{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.
Get Free Copy

93 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copies left
You can choose from our best books below
Linda Tincu would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Quiet Refuge (Abigail Fairchild Book 1)

By Linda Tincu All Rights Reserved ©

Mystery / Thriller

Blurb

Abi and Becca discover a murdered girl in a tunnel just moments before a deadly tornado buries them with the corpse. Searching for a way to the surface, they begin a journey that leads to terror and death. After stumbling into the underground lair of a secret society, they are abducted, escape, and run for their lives through a wild forest. Just when they think the danger has passed an unexpected twist proves that safety at home with family is a mirage. Quiet Refuge is a mystery action thriller that will appeal to fans of suspense, racial problems, mysterious disappearances, deaths, tornadoes, false accusations, small towns, Alabama, and heroes and heroines who fight for what is right – no matter the consequences. Fans of A Time to Kill and The Bone Collector will love this action thriller that will take your breath away. -imlovingbooks.com WHAT READERS ARE SAYING Quiet Refuge is action packed with a dramatic twist in almost every chapter. Even with two teenage girls as the main characters, this book will capture the attention of adults. A tornado, kidnappings, a jailbreak and the violence that marked the civil rights struggle in 1960’s Alabama all come together in this novel.”

Prologue The Crime April 1964

Shadows dappled the hallway; ambient light streamed in from adjacent rooms. Rayland Nichols paced, his mind raced as he searched for possible solutions. He would not take the fall for this; it was not his fault. The whole mess was out of his control. If anyone was to blame it was her, she didn’t follow the rules. Anger boiled in him. Where the hell was that idiot? He looked around for Lester.

“There you are what the—?”

“I had to take a whiz,” Lester appeared around the corner zipping up his pants. “Where is she?”

“I told you to guard—oh never mind.” Rayland bit off the remark, why criticize him now? It didn’t matter anymore. “There was a problem.”

“What kind of problem?”

Rayland didn’t answer. First, he wanted to find the right words.

“What happened? Is she okay?”

“Les, calm down and listen to me.”

Rayland held Lester with a grip on each arm. He could smell the cigarettes on his breath and team jacket. He waited for his friend to focus on him. “There was a—well an accident. She forced me to defend myself—stupid bitch. It’s not as if I planned to hurt her, but she tried to knee me.” Rayland’s eyes slid away.

“So, she went home mad?” Lester’s face showed disappointment.

“No, dumb ass, she did not go home mad,” Rayland scoffed. “She’s still in there.”

Lester tore out of Rayland’s grip and charged to the end of the hallway. Rayland watched as he flung open the door, turned on the light and stepped into the small closet under the stairs. “Julene? No. No No! This is not happening. Wake up Julene. Please, open your eyes.”

Rayland followed and stood in the doorway. Lester on his knees pulled the limp girl against his chest. Her head dangled, lifeless.

Lester’s shoulders slumped when he comprehended she was dead. He looked up at Rayland there was no mistaking the accusation and rage in his expression. “Why? You said she’d be mine.”

“I told you it was an accident.” Rayland frowned at him, torn between self-preservation and sympathy for his friend. “Look, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt her. I just reacted and pushed her. Her head slammed against the wall. I’ll find you another girl. Haven’t I always taken care of you? Come on buddy, help me move her now.”

“We have to take her home.” Lester’s eyes pooled, the tears creased his cheeks.

Surprised at the depth of feeling Lester showed for the girl, Rayland softened his tone. “Les, you need to listen to what I’m saying, now.”

Lester raised his head and looked at Rayland. A flash of menace in his expression before his eyes deadened.

“You can’t carry her limp body through the school. Think about it. We’ll both end up in jail. She’s gone, we need to save ourselves. Please, Les, help me put her in the tunnel.”

“Huh? —No Rayland, it’s dark, and we won’t be able to get to her after they lock the doors. I will not leave her there.”

“She won’t care. We need to hide her. It’s temporary, I promise, we’ll come back for her later tonight. I know where there’s another entrance.”

Get Free Copy
0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Next Chapter
Chapters
1. Prologue The Crime April 1964
Further Recommendations

Barbara Zavela: Do you know the song, 'Imagine' by John Lennon?If you had a chance for a world like the one described in that song, would you grab it with both hands or turn away and reject it.This story pulls you in from the beginning with well-written scenarios. The author offers you the opportunity to bring y...

borkarprasad: Nicely laid story. Needed a little more ghost and Raven conversations. Initially, Had everyone on suspect list but satisfied by the precision to capture the killer. Waiting for more Raven and Cade adventures.

Tony Lee: Read this during my 7-hour flight. You've done a great job describing each situation, but I believe there is room for improvement. Also, the ending was a bit abrupt and I think the last part where Terry Hunter was brought in again (slight spoiler) wasn't really necessary.. But overall the story k...

NRF: I love this story, it has a little bit of everything in it, mystery, adventure, murder, innocence, love and a surprise twist that will leave you hungry for more! Great read! NRF

Marimar Amieva: I just can't believe the story! I absolutely loved it, all of it. The characters and their chemistry between them, and the fact that they are relatable. The story also has some sick plot twists, which I never saw coming. I loved the fact that it is an adorable love story but has its mystery touc...

Kashaf Azmat: The concept is excellent everything is well defined that you can picture the whole scenario which makes you feel connected to the plot and this is the thing that catches my eye and this what i am looking for in every novel.Keep it up

nikole carr: After starting and stopping several books tonight, this book caught my attention from the very beginning and i stayed up until 6 a.m. to finish reading. The plot has many twists and the sexual scenes keep it interesting, too. im a florida native so the Caribbean location is fun to read about. th...

Tavis Ryan King: "What Happened to Charlie Carmine" is a fabulous mo-gee-toe cocktail fuelled midget orgy of psychology, fantasy and sarcasm. I laughed out loud when reading this novel so many times it made the London commuters I shared space with look at me with curious disdain - and I did not care.The protagoni...

Felisa Yoder Osburn: I really enjoyed the story. Civil War stories are some of my favorites and the intertwining of the past with current times was wonderful. I look forward to reading the next stories.

More Recommendations

Krupa Kataria: the detailing is really awesome ....the characters, ur plots jst too Awsm ,m waiting for the further chapters please do complete it ...like m really craving for those ones ...great job with words too ..please complete the further parts ...

kim: This is great! Maybe it could just be a little more specific. One of the keys to great writing is describing things in detail. I think you're off to a great start. I wish you much luck.

Kaitlyn Bier: This is a great story! I love how well you go into detail and emotions of Capri, and Mel. You have amazing dialogue and overall it's just a thrill to read!The only critique I could find is that some of the paragraphs should be separated. For example:-"If Nia would have just let me take the car an...

Jessica: This is a story that I could not stop reading. It is amazing how everything flowed together and what happened in this book is one that I would not have expected. Very talented author and a great read.

Dee: It’s been two years since Lilly lost her best friend to a vicious random shooting. Now, after a prestigious university extends her an offer of study, she has the chance to start afresh and leave all her demons behind. But the last thing she expects is to meet Elliot. He's a criminal. She's hasn'...

rachelrainford6: This probably has to be one of the best books I've read on here. I read it quite quickly and I'll have to say the story took a turn towards the end that I did not see coming. The topic discussed in this book such as life really gave me a new insight and I realize that it is taken for granted.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.