Set in Brighton and the surrounding area, Stolen is a powerful and gritty novel that will not fail to enthrall Lesley fans both old and new.
Sussex, 2003: When a beautiful blonde woman is found half-drowned on a beach, the article about her in the local newspaper rings alarm bells for beautician, Dale, who shows the police photographs of Lotte Wainright. The girls met working on a cruise ship and their friendship blossomed as they sailed the seas of South America but since leaving the ship, Dale had lost contact with her friend – until now.
With no memory before being washed ashore, Lotte must piece together her past and with it the beginning of a dangerous tidal wave of secrets, lies and nightmares. Where has she been? Why did someone want to kill her and what has become of the baby she discovers she has recently given birth to? As Dale helps Lotte face the horrors of her past, their friendship deepens as they are forced to face one last evil together.
What we think: Lesley at her best, suspense, fear, heartbreak and despair all in a storyline that have the reader jumping through the same emotions as Lotte, and hoping for a happy outcome. Excellent work full of emotion highs and lows Five star work.. Joslyn Manners FemaleFirst
Lesley Pearse’s life story reads like one of the plots in her novels. Her mother died when she was just 3 years old and she spent her early years in an orphanage before her father remarried and she was bought home. With lots of foster siblings in the house, Lesley’s early life was chaotic and she soon escaped to the bright lights of London’s ‘60’s club-land working various jobs including time as a bunny girl. A latecomer to writing, Lesley’s rollercoaster life has provided her with much material and has brought her a devoted readership with over 3 million copies of her books sold in the UK alone.
In 2007, the Lesley Pearse Women of Courage Award was created in celebration of every day women who have triumphed over adversity. Previous winners include Nicole Gallagher from Kent who provides unstinting love and support for her two severely disabled children and Karen Baker from Harrow, who as well as battling cancer herself still provides full-time support for her disabled daughter, her father who suffers from Alzheimer’s and her husband who has epilepsy. The 2009 winner was Kerry-Ann Hindley from Glasgow who has used her own experiences of a troubled childhood to teach children life skills in local schools. Entries are received from far and wide and the Award continues to grow in profile year on year. Nominations are now open for 2010 via womenofcourageaward.co.uk
Lesley lives between Bristol and Bath and has three daughters and one grandson. She is author of seventeen bestsellers including Gypsy, Faith and Hope with the 18th, Stolen published in hardback on the 28th January 2010.