The Story Behind It Ends Here by Willow Rose

04 Mar 2019

By Willow Rose

This novel is the 10th installment in the million-copy bestselling Rebekka Franck Mystery Series. It’s a stand-alone mystery, but if you want to know more about the background of the main characters, then I suggest you begin with the first book in the series, One, Two…He Is Coming For You.

The story in It Ends Here begins with every parent’s worst nightmare!. We follow a mother, Mrs. Cunningham, as she goes inside a store for a few minutes, and when she comes back out to her car, her 5-year-old boy that she left on the backseat is missing.

Reporter Rebekka Franck is traveling to Webster in central Florida to interview a famous author when the body of this young boy turns up inside of an abandoned house. The death of the boy leaves the small town of Webster horror-stricken. Forty years ago, another little boy was found killed in that exact same house.

This novel, like many others that I have written, is inspired by real events.  In 1968 a girl named Mary Bell killed two boys in England together with her friend. She was later convicted of these murders and served 12 years in prison.

When she was released, she gained court-ordered protection of her identity so Mary Bell could start a new life, but it was later revealed who she was and her daughter learned the truth about her mother in 1998 when the media besieged the house. After that, it was ruled by a judge that the press was banned from writing anything that could reveal her identity.

The judge then added: “We don’t want to visit the sins of the mother on the child.” I found that to be an interesting statement, which grew to be the foundation of this book.

I then combined her story with the story of an author who had also been convicted of a murder when she was a child, and her identity was exposed when they suddenly made the movie called Heavenly Creatures about her. She had changed her name and moved to another part of the world, but it still caught up with her, which I also found to be very interesting.

If you want to know more, you can read about both stories here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Bell

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12296872.mary-bells-daughter-learns-the-awful-truth-court-move-to-protect-identity/

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/nov/12/crimebooks.features11

I hope you’ll enjoy the book.

Willow Rose is the author of the new book  It Ends Here

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