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Debz Hobbs-Wyatt

While No One Was Watching

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1963, DALLAS, TEXAS, 12.30PM.
The US President, John F Kennedy, is assassinated
as his motorcade hits town, watched by crowds of spectators and the world’s media. Watching too from the grassy knoll nearby is a young mother who, in the confusion, lets go of her daughter’s hand. When she turns around the little girl has vanished. Fifty years later, when everyone remembers what they were doing at that moment in history, she is still missing. Who will remember her?
Local hack Gary Blanchet, inspired by the mother’s story, joins forces with former police psychic Lydia Collins to seek answers. Risking ridicule for their controversial theories and with a classroom shooting close to home to deal with, they re-examine the evidence from
that day, study footage and look at the official report for details of witnesses in the JFK case. But this time they’re not looking for a man in a crowd with a gun; they are looking for little Eleanor Boone.
Gone, while no one was watching? Maybe someone was.


‘Debz Hobbs-Wyatt is a brave woman…While No One Was Watching is an accomplished début that raises huge questions around secrecy, memory and the writing of history.’ A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

‘…a novel with heart, with substance, with compassion’ Glow Magazine

‘…a complex and rewarding thriller that successfully melds the personal with the political … a satisfying, well-crafted thriller’ Aniseed.com

‘Here we have richly drawn characters, plenty of tension and a fast pace ... there is a richness of language here that makes one think a little.’ Gill’s Recommended Reads

Author Bio
Debz Hobbs-Wyatt was born in Essex and now lives and works as a full time writer from her home in the mountains of Snowdonia. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bangor University and has had several short stories published. She won the 2013 Bath Short Story prize with ‘Learning to Fly’, has been nominated for the prestigious US Pushcart Prize 2013 and short listed for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013. While No One Was Watching is her debut novel.