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Only The Innocent

By Rachel Abbott

Every second of Sir Hugo Fletcher’s lifestyles has been chronicled within the British press: his privileged upbringing, his high-profile charity paintings to finish human trafficking—even his marriages. but if the billionaire philanthropist is chanced on murdered in his London domestic, tied bare to a mattress, the scandal is just a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera.

Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian holiday to discover her husband lifeless and her domestic lower than siege via paparazzi. Is she surprised? certain. yet is she distraught? now not precisely. particularly while leader Inspector Tom Douglas finds his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is lady. Laura regularly knew she wasn’t the single lady in Hugo’s existence. and he or she understands she wasn’t the one one with a cause to kill.

The deeper Douglas digs, the extra sordid information about Hugo Fletcher he uncovers. And but not anything compares to the key Laura guards, a mystery which could carry the responsible to justice—or smash an blameless existence forever.

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I feel I’ll visit mattress now, if that’s ok with you. ’ ‘That’s totally nice. i'm hoping you sleep good. ’ Hugo smiled, yet there wasn’t a hint of heat in it. after all, I couldn’t sleep in any respect. I tossed and grew to become for a number of hours, then I heard a valid. An strange sound during this condo, and it looked to be coming from the room round the corner. It used to be the muffled yet unmistakable sound of laughter. I listened rigorously. was once it laughter, or was once Hugo possibly hearing the radio in there? The partitions of this condominium have been thick, yet i may simply make out the resonance of a man’s deep voice, and the tinkle of high-pitched laughter. I grabbed my towelling bathrobe, tied it tightly around my waist, and opened the door to the hallway. by means of this time, i used to be truly wishing that I’d inebriated the wine simply because i used to be confronted with a type of infrequent moments of indecision. I knew that I didn’t are looking to see what used to be at the back of the door as the wisdom may have inevitable results, yet I additionally knew I couldn’t forget about it. I became the deal with, and lightly driven the door open. the following moments have been too bad to place into phrases. I couldn’t cease myself gasping in horror. after all, Hugo heard me. He confirmed no signal of embarrassment in any respect as he grew to become in the direction of me, bare and erect. in its place he mocked me. ‘Ah, Laura. As consistently I see you’ve come to damage the thrill. Or do you want to affix us, my pricey? ’ I don’t understand how lengthy it used to be sooner than i discovered my voice. I couldn’t cover its tremor, even though, and that i struggled to regulate an urge to scream. ‘Hugo, i need to talk to you presently please. In my room. i could have spent the final 5 years giving into you on every little thing yet no longer this, Hugo. by no means this. ’ ‘Well, as you will see that Laura, I’m a bit busy. I’ll come and check with you later, in the event you insist. ’ Shaking with rage and revulsion, I simply stared at him. He learn my brain. He knew precisely what my subsequent stream will be. He sighed theatrically. ‘You are so tedious and provincial, Laura. I don’t take kindly to blackmail yet I see that in this celebration i've got no selection. i'll be with you inside ten mins when you may well face up to being predictable for that lengthy? ’ with no one other notice, I grew to become and left the room. i used to be trembling violently. when I waited for Hugo, i may believe my fury and disgust construction. For years Hugo had made me query each inspiration I’d had. yet for as soon as - simply this as soon as - I knew i used to be correct. Now i used to be going to reveal him for precisely what he used to be. And he knew it. eventually Hugo flung open the door to my room. Now wearing a couple of black trousers and a startlingly white blouse, he had evidently made up our minds that assault was once the easiest kind of defence. ‘What do you're thinking that you’re doing, Laura, barging in the place you’re now not sought after? i can't tolerate it. ’ i used to be furious. and that i was once unlikely to go into reverse. ‘That was once the main revolting, sickening factor that i've got ever noticeable, Hugo. i do know you might have a major challenge with intercourse, yet to do what you have been doing is simply… i'm misplaced for phrases. No I’m now not. Perverted. There’s a be aware. an outstanding be aware, really.

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