Grimston book raises money for the Samaritans
Inspired by her working life, her experience as a Samaritan volunteer and her leisure time spent aboard her narrow boat Cloud Nine, Judith M Hills, from Chequers Road in Grimston, has written a novel, Cari Moses.
Dr Hills has led a busy and varied life working for 40 years in the varied fields of health, education, psychology and research.
She first qualified as a nurse, midwife and health visitor in the 1960s and worked for some of that time in a large psychiatric hospital.
Cari Moses is a psychological thriller in which the personal grief and deception of one young woman is inextricably linked to the activities of a serial killer who harbours a fascination with pregnancy.
The central character Karen has lived a life of disappointment and grief.
When she finds an abandoned baby, she decides to keep her and name her Cari Moses. But the journey takes them both on a voyage of discovery in a sea of human frailty
Dr Hills said: “This is a powerful crime fiction with a sympathetic treatment of its subjects.
“It is a story of contrasting power and corruption with the lives of less privilege individuals highlighting current levels of homelessness and the criminal activities to which young people may be drawn.”
“I hope people will take away an enjoyment of the way the different story lines unfold.”
Set among the rambling inland waterways and heaving anonymity of cities, this narrative unfolds through the drama of hospital life, from midwifery to ICU, to a nationwide police alert, to the tenuous nature of relationships, as it charts the inexorable progress of the protagonists towards discovery and retribution.
Signed copies of the book are on sale at the Old Stores in Roydon. Some proceeds are going to the Lynn branch of the Samaritans.
Dr Hills said: "The embargo on socialising during the pandemic has been a particularly difficult time for charities needing to raise much-needed funding to continue their work. Samaritans is one such charity which has been so much in demand over the difficult months.
"This is a particular concern of mine as I have been a listening volunteer at King's Lynn Samaritans for the last 25 years and I have been wondering what I might be able to do that might in some small way help this very important cause."
Cari Moses is published by AuthorHouse and is available on Amazon and elsewhere in paperback (£21.99), hardback (£35.95) and also Kindle (£2.99) editions.