Kate Harris, a lecturer in her late thirties, is attacked in her home and left for dead. The assault and the hate letters she starts to receive bring to light the past she longs to leave behind, a past which includes the son she chose to give away.
What happens to Kate also affects the people she counts as friends and colleagues. She has loved her best friend, Nicky, for a long time but Nicky is happily married with two young children, and Kate is determined never to damage the lives of those she cares for.
However, when she makes the decision to contact the father of her son, Kate sets in motion a series of terrifying events she has no control over. Can she save herself and those she loves from the menacing enemy who stalks them?
Thorn in the Flesh was longlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Awards 2006.
"Thorn in the Flesh is emotionally stirring, dealing with circumstances that most of us will never understand ... Despite never having been in Kate's circumstances, the story made me think about my own life and where I am currently. I recommend the book to everyone." (Open Book Society Reviews)
"Thorn in the Flesh is a slow burning mystery woven into the ordinary lives of a close-knit group of friends. This is a great choice for readers who prefer to get to know characters well before the plot heats up. The payoff at the end is well worth the initial emotional investment!" (Long and Short Reviews)