I stared out of the window and watched the clouds float by like wisps of candy floss. I tried not to think about it, but my mind kept wandering back to the note. ‘I’m sorry. I can’t do this anymore. If Olivia’s death has taught me anything it’s that life is fragile and short. Don’t try to contact me. I’m going into the wilderness’.
Overcome with grief at the death of her friend Olivia, Alice escapes to Kenya. In the wilds of the Maasai Mara, she unexpectedly falls in love with charming safari company owner and rally driver Jamil. However, not everyone is happy with the liaison. Unaware her life is in danger Alice embarks on a passionate affair with Jamil who takes her on a magical tour across Kenya from the stunning Mara wildlife and mesmerising sunsets to the heart-stopping thrill of a rally in Tsavo. Finally they arrive in Watamu on the shores of the jewelled waters of the Indian Ocean. The action moves between Kenya, England and Zanzibar, with the enemy, like a cunning chess player, shadowing their every move. The suspense builds swiftly and, as their heady romance appears doomed, Alice and Jamil face the toughest challenge of all.
Olivia’s Dead is a spell-binding, intense love story embroidered with threads of menace and will appeal mainly to female readers. Set mostly in Africa, it engages all the senses and romps along scattering nuggets of suspense-filled detail, keeping the reader in its thrall to the very last line.