Worst Fear
by Matt Hilton

Private investigator Tess Grey discovers that someone from her past is pursuing a deadly vendetta – and she could be the next to die.

When the body of a young woman is found on a rocky Maine beach, having fallen from the cliffs above, the initial verdict is suicide. But hidden on the dead woman’s social network page is a post requesting that Tess Grey be informed in the event of her death. And why would Chelsea Grace, who was terrified of heights, have chosen to end her life in a way that invoked her very worst fear?

Having not seen Chelsea for years, Tess has no idea why her old university roommate would leave such a message. But, determined to find out what really happened to her, Tess and her partner Po discover that Chelsea isn’t the first of her old university friends to suffer – and she won’t be the last. It would appear that someone is holding a deadly grudge: could Tess herself be a target?


This is a beautifully constructed and written suspenser, but not, as they say, for the squeamish


The Maine setting brings to mind the mysteries of Paul Doiron, but this is much more of a thriller with some brutal overtones, more in the vein of Taylor Stevens’s “Vanessa Michael Munroe” series.

Library Journal on Painted Skins

The narrative is well crafted and full of suspense

Booklist on Painted Skins

In the fast-paced, terrifying free-for-all finale, Tess’s bravery and resourcefulness keep her alive in the face of her tormentors’ irrational rage. That Tess and Po always prevail when they kick butt is a big part of this series’ appeal

Publishers Weekly

Matt Hilton

Matt Hilton worked for twenty-three years in private security and the police force in Cumbria. He is a 4th Dan blackbelt and coach in Ju-Jitsu. He is the author of thirteen novels in the Joe Hunter series, and ten in the Grey & Villere thrillers.

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Worst Fear by Matt Hilton is available in the following formats

Hardback978072788746729th September 2017150 X 225mm214£21.99
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