When his childhood friend Verity is found at the foot of Beachy Head, barely alive, Harry's life is thrown into turmoil. He can't accept that the happy go lucky girl he grew up with would try to kill herself. He should know. He was closer to her than anyone – wasn't he?
As Verity lies suspended in a coma, damaged beyond repair, Harry tries to uncover what went so horribly wrong in her life. Haunted by memories of their childhood, and by the knowledge that what they shared is lost forever, Harry begins piecing together the last few weeks of Verity's life. He enlists the help of another childhood friend, Adam, and Verity's business partner Sam. Sam is as baffled as Harry, but Adam thinks Verity's suicide attempt was the inevitable consequence of a life which was clearly spiraling out of control.
The deeper Harry gets, the more questions remain unanswered. Why was Verity's flat burgled? Why was she secretly seeing a psychiatrist? And, for Harry, the most haunting question of all: why did Verity kiss him, all those years ago, and then banish him from her life? If Harry can't find the answers, he may have to face the fact that perhaps he never really knew Verity at all...
Chilling and menacing by turns, FROZEN is a powerful debut novel of psychological suspense – a powerful story of love, loss and betrayal.
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About the Author
Richard Burke was born in London, but grew up in Oxford from the age of ten. After a short stint working as a bond trader in the city, he left finance for a career in television.
He is an award-winning producer, writer and director of science and natural history TV programmes, with credits that include the hit series 'Space' for the BBC, and Discovery's series 'Raging Planet'.
He now works part time in television and devotes the rest of his time to writing.
He lives in Somerset with his wife and son.