Mystery / Thriller

It Takes a Texas Girl to Nail This London Serial Killer

June 11, 2013
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Indie author Naomi Kryske

No one expected Jennifer Jeffries to survive the physical and emotional trauma she experienced – not the doctors, not the London serial killer who chose her for his seventh victim, not the Scotland Yard detective who desperately needed her to testify against her attacker.

No one expected this young, petite Texan to overcome her fears – not her witness protection team, nor the tough ex-special-forces sergeant in charge of them.

And, in Naomi Kryske‘s mystery “The Witness,” no one expected Jenny’s character and courage to blossom – not the defense barristers who sought to discredit her testimony and not even Jenny herself, who had to battle pain and panic to rediscover hope and love.

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The Indie Author Life

As you heard in our interview, Naomi took some inspiration from real-life tragedies to form the emotional foundation for this book. She explains in detail, on her website:

Hurricane Katrina, in August, 2005, changed everything. The devastation was widespread, with entire communities obliterated and her home flooded, torn, and unlivable. Her shock, despair, and traumatic stress gave her insight into what the victim in her detective story would suffer. Hence her detective story and psychological trauma married, creating an intense crime/suspense novel with a twist: attention would be paid, not only to the procedures followed by police, but also to the emotional and physical struggles the victim of violence would encounter. Clues for real recovery would be revealed as the story unfolded.

Thus was born The Witness, the first of a series of novels set in London, involving the Metropolitan Police, and exploring the themes of trauma and recovery. Research trips happily necessitated traveling to London repeatedly, where she met with active and retired officers from the Metropolitan Police Service, questioned a Crown Prosecution Service solicitor about the judicial process, witnessed several Crown Court trials, absorbed London’s sights and sounds, and accustomed her ear to the cadence of the Queen’s English.

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