'Outstanding. The best thriller in years' MARTINA COLE
'One of the best thrillers I have read in years' THE OBSERVER
'I couldn't put it down. A visceral nightmare of a book with one of the most evil villains I've come across in a long time. Powerful writing' STEVE CAVANAGH
'Short, sharp shocker' THE TIMES
'an early contender for one of the best books of the year' S MAGAZINE
He is her husband. She is his captive.
Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name.
She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen.
Her husband records her every movement during the day. If he doesn't like what he sees, she is punished.
For a long time, escape seemed impossible. But now, something has changed. She has a reason to live and a reason to fight. Now, she is watching him, and waiting . . .
'A true nail-biter' THE GUARDIAN
'Ratchets up the tension to the point where I had to check my pulse' LIZ NUGENT
'Heart-stoppingly suspenseful, a masterclass in tension' ERIN KELLY
'An unbearably tense read, with incredible writing' RAGNAR JONASSON
'I could not stop reading this! Brilliantly done' DENISE MINA
'Sensational. Claustrophobic, compulsive, and almost unbearably tense it's a heart-in-mouth read that's packed with suspense. Readers will be saying 'just one more page' all the way from the gripping beginning to the heart-stopping end' C.L. TAYLOR
'Seriously nail-biting stuff! I raced through it, my heart in my mouth' EMMA CURTIS
'Tremendously powerful and fantastically written, heart-stopping from page one. Expect to see it on all the award lists' SARAH HILARY
Trafficked Vietnamese illegal Thanh Dao, the narrator of this outstanding and heart-wrenching thriller from Dean (the Tuva Moodyson mysteries), endures an endless marathon of household labor, as well as just about every type of abuse imaginable, on a remote pig farm in Britain's Fenlands. About the only spark of hope sustaining the young woman whom her captor, Lenn, insists on calling Jane, his late mother's name is the belief that her younger sister remains free in Manchester, though Lenn has threatened to ensure the sister is deported if Thanh tries to escape or kills herself. The stakes rise when Thanh discovers she's pregnant and Lenn imprisons a local woman who comes by to inquire about boarding her horse on the farm. As pressure increases from all quarters on Thanh, the tension becomes at times almost unbearable, relieved only by some shocking twists. With his deceptively soft-spoken but steely protagonist, determined to survive against staggering odds, Dean explores the resilience of the human spirit, even in the face of unfathomable evil. This harrowing journey is one worth taking. \n
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I just finished this book & finally the breath that I’ve been holding slowly escaped. Can honestly say I have not read a more thrilling & devastatingly amazing book. So traumatically brilliant my heart is only just calming. Omg loved it, devoured it in two days & totally blown away. A must read that’s for sure. Stop everything, down tools, escape in this amazing book. It was one hell of a journey & I loved every delectable minute & word of it. Congratulations & big thanks Will Dean, what a brilliant masterpiece.