Stick or Twist
by Diane Janes

The attempted kidnap of a wealthy heiress throws up a series of unanswered questions in this twisting tale of suspense

Wealthy heiress Jude Thackeray lost her trust in men following her terrible ordeal at the hands of a ruthless kidnapper. Now she’s met Mark Medlicott, she is finally learning to love again. But is Mark who – and what – he seems?

No one was ever arrested following the kidnap; there were no credible suspects even. Detective Sergeant Peter Betts and his colleague, DS Hannah McMahon, are determined to crack the case. However, the deeper they dig, the more anomalies they uncover, and it becomes increasingly clear there was more to the attempted kidnap than met the eye. Soon the pair find themselves in a desperate race against time in order to prevent a further catastrophe.


“Janes deftly, suddenly transforms her audience’s understanding of her protagonists several times without making delayed disclosures feel like literary trickery, keeping tension high to the very end”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Janes weaves an intricate web of deceit”

Kirkus Reviews

“An edge-of-the-seat, keep-’em-guessing murder case with mind-blowing twists, an imaginative plot, plenty of suspense, brave heroes, and truly dastardly villains”


Diane Janes

Born and brought up in Birmingham, Diane Janes spent many years in the north of England and now lives in Devon. She is the author of five previous crime novels and several non-fiction investigations into real-life historical mysteries. Her debut, The Pull of the Moon, was shortlisted for the CWA’s John Creasey Award for the best first crime novel of 2010.

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Stick or Twist by Diane Janes is available in the following formats

Hardback *978072788651431st August 2016146 X 223mm240£20.99
Paperback *97818475175311st July 2017139 X 220mm240$17.95
Paperback *978184751753128th April 2017139 X 220mm240£12.99
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