Hannah Harker has been broken in every way imaginable and her daughter is being held hostage by deranged eugenicist Sir Virgil Rothwell. Fleeing from a Swiss hospital and supported by reluctant allies, she is forced into a relentlessly bloody cat-and-mouse chase across Europe. While she runs, Rothwell's warped dream to create a master race is becoming a reality. Madness and death have gripped India, and a global pandemic is just weeks away. Hannah's inner demons prove just as fierce as the killers chasing her. She gradually realises that the only route to redemption will be to stop Rothwell and rescue her child. Summoning the last of her strength, the hunted becomes the hunter. A flickering relationship with her Brazilian companion hints at a possible future, but darkness is never far away. In a final, barbaric showdown, Hannah is put through an unspeakable nightmare that pushes her far beyond the limits of physical, mental and emotional endurance. Even if she survives, will there be anything left to identify her as human?
"The search for love, sanity and salvation becomes a sickening marathon of depravity."
James Howell (born 1978) is a former journalist and author of the Disturbed Girl series of novels.
His experiences while working on a local newspaper in Essex, England, and on national newspapers in London, inspired the adventures of anti-hero Hannah Harker in the novels.
Howell’s debut novel, A Disturbed Girl's Guide to Curing Boredom, follows the story of local reporter Harker as she gradually grows insane in her quest to find excitement at all costs.
Published by Amygdala Press in June 2011, the debut is a "harrowing, savage and sexual exploration of a broken mind" and has attracted nearly 50,000 fans on the official Facebook page. In January 2013 it was named 7th in Really TV's top 10 must-read erotic novels of all time.
The sequel, A Disturbed Girl Implodes, continues Hannah's demented adventures and was published by Amygdala Press in May 2012.
The final part of the trilogy, A Disturbed Girl’s Redemption, was published in autumn 2013.
In late 2012, London-based electronic music artist Mush No Candy collaborated with Howell to produce a unique soundtrack to accompany the novels, which was the subject of a BBC radio programme.
Howell recently launched "Disturbed Girl Productions" to develop screenplays into short films. The debut presentation is "Amber's Haunt", which was released in 2015.
In another example of Disturbed Girl's multi-media appeal, leading Dutch photographer Look J Boden has recently created a unique portfolio of portraits depicting Hannah Harker in various scenes from the novel A Disturbed Girl’s Guide to Curing Boredom.
Back at the keyboard, Howell is currently working on an anthology of short stories called "Guinea Pigs".
Aside from writing, Howell is a keen diver, amateur sailor, abysmal skier and occasional romantic. He has travelled extensively in the pursuit of fortune and glory, with extended periods in South America, India and Asia, but finds himself always returning home to the shores of Southend-on-Sea in the UK.
He would like the track Avril 14th by Aphex Twin to be played at his funeral.