Douglas Petty is a man who enjoys his reputation as an unreconstructed male with a penchant for too much wine and too many women. Inheriting his father's eccentric estate and dog sanctuary quietened him a little, and marriage to Amy a little more. Even so, it seemed out of character for him a sue a tabloid newspaper for libel when it printed a scurrilous story about him. His lawyers told him he had a good chance of winning the case, mainly because Amy's testimony would clearly refute the story. But then Amy is involved in a horrendous train crash and while the authorities assume she died in the resulting fire, there is no body to prove it. And if she wasn't killed why has she disappeared and, with no money and no other family, where is she? In a story of mesmerising suspense, Amy slowly reveals why she cannot return to her beloved home, and why she can never escape from the lies she was told as a child.
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The recent train disasters in Britain provide the inspiration for the story of Amy Petty who walks away from a wrecked train and lets her husband believe that she is dead. He is embroiled in a libel case and has asked two top barristers to prepare his case. To them he appears uncouth, foul mouthed and lacking in judgment - he too was a barrister before he was sacked for disgracing himself in public. A rich man, he now lives in some style in a country house where he continues to run the dog sanctuary started by his father and , following the terms of the will, takes financial care of his mother and step sister. Amy seems to have everything she needs and witnesses say she loved dogs yet she abandoned the sanctuary, her home and her husband. This puzzle is at the heart of the book, becoming more and more difficult to unravel as Fyfield builds up a picture of Amy's habits and personality,her past and present life. This is the author's strength: the patient and skilful creation of totally believable characters who horrify or ensnare the reader's affection. As the shadowy dangers appear more menacing we fear and dread what might happen and the suspense becomes almost unbearable. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Frances Fyfield
Frances Fyfield has spent much of her professional life practising as a criminal lawyer, work which has informed her highly acclaimed crime novels. She has been the recipient of both the Gold and Silver Crime Writers' Association Daggers. She is also a regular broadcaster on Radio 4, most recently as the presenter of the series 'Tales from the Stave'. She lives in London and in Deal, overlooking the sea which is her passion.