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by Michelle Davies

GONE ASTRAY and WRONG PLACE by Michelle Davies


One summer morning, Lesley Kinnock returns to the sprawling Buckinghamshire home she and her husband bought after winning £18 million on the EuroMillions, to discover that their 15-year-old daughter is missing.

DC Maggie Neville is assigned to be Family Liaison Officer to Lesley and her husband Mack. It’s Maggie’s job to support the parents as the search gets underway, while at the same time surreptitiously trying to unearth any information that might have any bearing on the missing girl’s whereabouts. It’s a delicate balancing act, and Maggie also has a point to prove to her colleagues after being suspended from the last case she worked on.

Told from both Lesley and Maggie’s point of view, GONE ASTRAY is a compelling novel with a unique heroine positioned at the very heart of the investigation.

Michelle Davies has an enormously engaging writing style, and has produced a thought-provoking and twisty first novel with a wide appeal.

Books available. UK: Macmillan March 2016; Audio: Oakhill Publishing.


When a man fails in his attempt to murder his wife and then commit suicide, Detective Constable Maggie Neville is assigned the surviving woman’s family liaison officer.

As the husband lies in a coma in hospital, the wife sets about making sure everyone knows he’s guilty. But there’s something about her story that doesn’t ring true to Maggie. Digging deeper, the officer finds an unexpected link between the couple’s case and a series of burglaries she and her CID colleagues had previously been investigating in the Mansell area – and the mysterious disappearance of a young woman 20 years ago.

Meanwhile, Maggie’s still conflicted about her feelings towards DCI Will Umpire, who’s now in the throes of a divorce, and she’s also struggling to accept her sister Lou’s new boyfriend. Charming on the surface, he thinks Lou’s three children should come second to him now – however dire the consequences.

Proofs due July 2016. UK: Macmillan

Michelle Davies has been writing professionally for 20 years as a journalist on magazines, including on the production desk at ELLE, and as Features Editor of heat. Her last staff position before going freelance was Editor-at-Large at Grazia magazine and she currently writes for a number of women’s magazines and newspaper supplements. Michelle is also crime fiction reviewer for the Sunday Express’s Books section. Michelle lives in London and juggles her freelance journalism with motherhood and writing crime fiction. GONE ASTRAY is her first novel and she is currently working on a sequel, WRONG PLACE.

Reviews for GONE ASTRAY

'This book deserves to shoot to the top of the best-seller lists. I read it in a single sitting.' - Daily Mail

'Get familiar with the edge of your seat - you're going to spend a lot of time there.' - Stella Loves - Sunday Telegraph Magazine

'A clever but all too believable crime thriller that's right on the money when it comes to creepy, twisted plots.' Fabulous Magazine

'This all-too believable thriller is full of plot twists and makes you think twice about wanting that lottery win.' - Essentials

'Davies hits the right balance between clever plots and believable behaviours. It was truly unputdownable. I read it in four days.' - Good to Know.

'A taut, tense thriller with a compelling plot that's bound to keep you reading well beyond your bedtime. If you loved th first series of Broadchurch, don't hesitate to make this your next read.' - Waterstones Bookseller Review

'A gripping read.' Bella Magazine