psychological thriller :: crime story :: horror story :: murder mystery :: mystery thriller
READER reviews
  • This is a pacey, scarey thriller with engaging characters that I really cared about. Can't wait for J.A's next one.

    - Irene - Dublin
  • Ellen Hunt is the latest psychopath on the block. It is her twisted obsession for Steven that fuels this story and when he fails to reciprocate she sets out to punish him in the cruellest way possible. Gripping and gory - a must for any psychological thriller fan.

    - Suzie - Spain
  • A thoroughly gripping and entertaining read. The style is very self-assured for a debut novel and I look forward to reading more from this author.

    - Lola - London
  • The object of her desire, Steven, is unfortunate enough to catch Ellen’s eye when he takes a room in her mother’s house. We follow the story from murder of female rivals to kidnap of Steven’s child and the havoc wrought by the jealous Ellen to an ending which I won’t reveal. J A Campion writes beautifully and I can truthfully say a star is born.

    - John Coxam - Maine USA

What You Can Learn From a Boxer and a Labrador

We have all seen amusing examples of dog owners who bear a striking resemblance to their pets, but an interesting study of British dog owners recently revealed that dog owners not only subconsciously chose a breed with similar physical characteristics, they also choose a breed that mirrored their own personalities.

Psychologist Lance Workman interviewed 1,000 dog owners about their character traits and found that agreeable friendly types chose Labradors, Hounds, known for their even temperament, are chosen by ‘calm, consistent people’ and working dog owners scored higher on agreeableness and intelligence.

But Workman’s most surprising finding was that the owners of ‘handbag breeds,’ normally associated with airhead celebrities, came out on top for ‘intelligence, openness and creativity.’

Whatever physical and personality differences there may be between the many and varied breeds available these days, they all share common characteristics that put us humans to shame.

As a lesson for people who have trouble connecting with their emotions just watch the joyful display of unconditional love on the YouTube clip of a Boxer dog greeting his owner, a soldier who has just returned after eight months from the Afghanistan War.

For a lesson in loyalty check out the recent story of Maggie, a Labrador retriever, who risked her life in heavy traffic to guard the body of her companion, hit and killed by a car in southern California.

These two humbling and exemplary characteristics are often ones that we mere humans struggle to emulate.

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