Blind Cupid

Blind Cupid front coverAs a twisted mind unravels, hope redeems, love kills

Nick Sloane has a moral compass that no one understands but him. The last thing he needs is a touchstone that hurls it into confusion.

Simon Nicholson’s job at Freeways children’s home is tough, fighting on the front line of child abuse cases and coping with the fallout from neglect. The last thing he needs is one of his youngsters disappearing.

DCI Montgomery Flute has dark memories that are interfering with his work. It’s almost a year to the day that his life-partner, Tom, committed suicide and the last thing he needs is a complex murder enquiry throwing fuel onto a fire that’s already burning him up.

The discovery of a tortured body in an isolated spot turns out to be an ex-resident of Freeways. The dark secrets from all their pasts are being skilfully woven together by a calculating killer. It’s the very last thing anyone needs; especially the children.

This chilling thriller is an uncompromisingly gritty read that lays out redemption and revenge in the final pages.


Never read anything like this before, but once I started I couldn’t stop – a real page turner, couldn’t put it down About a serial killer of kids in care it tells of some pretty harrowing stuff but is written with sensitivity – no sensationalism. Clever twists right through – a writer to watch.
J Swain

This book is dark and chilling, sad and thought provoking. Love can be pure or horribly twisted and redemption comes at a price. A detective inspector and a renegade who dishes out ‘justice’ for a local crime lord both find themselves involved in the hunt for a sadistic killer who is targeting vulnerable youngsters. As the pieces fall into place a shocking truth is revealed and the past offers frightening answers for the present. Very hard to put this book down.

I am a massive fan of horror and thriller writers and I saw Max talking about this at his launch event in Lyme. It took me 3 sessions to get through Blind Cupid and I was more than suitably entertained by this new author. It unwrapped a story about kids in care (something I know all about) and had some delightfully shocking scenes in it but nothing gratuitous at all. There was a particularly splendid twist which revealed itself towards the end and gave me a great sense of ‘Oh yes!’ when I read it. It’s sweary, it’s gritty and brilliantly real. I look forward to reading more from Max and heartily recommend the book.