Winter Solstice - Jacqueline Ward

Random Acts of Unkindness

DS Jan Pearce has a big problem. Her fifteen year old son, Aiden, is missing. Jan draws together the threads of missing person cases spanning fifty years and finds tragic connections and unsolved questions.
Bessy Swain, an elderly woman that Jan finds dead on her search for Aiden, and whose own son, Thomas, was also missing, may have the answers.
Jan uses Bessy's information and her own skills and instinct to track down the missing boys. But is it too late for Aiden?
Set in the North West of England, with the notorious Saddleworth Moor as a backdrop, Random Acts of Unkindness is a story about motherhood, love and loss and how families of missing people suffer the consequences of major crimes involving their loved ones
Random Acts of Unkindness is the first in the DS Jan Pearce series of novels.

About Jacqueline

KINDLE SCOUT AWARD WINNER Jacqueline Ward is the author of #1 bestseller Random Acts of Unkindness and its sequel Playlist for a Paper Angel, both crime novels in the DS Jan Pearce series published by Kindle Press, selected for publication in 2016. 

She is also the author of SmartYellowTM, in the pen name of J A Christy, and this novel has been nominated for the prestigious Arthur C Clarke Award in 2016.

Jacqueline has also written several short stories, both standalone and published in anthologies. She also writes screenplays. 

She has worked with victims of domestic violence and families of missing people and has received an MBE for services to vulnerable people.

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Jacqueline was born in Oldham in the North West of England and has travelled the world with her career in high hazard safety. After training as a psychologist, Jacqueline undertook a doctorate that looked at how storytelling impacts on the way that people construct their identity. 

Jacqueline still lives in Oldham with her partner and their dog, near her three grown-up children.