'One of the great unmissables of this genre - intelligent, classy and with a wonderfully Gothic imagination' - The Times
He's not your son. It's not up to you to save him. But you have to try.
After escaping London and a career that nearly destroyed her, Justine plans to spend her days doing as little as possible in her beautiful home in Devon.
But soon after the move, her daughter Ellen starts to withdraw when her new best friend, George, is unfairly expelled from school. Justine begs the head teacher to reconsider, only to be told that nobody's been expelled - there is, and was, no George.
Then the anonymous calls start: a stranger, making threats that suggest she and Justine share a traumatic past and a guilty secret - yet Justine doesn't recognise her voice. When the caller starts to talk about three graves - two big and one small, to fit a child - Justine fears for her family's safety.
If the police can't help, she'll have to eliminate the danger herself, but first she must work out who she's supposed to be...
Former TV producer Justine Merrison, the narrator of this confusing standalone from Hannah (Woman with a Secret), leaves London for Devon, where she vows that doing nothing will be her new occupation. Justine's opera singer husband, Alex, and their 14-year-old daughter, Ellen, settle in with her at Speedwell House. Trouble starts when Justine receives the first in a series of increasingly threatening phone calls from an anonymous woman, who purports to know something unsavory in her past. Meanwhile, Ellen is furiously writing a mystery story for school about the murderous Ingrey family, who live in a house suspiciously reminiscent of Speedwell. Justine worries about the tale's grisly content, but she's distracted by news from school that Ellen's new best friend, George Donbavand, has been unfairly expelled. Later, the school authorities inform Justine that George doesn't exist. In the first in a series of implausible plot twists, Justine discovers potential links between the mysterious Donbavand family and Ellen's story. So much is going on that even dedicated readers will struggle to make sense of it all.
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Have never been so disappointed by a Sophie Hannah novel. Quite simply the most tedious and ridiculous story I’ve ever struggled through.