Ex-chef’s thriller puts a cross next to the ‘innocent’ tag

The debut novel by a RETIRED headteacher aims to make readers think about the label ‘innocent’ commonly associated with children.

David Hudson spent over 40 years in the classroom and head office in Rotherham, eventually earning an OBE for his services to education.

Her new book, Missing Joan, aims to provide insight into the problems teenagers can cause, especially their parents.

Former Wickersley boss David explained: “I had the idea for the characters in the book and wanted to explore the concept of innocence and guilt as applied to children.

“Adults often describe children as ‘innocent’ and superficial thinking can lead these adults to imagine that children never do anything particularly bad or wrong.

“Indeed, we are shocked when they do.

“Missing Joan’s teenagers are inexperienced and to that extent they are innocent and they will hopefully behave as teenagers are expected to behave.

“But they are also manipulative, self-centered and selfish, and guilty of causing untold grief to the adults in their lives.

“I wanted to explore adults’ need to protect and forgive children no matter what.”

Missing Joan is a multi-layered thriller that follows the fortunes of single mother and detective Julie Marsden as she investigates a kidnapping and murder.

Plagued by her parental inadequacies, the 40-year-old gets involved with a suspect.

And a web of intrigue is soon woven as past and current friendships are questioned and thrown into doubt.

David added: “Chief Inspector Julie Marsden is 40 and knows she’s overweight and short of looks – and she’s convinced she’s the world’s worst mother.

“Her belligerent 16-year-old daughter and her useless ex-husband Dennis seem to be causing problems hour after hour, and her love life is non-existent.

“Her job is her favorite haunt and the kidnappings and murders on her land have suddenly catapulted her into the realm of major crimes.

“And just at this hectic and stressful time, she met a man she knows she can love.

“Michael Lloyd must be a suspect in this most important case of his career and he is his daughter’s manager.

“Julie shouldn’t be romantically involved – she shouldn’t, but she does.”

David has said throughout his career as a chemistry teacher, director and chief executive of the Academy Trust, that he always had an ambition to write.

Now retired, the father of two is currently putting the finishing touches on a Missing Joan sequel.

For more details, visit Amazon and search for David Hudson, where Missing Joan’s paperback and Kindle formats are both available.

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