A contemporary crime thriller full of mystery and suspense, ‘The Journal’ takes the reader from the streets of modern day England to the battlefields of early twentieth century France. It is the First World War, April 1917, and on the eve of the Battle of Arras, in an underground holding area, a British soldier is found dead in suspicious circumstances, leaving his war weary commanding officer with a problem on how to investigate it so close to the action.
Fast forward to 2012 and to Northern England. As Danny Cooke, an average young man, is trying to come to terms with the sudden loss of his girlfriend in a hit and run accident, he is informed that he has been mentioned in the will of a member of the British aristocracy and must travel to London for the will reading. There he is given a seventy year old journal that will offer an explanation as to why he is one of the beneficiaries of the stranger’s fortune. Whilst in London, Danny is targeted by a professional contract killer and flees to Paris whilst the police detective assigned to the case carries out investigations and attempts to apprehend his attacker.
Safely in Paris, Danny reads the journal which he finds has been written by the aunt of the late baronet who was a member of the WVS during the Second World War. In it she reveals family secrets that leave Danny shell-shocked and with the realisation that things that happened in this strange family’s past have had a direct effect on his own life. With the killer in pursuit, Danny soon realises that moving to Paris may not have been such a good idea after all. With flashbacks to the First World War and the London Blitz, Danny must come to terms with his loss whilst trying to avoid a killer.