When journalist Laurie Forbes turns up on Beth Ashby's doorstep, minutes after Beth's husband, political high-flier Colin Ashby, has been arrested for murder, neither can even begin to guess the shocking repercussions that have just been triggered in both their lives.
Beth attempts to escape from her shattered life by throwing herself into the kind of reckless high-living that seems destined for disaster, while Laurie finds herself being threatened, terrorised and even taken prisoner for what she knows.
As the dangerous truth draws closer, Laurie realises that if she is to save Beth from those already preparing to destroy her, she must put her trust in hated rival journalist Elliot Russell and face up to a ghost from the past.
An overwhelming page count and a sluggish pace flaw this otherwise engrossing novel of love and lies. High-profile government official Colin Ashby lives in London with his devoted wife, Beth, and pays court to a series of mistresses. When Colin is arrested in the murder of his latest lover, Beth is heartbroken, but she stands by Colin's claim of innocence. Laurie Forbes, an aspiring journalist, is also certain there's a coverup going on. After being warned off the story several times, Laurie seeks the help of her nemesis: handsome fellow journalist Elliot Russell. While Laurie tries to uncover the truth, Beth hides from it by adopting an entirely new life as writer Ava Montgomery. Laurie's character development alone could have made a great novel, but too many stories and too much information wreck the page-turning potential of this involved romantic mystery.