A very happy publication day goes to Rachel Ward, whose first work of adult fiction, The Cost of Living is released today from Sandstone Press.
When a young woman is attacked walking home from her local supermarket, Bea Jordan, a smart but unfulfilled checkout girl, is determined to investigate. Colleagues and customers become suspects, secrets are uncovered. While fear stalks the town, Bea finds an unlikely ally in Ant, the seemingly gormless new trainee, but risks losing the people she loves most as death comes close to home. The Cost of Living is a warm, contemporary story with likeable leads, an engaging cast of supporting characters and a dark thread running throughout.
Rachel Ward is a best-selling writer for young adults. Her first book, Numbers, was published in 2009 and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. An avid reader of detective fiction, The Cost of Living is her first book for adults. Rachel lives in Bath with her husband, and has two grown-up children.
‘Unlikely friendships and quirky wit make this the most warm-hearted of crime debuts.’
‘Utterly fab, fresh and real.’
‘A breath of fresh air, Ant and Bea are fabulous creations.’