Kerry Birds: The Catcher

Today it’s my turn on the blog tour for The Catcher. I’m sharing an extract with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell for inviting me on the blog tour and Dark Edge Press for my copy of the extract.


The perfect marriage?
Or the perfect lie?

Alistair tells white lies. It’s easier that way.

Elena loves Alistair. But he’s married to Celia.

Celia likes playing games. And one day soon someone is going to get hurt.

The only question is – who?



Celia reached for the knife. It skated and turned. I went to kick it away, but she got there first. I leapt on her, knocking her on her back, and a jolt of pain shot through my arm. It shot again, deeper still, when I pinned her arms above her head. She bit my chest and smacked her heels into my calves, bucking like a horse. I dropped my weight so she couldn’t breathe.

One. Two. Three. Four. Eventually she went still.

I sat back on my haunches and pulled the knife from the top of my arm. I retracted the blade and tossed it behind the toilet.

Celia gasped for air. ‘You will pay for dumping me, Alistair. I swear you will fucking pay.’

My glare ripped into her, and she wrapped her arms around her stomach and chest.

‘I think I’ve paid quite enough. Now, pack some things and get out of my house.’

My boxer shorts felt wet, front and back. I counted one, two, three cuts on my stomach; two of them were big cat scratches but one gaped, spewing blood onto my boxers. I grabbed the hand towel and pressed it against my stomach as I craned my neck to see my back. It was bad. The incision was clean, deep and gaping, and about eight inches long; and it was bleeding like hell. Wincing, I pressed the edges together and pushed down hard.

I’d never asked for help before. Cuts, bruises, broken ribs; burns, black eyes, shame. I’d always dealt with everything myself—because I could—and because I wasn’t man enough to admit I let my wife hurt me. But I was bleeding a lot and my hand was swollen and throbbing. I needed help. I needed to get to A&E and then I needed to talk to somebody.

I couldn’t fix the mess on my own and I no longer wanted to.


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