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Sam Hepburn read Modern Languages at Cambridge University before joining the BBC, where she was producer of factual programmes for over 25 years and was the Commissioner for the launch of BBC 4. She lives in London with her husband and three children.
April 2015 Book of the Month Two young people from very different backgrounds star in this crime mystery. Aliya’s family have fled to England from Afghanistan, chased out by the Taliban. Dan lives in London with his parents, reluctantly helping his dad with his plumbing business when he can’t get out of it. The two are brought together when Dan witnesses Aliya’s brother Behrouz being beaten and kidnapped. For reasons of his own, Dan can’t go to the police but when Behrouz is accused of plotting a terrorist attack he decides to help Aliya reveal the truth. Together they untangle a complex web of corruption and deceit, risking their own lives in the process. Sam Hepburn’s plotting is excellent, the tension never lets up and this is a seriously good thriller with a shocking final twist. ~ Andrea Reece A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher, Chicken House Sam Hepburn writes thrillers seriously – devastating plots and brilliant characters take you places you didn’t mean to go. Stories that are never what you expect, and are always hard to put down. If You Were Me grips with a passion and a purpose. Afterwards the world feels a little bit righter, and a little bit brighter. Fantastic. Click here to read the story behind the book.
June 2013 Debut of the Month An excellent page-turning adventure for all those who, like Joe, the hero of the story, are passionate about uncovering the truth. After Joe’s mum is mysteriously killed by a hit-and-run driver, Joe is sent to live with his unwelcoming aunt in the country. Exploring the local mansion which was abandoned after a murder, Joe comes across Yuri and is catapulted into danger as he ask some seriously evil people some probing questions. Joe’s questing courage is fun to follow. A Piece of Passion from the Publisher Barry Cunningham Don’t you just love a really dangerous mystery? One in which there are shady lords, faded film stars, horrible gangsters, and brave kids who take on the impossible to unravel deeply perilous secrets of the past? Well, this funny, fast and furious story by Sam Hepburn is what you and I have been waiting for! I can tell you who . . . urgghh . . . no, too late, urghhh . . . read the book! In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Chasing the Dark a small number of our readers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'a thrilling, un-put-down-able book about undying love, friendship and determination. Well written and with a good storyline, Chasing the Dark is a wonderful book that will have readers wanting more.' Scroll down to read more reviews...
Joe's an ordinary boy living with his mum on a rough London estate. But when she is killed in a hit-and-run car crash, he's sure there's more to her death than meets the eye. His investigation takes him on a dangerous journey. Chased by jewel-thieves and gangsters, he finds himself at an abandoned mansion that once belonged to a scandalous couple: a Sixties model and a vanished Lord. It's here that Joe begins to uncover the truth of his extraordinary inheritance .
Not long after Aliya's family escapes Afghanistan for Britain, her brother is accused of a bomb attack. Aliya is sure of his innocence, but when plumber's son Dan finds a gun in their bathroom, what's she to think? Dan has his own reasons for staying silent: he's worried the gun might have something to do with his dad. Thrown together by chance, they set out to uncover a tangled and twisted truth.
Joe's mum is dead. Killed in a hit-and-run car crash, along with someone he's never heard of. Angry and alone, Joe takes his dog for a late night walk. He finds himself at the gates of an empty mansion: a house of glass belonging to an old movie star. And it's here that Joe unlocks the dangerous mystery of what happened that night...
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