely daughter leaving her with little confidence and a lack of self worth. So when after inviting her old college friend Laura, to come and stay with her a while, Laura gets on a bus and never arrives at Vicki’s. Now Vicki is determined to find out what has happened to her friend hence the unlikely alliance between her and Leighton. What a super team. I found myself at first shouting at Leighton ‘Listen to her’ but then when he began to listen I was shouting ‘Don’t listen to her.’ Boy this is tense.!
There are some pretty wicked characters in this story and not all of them use public transport, some come in suits and wear badges how they made my blood boil but the most memorable strong character has to be Vicki’s mum wow she really is Queen bee with an influential sting in the tail. You really must read this book. Wow bloody Wow!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Norman M. Brown is an author living and working in Scotland. He attended secondary school in Stirling where he spent more time in the library or in the nearby park with a paperback, than he did in classes… Ironically, having graduated from Stirling University with a degree in English, he soon ended up back on the classroom again – where he has shared his love of fiction for two decades.