today’s my stop on Katerina Diamond’s blog tour for her debut ‘The Teacher’ and I have Part 5 of her exclusive short story ‘Stalkers’ on the blog today. I’ll be reviewing Katerina’s debut soon (which is a real bargain at the moment at just 99p for the kindle, and I definitely recommend it) and I’d like to say MASSIVE THANKS to lovely Helena from the AVON UK team and Katerina for the amazing story. As I’ll be posting Part 5 of a story Katerina wrote specially for the blog tour, I’ll be leaving the links of the 4 other blogs who’ve posted previous parts, so you can see how it all started. And make sure you follow the other tour hosts for more content and more from the story. Happy Monday and wish you all a fab new week!
STALKERS – Part 5
The car alarm had been going off for almost 15 minutes before Adrian woke up and dragged himself outside to turn it off. He kept forgetting to get the alarm disabled, no one would ever nick his old Granada, she had a minus street value and she moved slower than a double decker bus. When he finally got to the car he saw the wing mirror had been smashed, the tyre slashed and the aerial snapped off. He looked at the other cars in the street, all the wing mirrors he could see had been damaged and the tyres done. He pulled his phone out of his pocket and texted Grey. He sat on the wall outside his house waiting for Grey. Lucy opened the door to her house and stepped outside in her scrubs.
“Oh my God, what happened to your car?”
“Just some kids pissing about I expect.” He said without smiling, heeding what Grey had told him the day before as to her suspicions about Lucy.
“I can give you a lift if you want, the station is on the way to the hospital anyway.” She offered quickly.
“Isn’t your car one of these? They all look messed up.”
“Oh, no. I parked outside the church yesterday. There were no spaces along here. I don’t mind.”
“Thanks anyway, but my partner is picking me up. We go in together most days.” His phone beeped and he smiled as he saw Grey’s less than complimentary comment about his car. She hated his car.
“Is she your girlfriend? I thought you were single.”
“You know how it is.” He smiled, maybe Grey was right after all, maybe he needed to maintain some distance. Grey had good people instincts and recently he felt his own instincts about people were completely off. He was more of a big picture detective anyway. He guessed that’s why they gelled so well together.
“She seems a bit hard for you. I mean, you need someone a bit less frosty.”
“Oh she’s not. She’s a good woman.” He felt weird saying the words, but he needed to push Lucy a little harder, get her to show him one way or another. Grey pulled around the corner and he jumped in the car, aware of Lucy’s eyes following him and Grey’s eyes fixed on Lucy.
“Sorry Grey.” He leaned over and kissed her on the cheek.
Grey’s eyes were still trained on Lucy who stared back. A serpentine smile appeared on Grey’s face as she turned to him, slowly raising her hand, he felt every muscle in his body tense as she moved it towards him, trying not to flinch. What was happening? Was she going to hit him? She gently stroked his cheek and leaned in, a tender look on her face.
“You owe me a lot more than a fucking Lasagne Miley.” She kissed him on the lips. Brief but still entirely far too familiar. Adrian couldn’t even speak. They both heard a front door slam and within a fraction of a second Adrian was pressed back into his seat with the force of acceleration.
READ PREVIOUS PARTS OF THE EXCLUSIVE SHORT STORY ‘STALKERS’
Part 1 – Linda’s Book Bag
Part 2 – Brook Cottage Books
Part 3 – La Chouett
Part 4 – Bibliophile Book Club
The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
Published by Avon
Published on 10.3.2016
Genres: thriller, psychological thriller
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You think you know who to trust? You think you know the difference between good and evil?
You’re wrong …
A LESSON YOU WILL NEVER FORGET
The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall.
Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end.
As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again.
But as they’re drawn into a network of corruption, lies and exploitation, every step brings them closer to grim secrets hidden at the heart of their community.
And once they learn what’s motivating this killer, will they truly want to stop him?
SMART. GRIPPING. GRUESOME.
This is a psychological crime thriller in a class of its own.
WARNING: Most definitely *not* for the faint-hearted!