Wrong Time, Wrong Place by Simon Kernick

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Quick Read of the month: June

Wrong Time, Wrong Place by Simon Kernick

Chapter One

It had been two nights since she had heard Eva’s screams as they took her away. Now there was only silence, which meant her friend was dead.

Tara knew they’d be coming for her next. It was that simple. That was why she was here. To die. She had no idea what she was meant to have done to deserve this fate. It was all like some strange nightmare.

One night – a week, two weeks ago? – Tara had gone to sleep in the filthy little room she called home, with the constant drone of the buses going past outside the window. Then, when she’d woken up, she was here in this tiny, windowless cell. She was naked, with only a blanket for warmth, and chained to the wall by her ankle, like some kind of beaten animal...

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She was naked, with only a blanket for warmth, and chained to the wall by her ankle, like some kind of beaten animal. At first she'd thought she was completely alone in this stony silence, and she'd started crying with dispair. But then she'd heard a voice speaking her language - Albanian - from beyond the wall, asking her name. (page 7)

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