Ring Fenced
Sex. Money. Power. Control. Benjamin wants it all.

He is Bennie, a loving husband and father; Benjie, a beloved son. He climbs the ladder as Ben, a corporate banker, and rakes in money as a bestselling author. And when he wants to escape it all, Benjamin styles himself as Jamie — the lover of a beautiful musician.

His life, in a word, is perfect. But after years of keeping his separate personae a secret, cracks begin to appear in the fa├žade.

When an unexpected series of events topples Benjamin’s carefully crafted world, his separate lives collide with dire consequences.

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This excerpt has Benjamin, in the guise of Bennie, returns home to find his wife, Natasha, distraught. He’s defensive, initially fearful she’s discovered some of his secrets.

Bennie could tell immediately something was wrong. The children were sitting quietly in the lounge, transfixed, watching a carton on DVD. Tash was sitting at the table, seemingly staring at the blank wall. Her eyes were red and puffy. His heart sank. What had happened? What had she found out?
“What’s wrong?” he heard himself call out, without thinking.
Hearing his voice, Harry and Tammy abandoned their search for Nemo and ran over to embrace him, Tash hadn’t even looked up.
“Mummy’s been cutting onions,” Tammy explained. “She’s got sore eyes and just needs to rest,” she added.  This was obviously the explanation Tash had given to Tammy to cover for her indisposition. Harry said nothing but looked less than convinced. There was no indication, either by look or smell, to suggest there had been any cooking or food preparation going on. The children hugged their Daddy and each took turns at telling him about their days. Bennie feigned his attention although noted they had been given the most unusual treat of being taken to get a Macdonald’s carry out ‘Happy Meal’ for their dinner. Although he’d not had much doubt before, he now knew for certain something was seriously wrong. Tash hated the children eating from fast food restaurants.  He kept looking across to check on her. Now a bit more aware, she signalled they needed to talk after the children were in bed.
Being a Friday, with no school tomorrow, Harry and Tammy were in the habit of staying up late and spending extra time with their parents. However, on this Friday they must have sensed the tension and needed little encouragement to go to their beds before 9.00 pm. Bennie took them up, tucked them into bed, read stories to each of them and then, with laboured and uncertain steps he returned to the lounge.
Tash hadn’t moved and was still sitting at the table. While she had tried to suppress her feelings in front of the children, now they’d gone to bed, she was overcome by great wracking sobs.
Bennie was shocked. He had never seen her like this. Even after her grandmother died, she’d been controlled and composed in her grief. It wasn’t uncommon to see her cry after seeing a particularly sentimental movie or sometimes watching horrific scenes of suffering on a news item or documentary, but it was nothing like this. He was restless and his skin felt damp, despite the perfectly temperature controlled environment. He was most uncomfortable fearing discovery of his extra-marital activities may have been the cause; he fought the temptation to run.
Figuring attack may be the best form of defence, he probed, “For god’s sake woman, what’s going on?”
Her reply was almost incomprehensible through the blubbering, “It’s awful. I can’t bring myself to tell you. I’m so sorry.”
Bennie didn’t know very much more but realised, at least, he was off the hook. His attitude softened and he leant over and hugged Tash, easing her head onto his shoulder,

Author Bio –
Having the background of a successful career in commerce and finance, Zach Abrams has spent many years writing reports, letters and presentations and it's only fairly recently he started writing novels. "It's a more honourable type of fiction," he declares.

Writer of the Alex Warren Murder Mystery series, set in Scotland, Zach has also written the psychological thriller 'Ring Fenced' and the financial thriller 'Source', as well as collaborating with Elly Grant on a book of short stories. 

Zach is currently producing a non-fiction series to help small businesses -using the collective title 'Mind Your Own Business'. The first, 'So, You Think You Want to be a Landlord' is already available.

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