Sarah Bower is a novelist and short story writer. Her first novel, The Needle in the Blood, was Susan Hill’s Book of the Year 2007. Her short stories have appeared in magazines including QWF, Buzzwords, Unthology and The Yellow Room. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2002. She teaches creative writing at UEA and for the Open University. She also works as a mentor and manuscript reader for leading literary consultancies. Currently writer in residence at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

'There is one award Sarah Bower will never ever win and that is the Bad Sex Award.' Sally Zigmond

The Needle in the Blood The Book of Love

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A contemporary mystery by Sarah Bower writing as S. A. Hemmings

Millionaire businessman Harry Theobald has disappeared, along with most of his money. As his wife, Alice, struggles to handle the police, keep the press and bay and understand her loss, a stranger infiltrates her world. What is Ian Slight’s connection with Harry’s family? What draws Harry’s daughter, Polly, to him? And what does Ian know about Harry’s disappearance? As Harry’s myth crumbles, Alice struggles to hold on to her own lies. But in the dark, the truth is lying in wait…