The basis for DEEP WATER, now a major ITV TV series, starring Anna Friel.
If you slept with a stranger for money, who'd really end up paying?
'A page-turning thriller with heart' Renée Knight, author of Disclaimer
We all think we know who we are.
What we’re capable of.
Roz is a single mother, a physiotherapist, a sister, a friend. She’s also desperate.
Her business has gone under, she’s crippled by debt and she’s just had to explain to her son why someone’s taken all their furniture away.
But now a stranger has made her an offer. For one night with her, he’ll pay enough to bring her back from the edge.
Roz has a choice to make.
'A big-hearted, empathetic novel about ordinary lives and the tremors that can rock them' Guardian
You'd think that with single mom Roz Toovey's furniture already repossessed, her anxious nine-year-old son stealing money at school, and eviction looming, her situation couldn't get much worse but it decidedly does in this disappointing downer from CWA Gold Dagger Award finalist Daly (Keep Your Friends Close). Despite her labors as a physiotherapist in England's Lake District, Roz can't see a way out from under the ever-compounding debt racked up by her feckless estranged husband. That is, until wealthy married patient Scott Elias makes her a tantalizingly lucrative and indecent proposal. Things start to get really complicated when, first, Roz's boss, Wayne, stumbles into the arrangement; she then meets an eligible man she likes who happens to be Scott's brother-in-law. Though the plot starts to pick up speed about halfway through, which is around the time Wayne goes missing, by then there's been enough of Roz's largely dreary daily life that some readers may decide not to proceed further.
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The Mistake I Made
This was a real page turner. I 'Ve never read a book so quickly, totally spellbinding. Can't wait to read more of Paula's work.