Book: Deadly Pattern
Series Name: The Dana Mulder Suspense Series Book 1
Author: N Gray
Genre: Thriller, Suspense
Find It: Amazon
Deadly Patterns reveal disturbing truths.
My name is Dana, I’m a private investigator and hired to find a missing woman. Thinking it would be a straightforward case like all my others, instead, I’m thrust into a web of kidnappings, deceit, and murder.
The investigation leads me to a prominent doctor who abducts his patients after their surgery, but all the evidence is circumstantial. With the help of my detective brother and his partner, we discover more bodies and link cold cases where we establish a similar MO.
During the investigation, the man who left me for dead is back and wants more.
Can I solve the mystery before we find another body, and before I become the target of a savage maniac intent on making me his?
A fast-paced suspense thriller with unforgettable characters and spine-chilling suspense, DEADLY PATTERN is book #1 in a gripping new series that will leave you turning pages late into the night.
BIANCA STRETCHED HER LEGS. THAT FAMILIAR click in her right knee sent a jolt of pain up her leg; the movement caused her to move her upper body, and pain from her shoulder made her wince. She relaxed one muscle at a time, and, after a few seconds, the pain dissipated. Having another scar once she’d healed wasn’t comforting, but it was just another scar to add to the one that went down her right leg.
When Bianca had first arrived at the hospital, she had shared a room with another patient before being wheeled into surgery. Now she had a private room and wondered whether her insurance had approved it in full, because she didn’t have money to pay the difference should there be an outstanding balance.
Her room was clean with the standard eggshell-colored walls, starched bedding, and repulsive hospital smell—disinfectant mixed with body odor and the lingering stench of a corpse or two.
Her shoulder throbbed, and the joint felt tight. She tried to move it, but it was strapped tightly in a sling against her body. It was an old sports injury that had worsened when she had fallen. She couldn’t remember how she had fallen on the sidewalk; she was walking one second, the next thing she had woken in the back of someone’s truck. The kind man had offered to take her to the hospital. The next day, she was scheduled for a rotator cuff repair.
Gently massaging against the bandage on her shoulder, she felt something, and wondered whether the orthopedic surgeon had done an arthroscopy as he had promised or if he had gone full on butcher on her arm. She shuddered at the thought.
Footsteps sounded; a light knock on the door was followed by a nurse beaming at Bianca as she entered. “Morning, my name is Mary, and I’ll tend to you today. How ya feeling?” The nurse wore a tight white bun on top of her head, had clear crystal-blue eyes, and a warm smile to match her happy demeanor. She carried a blood pressure monitor and reached for Bianca’s arm. Her powdery perfume wafted in behind her, causing Bianca to stifle a sneeze.
“Okay, I guess. When will I see the doctor?” Bianca sat up, using her uninjured arm. Her right arm throbbed in the sling as she moved even though she kept it still. She leaned against the pillow, breathless. She could stay where she was. She didn’t have the strength to sit all the way upright; that position was as good as it would get.
“He’s busy with other patients, but you’ll see him soon,” Mary said while leaning Bianca forward, fluffed her pillows then helped her lay back again. “You comfy now?”
Bianca nodded. “And my dad, is he here yet?”
“No, but I’ll send him in the moment he gets here.” Mary squeezed her knee through the starched bedding. “Don’t fret. I’m sure he’ll visit you soon.” She cocked her head with a sympathetic smile. “You hungry?”
“Not really. Maybe thirsty.” Bianca felt blood drain from her face. The sudden movements didn’t agree with her, and bile rose, which she swallowed, tasting the bitter aftereffects of the anesthesia.
Mary smiled knowingly. “It’s just the morphine. It makes patients a little nauseated soon after the procedure. Don’t panic with what I’m about to do.” Mary lifted the bleached covers. “I’m just going to remove the catheter.”
Bianca felt a gentle tug on her lower body but didn’t notice the little tube leaving her. She did have an overwhelming need to urinate though.
Mary unhooked the bag from the side of her bed and placed it on the trolley that stood against the far wall.
Bianca relaxed, hoping the feeling would disappear, but it didn’t, and she needed to go. “Okay, I need the bathroom now.” Bianca slowly sat upright.
Mary smiled, pulled the covers all the way back and helped her off the bed.
Bianca wobbled slightly, but Mary steadied and guided her to the small bathroom in the corner.
Once Bianca was done and back in bed, Mary left the room but returned after a few seconds, wheeling a trolley full of food and a glass of juice to Bianca’s bedside. She set the plate of food onto the over-bed table with cutlery and a plastic cup with three capsules. “Eat.” She sat in the chair beside the bed and watched intently.
“Are you going to watch me eat the whole time?” Bianca lifted the lid to see scrambled eggs and toast.
“They say eggs and dry toast go down easier on the first day. Don’t mind me. I’m here to ensure you’re okay and can eat something before you take your pain meds.” She jerked her chin at the plastic cup holding the capsules.
Bianca ate slowly and sipped even slower on the orange juice then paused until the nausea passed before she continued eating.
Mary watched Bianca the entire time. Frosted-colored eyes gleamed at her once she finished. “Now for your medicine, it’ll help with the pain. I promise.” Mary pushed the plastic cup closer along with the half-full glass of orange juice.
Bianca swallowed one capsule at a time, finishing the orange juice.
Mary removed the plate and glass and handed her the remote for the television against the wall opposite her bed.
She flicked through the channels—all six of them—eventually stopping on a cartoon about a mouse. Bianca’s eyelids felt heavy. Her skin tingled, and her body relaxed one muscle at a time. The medication took its hold on her.
When Mary closed the door behind her, Bianca’s eyes fluttered open, alarmed when she heard the door shut with a distinct sound of a lock turning.
Bianca’s heart hammered against her chest. Why was she locked in?
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About the Author
N Gray is a South African author living in Cape Town. During the day, she is a spreadsheet wizard, creating dashboards, and tables with trending analysis in search of any anomalies. (Yes, she still has a day job). At night, she types on her curved keyboard creating fictional characters that some may love, and others you want to kill yourself. And for fun, she goes to the beach with her daughter and hubby, or take the fur babies for a walk.
She writes in multiple genres; her first three books are collections of short stories ranging from light horror to paranormal and a thriller.
In 2019, she released her first full-length novel, Ulysses Exposed, centering around Blaire Thorne, an assassin with amnesia who hunts and kills the monsters in Sterling Meadow.
In 2020, she joined other USA Today Bestselling authors to produce the Notorious Minds Boxset. Her contribution, Nightcrawler, is exclusive to this boxset and is the prequel to her Dana Mulder thriller series.
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