I am delighted to be kicking off Blog Tour with an extract from We Never Said Goodbye….Which I hope you guys enjoy.
Is it ever too late for love?
When Mike dumps Louise on their 20th Wedding Anniversary, her entire world comes to an end.
Devastated and confused, she attempts to make sense of what happened and returns to a city she’s avoided for two decades.
Will she be able to move on with the man she left behind or will Mike’s increasingly violent and unhinged behaviour continue to haunt and ruin her life? When the reason Mike left her at long last is revealed Louise’s life is in serious danger.
We Never Said Goodbye extract
Where is he? Mike’s never late. Perhaps he forgot today’s our wedding anniversary?”
Louise looked around at her spacious kitchen, with its new wallpaper in a pale shade of blue, the rustic old table and chairs. Smiling, she reached for the mobile on a shelf above the stove.
He’s probably booked a table in some fancy restaurant, I bet it’s the new French bistro in the high street, she thought, slumping down in a chair and stretching her long, shapely legs. She couldn’t avoid seeing her own reflection in the glass cupboard next to the sink.
Big blue eyes, small, slightly upturned nose and short, thick blonde hair – Louise’s mind drifted off to when she used to be a model. She’d long since stopped thinking about it, until now.
She missed the glitz and fun back then. In particular, the sense of belonging and making new friends, both in her hometown of Malmö, and overseas. Not forgetting the lovely clothes, especially those she had been allowed to keep from Chanel, Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent.
All of it seemed so long ago now. Almost as if none of it took place; a figment of her imagination.
She’d made an extra effort to look her best that morning, hoping Mike would appreciate it. She’d even gone as far as applying false eyelashes and the shade of lipstick he preferred.
At forty-five, Louise dreaded signs of age on her face, making her feel less attractive and not as young as she used to be. Perhaps the time has come when I will have to consider a nip and tuck here and there, she pondered, chewing her lip. The years passed so quickly; nearly everyone she knew from her modelling days had since succumbed to Botox and plastic surgery.
After her retirement, Louise felt bereft and at a loss as to what to do with her life. Eventually, she and her best friend, a fellow model, decided to venture into business together.
Trine Larsen had been a permanent fixture in Louise’s life ever since the two of them met at a mutual friend’s party in Copenhagen in the early nineties. They’d hit it off from the start and were like sisters to one another. Taking the ferry from Malmö, Louise would seek out Trine’s company each time she required advice and felt lonely.
Both women relocated to London on a modelling assignment and loved it so much that they decided to stay. When Trine met Jasper, a champion rugby player and fellow Dane, Louise instantly warmed to his easy-going nature and gained another friend.
However, after Trine and Jasper married in a register office in Kensington, Louise felt like an outsider, wishing she too could meet and fall in love with someone as nice and reliable as Jasper.
She continued modelling for another agency and signed a contract with a magazine that required her to travel all over Europe for a period of time. Upon returning to London and the cosy flat she and Trine had rented when they first moved to London, Louise was invited to a party in Belsize Park. It wasn’t until she was standing by herself in a corner of the large, brightly-lit room that she noticed a tall, muscular man with mousy blond hair, wearing a black suit, white T-shirt and a gold chain around his neck. As he approached her, a big grin lighting up his deep-set dark blue eyes, Louise heard him say: “I feel as if I know you. Have we met before?”
Twiddling with her bracelet, Louise blushed and shook her head. “I doubt it. What makes you think we did?” She’d never encountered anyone as straightforward as Mike Kershaw.
“Call it intuition, if you like. It feels as if I’ve known you all my life.”
Well, that was twenty-three years ago and the start of something special.
Hélene Fermont writes character-driven psychological crime fiction with a Scandi Noir flavour. Known for her explosive, pacy narrative and storylines, she has published three novels – Because of You, We Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret – and two short story collections – The Love of Her Life and Who’s Sorry Now? Her fourth novel is due for release in the summer of 2019. After 20 years in London, Hélene recently returned to her native Sweden where she finds the unspoiled scenery and tranquillity a therapeutic boost for creativity. Enjoying a successful career as a Psychologist, when she’s not working her ‘day job’, Hélene spends her time writing, with friends and family, or playing with her beloved cat, Teddy. All three novels can be purchased via her website helenefermont.com/books/
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