Are the ties that bind them about to be ripped apart?
The Tempest family and friends are gathering for Cassie’s eighteenth birthday party. But as they come together, a series of explosive events will threaten everything they hold dear.
Cassie’s sister Jess is about to fly to Italy on holiday, but can she forget the horror of what she saw in her flat that afternoon?
Family friend Jenny Barlow has been keeping a devastating secret for years… but for how much longer?
And does the discovery of a dead body on the beach spell danger for one of the Tempests?
Grief, fear, desire and deception all collide as the ties that bind the family are strained like never before. Can they withstand the ultimate stress test?
Since Rose Linscott, the matriarch at the center of this straightforward standalone from British author Fraser (Sins of the Fathers), is highly critical of her grown children and their offspring, they keep certain family secrets from her, most of which are relatively trivial and, once revealed, easily resolved. One of Rose's adult granddaughters, Jess Tempest, who recently ended her engagement, is renting a flat in Bristol, England, with Maggie Haig, whom Jess has just met. When Jess unexpectedly returns to her flat before leaving on a trip, she finds a dead man on the living room floor. After hearing someone outside the flat, she hides and hears two unrecognizable people talking in low voices. When she emerges, the body is gone. Convinced her family and the police will think she's either guilty or crazy, she keeps this grim discovery to herself, until the body washes ashore and makes front page news. The dead man, no surprise, turns out to have a relationship to Maggie, and nabbing the killer proves as simple as resolving the various family issues. Fraser is unlikely to win new fans with this one.