by Brooke Sivendra
A Deacon Thomas Novel
Publication Date: January 31, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Thriller
He dug his hands into the wet, muddy soil, searching for his murdered girlfriend’s remains, but what he found was something very different…
Deacon Thomas is facing his past and fighting for his future-for another chance at happiness. But when a dark secret emerges, one that shatters Marianne’s world, he will be forced to make a decision that will forever change his life.
Deacon couldn’t save Nicole, but he’s determined that history will not repeat itself.
This is his chance for redemption.
The Redemption is the second and final installment of the Deacon Thomas Duet.
The screen went blank and Deacon and James looked at each other, ashen.
“If that’s real,” Deacon said, breathless, “it’s going to kill her.”
“Oh, God,” James said, shaking his head. “I. . . I don’t even know what to say…” James looked as ill as Deacon felt and, as they walked down the corridor, the weight of telling Marianne something that was going to rip apart her world was anguishing.
James pressed his ear to Marianne’s bedroom door, paused, and gave a reluctant, heavy sigh. He opened it, peering around the door, and then disappeared inside. Deacon waited in the hallway and less than thirty seconds later James appeared. Marianne was a moment behind him.
She tightened her silk robe around her waist. “What is it?” she asked, her eyes darting between them.
Deacon led them to a bedroom across the hall. Without discussing it, Deacon knew they’d both been thinking the same thing. A bedroom was better than an office because they might need to lay Marianne down.
Deacon closed the door behind them and James motioned for her to sit on the edge of the bed.
“Ariel has released another video,” James said cautiously, sitting beside his sister. “It’s different, Marianne. And we don’t know if it’s true or not.”
Deacon passed James his cell phone, but before James played the video, he said, “We are here for you, Marianne. You are not alone in this.”
Her eyebrows knitted together and she looked up at Deacon. He nodded gently and James played the video.
Deacon didn’t look at it. Seeing it once was one time too many. Instead, he watched Marianne. At first she appeared wary, biting down on her lower lip. But as the video progressed, Deacon saw the color drain out of her face. Her hands began to tremble, her composure cracked.
The video finished but Marianne continued to stare at the screen, even when James pulled his hand away.
“I promise you, Marianne, we’ll find her,” James said.
Marianne didn’t respond but continued to stare vacantly.
Deacon kneeled on the floor in front of her, directly in her line of sight. At first she looked right through him but then she shuddered, like he’d startled her. Deacon could see it all crashing down on her like a violent storm.
“I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe!” she said, clutching her chest.
“It’s okay,” Deacon said, taking her hand but she didn’t seem to hear him.
“I can’t. . . I can’t. . .” She staggered as she stood.
Deacon saw her eyes roll back and he lunged forward, grabbing her as she collapsed.
“I’ve got her,” Deacon said, holding her in his arms. He lifted her, surprised by how light and fragile she felt. He laid her on the bed while James went to get a cold towel and the syringes they kept prepared at all times.
Deacon took Marianne’s hand and squeezed it, wishing he could take away her pain. But he couldn’t, and he feared how much more was to come.
They say time heals all wounds, but that’s a lie. . .
Seven years ago, Deacon Thomas’s girlfriend was brutally murdered. Every single day, he lives with the crushing truth-they killed her to get to him. Time hasn’t healed his wounds. Not even a little. But he’s found one way to survive: to suppress the memories of her-the good and the bad.
Until now. One image changes everything, and whether he wants to or not, life is going to force him to face his past. But life is also going to give him something else: a second chance at happiness-if he can find the strength to forgive himself.
About Brooke Sivendra
Brooke Sivendra lives in Adelaide, Australia with her husband and two furry children-Milly, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and Lara, a massive Great Dane who is fifty pounds heavier than Brooke and thinks she is a lap dog!
Brooke has a degree in Nuclear Medicine and worked in the field of medical research before launching her first business at the age of twenty-six. This business grew to be Australia’s premier online shopping directory and Brooke recently sold it to focus on her writing.