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Release Blitz~ Hell To Pay by Jenny Thomson

HELL TO PAY

Author: Jenny Thomson

Series: Crimes Files Book #1

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Release Date: April 28th 2015

Genre: Mystery | Thriller

✢ SYNOPSIS ✢

Nancy Kerr refuses to be a victim—even when she walks in on her parents’ killers and is raped and left for dead… 

Fourteen months later, Nancy wakes up in a psychiatric hospital with no knowledge of how she got there. 

Slowly, her memory starts to return. 

Released from the institution, she has just one thing on her mind—two men brought hell to her family home. 

Now they’re in for some hell of their own… 

Hell To Pay is Book One is a Series.

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✢  EXCERPT ✢  

Chapter 1

I’m cold,

colder than I’ve ever been in my entire life and I don’t know why. Slowly,

I open my eyes, tentatively at first because even opening them a fraction

feels like someone’s shoving red-hot pins into them. The light is so

bright.

What’s with

the light anyway?

Has Michael

wandered in, blootered on some poncy new beer and left the light on, after

collapsing in a heap onto the bed?  I’ll brain him if he has. I’m no good

to anyone when I don’t get my eight hours.

Pulling myself

up in bed, I reach out my arm to nudge him awake so I can give him a right

mouthful. My hand finds empty space.

Where is he?

My eyes sting

as I prise them open – it’s as though there’s been an accident with false lashes

and I’ve glued my eyelashes together – and that’s when I realise I’m not in

our flat. The reason I’m freezing is because I’m wearing a tracing paper

thin hospital gown: the kind that shows off your backside when you’re

being whisked off to x-ray.

A tidal wave

of panic hits me and I jerk into full consciousness.

What’s

happened to me?

I try to

remember, but my brain’s all bunged up as if the top of my head’s been removed

and the cavity filled with cotton wool.

My arms are

bandaged up. Have I been in an accident?  If I have, I don’t

remember. 

Maybe I hit my

head. 

I take in my

surroundings. If I’m in hospital, it’s no ordinary one. For one thing, my room’s

more like a cell. There’s a bed and a table bolted to the floor, but no

personal stuff: photos, or cards, or stuffed animals from people wishing

me well. Does anyone even know I’m here? 

I grope for a

call button to get a nurse, but there isn’t one. What the hell? This place

is a prison. 

Staggering out

of bed, I fight the wave of nausea and dizziness that make me want to yell

at the world to stop moving because I want to get off the carousel. The tile

floor is stone cold and there are no slippers by the bed. My feet are ice

blocks. Why don’t I have any socks or tights on?  

Before I reach

the door, there’s a jingle of keys, then a key scrapes in the lock. 

Holding my

breath, I brace myself for what’s coming. 

A woman I

don’t recognize with brown hair tied back in a ponytail appears. She’s dressed

in a nurse’s uniform and there’s a small smile playing on the edge of her lips.

“Good,

you’re awake, Nancy.”

She sounds

pleased, as if we’re bosom buddies, when I’ve never seen her before in my

life.

“Where am

I?”

My voice comes

out as a rasp as though my throat’s been sandpapered down.

The nurse puts

a hand on my shoulder. “Let’s get you back into bed, Nancy.”

I do as she

says. I’m worried if I don’t lie back, I’ll faint.

“You’re

in Parkview Hospital,” she says, as she fixes the pillows so I can sit

upright.

I know all the

hospitals in Glasgow, but I haven’t heard of that one. I ask her what kind

of hospital it is and she tells me it’s a psychiatric facility. The reason I

haven’t heard of it, is because they don’t publicize it. Perhaps because

it’s full of nutters they want to keep away from society. The prospect

terrifies me because that would mean they must think I’m cuckoo. Why else

would I be here?  

I suck in my

breath. When I ask her if this is a nut house, she presses her lips

tightly together as she tells me no one refers to psychiatric hospitals in

that way anymore. 

Suitably

chastised, I mumble an apology not because I think one’s needed, but because

she’s the one with the keys.

“Why am I

here?”

I’m dreading

the answer, but I need to know. I don’t feel any different. Surely if I’d lost

my mind, I’d know.

“You had

a breakdown.”

The way she

says it, she could be talking about the weather.

She asks me if

I want anything and I tell her a pair of proper pajamas, a dressing gown and

slippers would be nice because I’m an ice block. If she gets in touch

with Mum, she’ll bring me in some stuff. 

Her smile’s

still there, but breaks down around the corners of her mouth. There’s something

she’s not telling me, because she’s worried how I’ll react. There’s fear

in her eyes. I notice she’s wearing a lucky heather brooch, the same one I

got for Mum. 

I’m staring at

it as she tells me she’s going to fetch a doctor, when a memory stirs inside

me and no matter how hard I try to push it away, someone’s taken their

finger out the dyke and the water’s rushing in. 

Blood, blood

everywhere. Dad’s slumped in his favorite armchair, head bent forward as

if in prayer (he never prayed a day in his life); a single bullet hole in his

head. I know it’s him, even although his face has been beaten to a pulp:

his blood staining the fireside rug my mum was so fond of. Even in death,

my dad has a presence. He fills a room with the sheer weight of his

personality. Discarded nearby is the baseball bat they used on him. It’s

covered in blood and something sticky and dark brown, resembling raw

mincemeat.

***TO BE

CONTINUED***


✢ ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Jenny Thomson

Jenny Thomson is an award-winning crime writer who has been scribbling away all her life. She also writes as Jennifer Thomson.

Inspired by her love of zombies and The Walking Dead, she wrote The Restless Dead. 

She kills people for a living in the Crime File series of books for Limitless Publishing. Book 1, 2 and 3, will be out soon. 

To find out more details, check out her publisher’s site at http://www.limitlesspublishing.net/authors/jenny-thomson/

 

Her novella, How Kirsty Gets Her Kicks, about a one legged Glasgow barmaid who goes on the run with a gun and a safe load of gangster’s cash after killing one of his henchmen, will be published by the critically acclaimed Snubnose Press 

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