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Deadly Intent

Published Date: September 5, 2017

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320 pages


Tormented to the edge of sanity … 

Just when DI Matthew Adams thinks he’s left the past behind him, it comes back to haunt him once again; this time in the form of the Conner family.
Like Matthew, the Conners have lost a child in tragic circumstances – and they’ve also found themselves in the hands of one of the most depraved criminals to walk the streets: ‘Dead-eyed’ Charlie Roberts, a drug addicted low-life with a penchant for extreme violence.

Matthew’s greatest affinity lies with Daniel Conner, the brooding father who still blames himself for his youngest child’s death. But when Daniel’s wife and daughter are tortured and tormented by Roberts, can Matthew prevent him from completely ruining his own life for an act of revenge particularly when, once upon a time, that’s exactly what Matthew would have done too?

Book 3 – Detective Inspector Matthew Adams series. Book 1 – After She’s Gone. Book 2 – Sins of the Father.

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Sheryl Browne

Sheryl Browne

Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy contemporary fiction and psychological thriller. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and awarded a Red Ribbon by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

Sheryl lives in Worcestershire with her husband, son and a variety of disabled dogs. According to readers of her thrillers, she also apparently makes an excellent psychopath.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Ruth N
    Ruth N at

    This is the third book in the Detective Inspector Matthew Adams series and the author, Sheryl Browne, has once again delivered a compulsive read, though maybe not night-time reading if you’re particularly sensitive.
    After their youngest daughter dies in a road accident, Daniel and Jo Connor are so inconsolable that they’re unable to even comfort each other in their grief. Their older daughter, Kayla, is also mourning the loss of her little sister and feels excluded from her parents. The family is completely falling apart. Kayla meets Charlie Roberts, a psychopathic drug addict, who discovers that the family have recently sold their boat yard.
    DI Matthew Adams is on the trail of Charlie Roberts who has kidnapped the Connor family in an attempt to steal the proceeds from their boat yard sale. Time is running out for the Connor family, as Charlie Roberts will do anything to get his hands on their money and they are now in mortal danger from his excessive, drug crazed greed.
    Highly Recommended

  2. Jo Lambert
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    It was great to be back again with DI Matthew Adams. In the first two stories involving him, he was the focus and went through some dreadful experiences before justice was served.
    This time he’s watching another psychopath, Charlie Roberts, a man who deals drugs and isn’t averse to putting people in hospital if they cross him. Quite by accident Charlie learns where he can get his hands on a whole lot of money and it will be like taking candy from a baby.
    The Conner family are in a bad place. A tragic accident has claimed their younger daughter and the family are falling apart. Their boatyard has been sold and Daniel, blaming himself for the accident, is planning to leave his family. Jo loves Daniel, but can’t cope with the way he has shut himself off since the accident, unable to show any sort of emotion. Daughter Kayla already struggling with teenage issues, spends most of her time with her friend Hannah out clubbing. It’s there that fate brings her into contact with Charlie – a man she’s had a crush on for ages.
    This book is yet another edge of the seat read. Sheryl winds up the tension as Charlie Roberts abducts the Conner family and subjects them to his cruelty in order to get them to sign over the money from the sale of the boatyard. But Daniel Conner is the ultimate hero. A man with a painful past, determined to survive anything in order to protect his family. As Charlie’s mental state deteriorates, it seems his partner Shawn is the only one capable of keeping the family from real harm. DI Adams is on their trail and determined to bring them both to justice. The question is will he get there in time to prevent a tragedy?
    Another five star read from Sheryl

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