Next to Disappear by Malcolm Richards

28th March 2021.

This is a different kind of crime story with an unlikely protagonist, Emily Swanson. With secrets to hide and painful memories, she escapes to London to start a new life, only to find a mystery lurking in the new flat she rents.

The previous occupier, Alina, disappeared one night. Emily’s enquiries reveal an abusive relationship between Alina and her husband. Teaming up with Jerome from the floor below, Emily feels compelled to find out what happened to Alina. But when Emily goes to Alina’s last workplace, a care home for the elderly, she has no idea of the horrors she’s about to confront, many of them in her own mind.

It’s an interesting and entertaining story of mystery and suspense that’s well delivered and easy to follow. Though an unlikely investigator, Emily Swanson is determined to fight her demons and atone for her past by solving the mystery of people who seem to disappear without anyone noticing.

Her investigation is anything but straightforward, taking a couple of unexpected turns. It puts the values of friendship, loyalty and trust under the microscope as she battles an enemy much stronger and more powerful than her.


Not every missing person is meant to be found…

When troubled nurse Alina vanishes one night, it’s assumed she ran away from her violent husband. Until disgraced ex-teacher Emily Swanson moves into the couple’s former home.

Emily’s life is in ruins and she’s meant to be making a fresh start. But when she learns about the missing nurse, she sees a chance for redemption. Because finding Alina could help right the wrongs of Emily’s past. All she needs to do is follow the clues.

But what Emily doesn’t know is that Alina had a horrifying secret. One about the care foundation where she worked. And the closer Emily gets to uncovering the truth, the closer she gets to terrible danger.

Next to Disappear by Malcolm Richards

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