We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts about Smile of Deceit by Keith Newman.
Smile of Deceit is a riveting thriller in which I didn’t guess the twists.
When two teenage girls disappear 16 years apart and one main suspect, the police are determined the two cases are connected.
The cold case is reopened and new evidence is gathered which highlights secrets within the suspects and family members involved.
I found this book a bit slow in places but soon picked up as the middle to end I could not put down. I enjoyed the descriptions of the police procedures and links found by the investigating officers.
A great thriller.
My name is Keith Newman and I have two things in common with Rodney, the character in ‘Only Fools and Horses’ – we are both tall and slim (well at least I was when I was his age) and we both have one ‘O’ level. Perhaps the similarity ends there.
My full-time formal education stopped when I was 15 in 1957 so I am getting on a bit. Lewes Secondary Modern School for Boys was good for us in many ways – we had to behave ourselves, were taught to work hard or else, and not be too interested in the girls from the school next door.
My first job was as office boy at the local council offices. It wasn’t long before I knew what everyone was doing in their own little rooms and I probably knew more about the people working there than the boss did. I moved about quite a bit in the same department, but was always able to select the best manager to work with based on my insight into the various power struggles. I paid invoices, moved trampolines from one school to another (only losing one in the process) and helped to organise the 11+ examination. Then I ended up in Personnel (HR as it’s now called). We had 36,000 employees working in about 300 sites and I got to visit every one. It was my dream job and I ended up managing the whole team. We certainly had a variety of problems.
But now in my retirement I’ve started to write fiction and I can for the first time in my life be creative. My first book, ‘Smile of Deceit’ is a crime thriller and I am already planning the next one.