THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 'Ruth Dugdall's novels are intelligent and gripping, with a sophisticated psychological sensibility. She is a huge talent.' Sophie Hannah 'An absolute tour de force that left me thinking for days.' Alex Marwood They came for me, just like I knew they would. Luke had been dead for just three days.
Rose Wilks' life is shattered when her newborn baby Joel is admitted to intensive care. Emma Hatcher has all that Rose lacks. Beauty. A loving husband. A healthy son. Until tragedy strikes and Rose is the only suspect. Now, having spent nearly five years behind bars, Rose is just weeks away from freedom. Her probation officer Cate must decide whether Rose is remorseful for Luke's death, or whether she remains a threat to society. As Cate is drawn in, she begins to doubt her own judgement.
Where is the line between love and obsession, can justice be served and, if so... by what means? New Edition includes exclusive material.A clever, sophisticated, psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson, B A Paris and Sophie Hannah
British author Dugdall (The Sacrificial Man) delivers a chilling tale of betrayal and obsession. Rose Wilks has served four years in prison for manslaughter. The facts are stark: she dropped a cigarette in the London home of her friend Emma Hatcher, starting a fire that killed Hatcher's infant son, Luke. Now up for probation, Wilks is under the scrutiny of Cate Austin, a novice probation officer, who meticulously investigates her past and discovers not only her deeply troubled childhood but also why she broke into Hatcher's home and fed Luke. Austin also uncovers a complex story of how these two disturbed women became unwittingly involved with the same man. But was Wilks's arson deliberate? Dugdall paints a bleak picture of a British prison system populated (on both sides of the bars) by men and women who are brutal thugs, bullies, and manipulators. The plot at times verges on melodrama, but it keeps its secrets well.