Karen Long was born and raised in the English Midlands, read English Literature and Drama at Bangor University and later on studied Neurobiology with the Open University. She began her working life as a secondary school teacher but took up full time writing ten years ago. She has written numerous screenplays and is currently working on the ‘Eleanor Raven’ series of novels. Her first novel, ‘The Safe Word’ was published in January 2014 and was inspired by several stays in Toronto, Canada. The second in the series, 'The Vault' was published in December 2014 on Amazon.
She is an enthusiastic traveller dedicating considerable time to pursuing her lifelong obsession with the natural world. There is nothing too slimy, too scaly, too dangerous or toxic for her not to want to observe and photograph it badly. Her particular love is for the crow family and she has looked after and rehabilitated numerous rooks, magpies, carrion crows, jackdaws and raven.
The Safe Word
There are rules that every player of every game must abide by, no matter how dangerous the sport.
Toronto has become the backdrop to a macabre set of artistic installations: women kidnapped, tortured and horrifically displayed by a killer with a vision.
Only someone capable of understanding the killer’s creative desire will be able to stop the murders and D I Eleanor Raven is uniquely qualified. Driven by a complex personality she pursues only the facts, only the things she can see, but never casts a judgement.
But she also has a dark and dangerous secret – one that will threaten her very survival.
In the unrelenting heat of the Toronto summer, a fire at a land-fill site uncovers the remains of a local prostitute. But the post-mortem reveals disturbing details –the body has been preserved and is not who or what it seems.
DI Eleanor Raven is back on duty six months after barely surviving being kidnapped and tortured by a depraved serial killer. Work is her sanctuary but she’s carrying deep scars – mental as well as physical. Where do you go when the place you feel safest is also the place where you are most at risk?
As Eleanor battles her own demons, it looks as though a killer in the city is making a gruesome human collection. And Eleanor’s fight to save the last victim of the Collector becomes a battle to save herself.