Demelza Carlton’s Nightmares Trilogy
The Nightmares Trilogy is a disturbing tale of psychological suspense about Caitlin Lockyer, a girl dumped on a beach and left to die, and the man who found her – Nathan Miller.
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The box set includes the complete Nightmares Trilogy:
- Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer (#1)
- Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller (#2)
- Afterlife of Alanna Miller (#3)
Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer (#1)
Six months ago, Nathan’s sister was brutally murdered.
Now the former playboy desires only one thing: revenge.
Late at night, Nathan trudges down the beach where his sister’s body was found. He’s searching for answers, but all he finds is a new nightmare: another girl’s tortured body.
Only this one isn’t dead . . . yet.
The unlikely hero becomes the prime suspect. Saving Caitlin’s life was just the start. Nathan must win her trust and unlock the memories hidden in her nightmares to find out who’s really responsible, before it’s too late.
They took her away from me.
I mumbled a protest through the haze of pain and exhaustion that had turned me into little more than a zombie. I’ll never be able to watch a zombie movie again without remembering this night, I thought.
“It’s all right – we have to move her somewhere else to take care of her. She’s hurt worse than you,” I was told. “We need to treat you, too. There’s a gunshot wound in your shoulder.”
I couldn’t remember how long it had been since I’d last slept, so it took a few seconds to register what she’d said. Gunshot wound. My shoulder. Oh yeah, it hurt. I couldn’t help her ’til that was sorted. Hospital staff would take care of her until I was okay.
The pain began to dull as a local anaesthetic took effect. I turned to look at the mess of blood my right shoulder had become. The smell of disinfectant jolted my brain out of sleep and most of the way to alertness. All that blood and it was barely more than a graze. A few stitches would sort that.
One of the hospital staff held a clipboard while she spoke to two police officers just out of earshot. She nodded, looked grim and came over. She started firing questions at me.
“I was shot.”
“A homicidal lunatic with a gun and bad aim.”
The next question came tersely. “Her name?”
“What happened to her?”
“Looks like someone tried to kill her.”
“Was that you?”
“No, it was the homicidal lunatic and his mates, for all I know.”
“What’s your relationship to her?”
“Friend.” What the hell, I thought. She’d probably agree with that, for the moment, at least.
“There. Done.” The nurse stitching up my shoulder was cheerful, glad to be finished with me. “Now I’ll show you to your room – just overnight…”
“I want to see her.”
“She’s still in Emergency.”
“I want to see her,” I repeated.
“Only family are allowed. She’s in a critical condition…”
“Which is why I want to see her.”
“But you can’t…”
“Take me to where she is, now.”
Nurse Grim was reluctant, but Caitlin wasn’t that far away. Instead of a normal Emergency Department curtained cubicle, they’d put her in the room for child patients, with cheerful pictures and mobiles on the ceiling. Small though she was, I hadn’t made the mistake of thinking she was a child.
Nurse Grim stopped to speak in a low voice to an orderly outside. I accosted a nurse on her way out of Caitlin’s room.
“How is she?”
“She’s fighting us. Calls out for someone and tries to get up. We can’t do anything for her unless she calms down.”
I glanced inside and saw someone with a syringe, advancing on her. “Please – don’t hurt her!” I blurted out.
The orderly blocked my path. “You’re not family…”
“I’m the one she’s calling for.”
“You said your name was Nathan Miller, and…”
“But she doesn’t know that.” I pushed past him.
The syringe-wielding nurse stared at me, her mouth open. Caitlin struggled to sit up and grabbed the syringe from the distracted nurse. “Don’t let them hurt me again!” For an instant, I saw her face. Her eyes had hell in them.
I approached her slowly, looking deep into her tortured eyes, avoiding looking at the injuries that caused her so much pain. “I’m here. We’re in a hospital and they’re trying to help you.” I kept my voice calm and steady.
She sagged back against the bed as she took this in, her eyes never leaving mine. The syringe rolled across the floor as it slipped from her fingers.
“So… tired,” she managed to say, “but… scared to sleep. What if… I wake up… you’re gone and I’m still… there… with them?” She didn’t look away, even as her eyes filled with tears. “Please.”
“I’ll be here. When you wake up I’ll be here. Here, in hospital with you,” I promised recklessly, forcing myself to smile as I reached to touch her hair.
“Thank you,” she murmured, closing her eyes.
I waited until I was sure she was asleep before I said anything else. “You cut her hair off. She won’t like that.” Her long hair was now a short, dark cap that curled slightly around her ears.
“She didn’t,” came the nurse’s voice behind me. “That must have been what woke her up. But we couldn’t leave it – it was matted with blood and sand. We had to clean the wounds on her back. I’ve never seen so many ulcers, especially ones that bad. It’s a good thing she’s unconscious for this, because those must really hurt…”
She talked as she worked. I tried to keep my eyes firmly fixed on Caitlin’s sleeping face, so I didn’t see the extent of her injuries, but occasionally my eyes would stray to the subject of the nurse’s running commentary. Every time I wanted to close my eyes in horror at the thought of what Caitlin had been through, but I didn’t. Instead, I dragged my eyes back to her face.
When the nurse had finished with her now-cooperative patient, she said, “Now I’m taking her up to her room…”
“And I’m taking you to yours,” an orderly behind me chimed in.
“If you think you’re taking us to separate rooms, you’ve got another thing coming.”
Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller (#2)
Evil should never be necessary. Except when it is.
“And now in breaking news, Caitlin Lockyer has been found. In the early hours of this morning, a man discovered her body dumped on a south-west beach. A police spokesperson would not confirm whether the girl known as the Absent Angel is alive or dead…”
Caitlin wakes in hospital, her damaged body telling a brutal story of torture, kidnap and rape that she will never forget. Her only lifeline is Nathan, the mysterious man who saved her life and promised to protect her. But Nathan is a broken man, hounded by his own demons and secrets he can’t bear to tell.
Burning for retribution, Caitlin will stop at nothing to get her life back. Can she trust Nathan to help her – or will his past destroy them both?
Afterlife of Alanna Miller (#3)
Five years ago, Nathan’s world came crashing down. The witness protection program stole the woman he loved and now he’s lost everything – including hope that she’s still alive. His security job is a daily reminder of the girl he failed to protect, dragging him deeper into despair.
Forced to assume the identity of a dead girl, Caitlin struggles to rise from the ruins of the life she lost. A career change summons her home, but Perth isn’t the safe haven it seems. Someone is hunting her – one of her kidnappers, a long-lost relative or another terrorist with an axe to grind?
When nightmares from their past threaten to engulf Nathan and Caitlin, can a broken hero and a girl living another woman’s afterlife finally fight their way free?
Demelza Carlton Author Bio:
Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No – Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
The Ocean’s Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn’t leave her alone.
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