FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF BEAUTIFUL, FRAGILE
Series Reading Order:
A House of Lies (#2)
Beneath the Pepper Tree (#3)
Tuscany, 1984: On the evening of the annual Medieval Spring Festival, a child mysteriously vanishes without a trace, shattering the tranquil existence of a small town. Her body was never found.
Thirty-five years later, Belle is living a peaceful life in a Tuscan farmhouse with her fiancé, Andrea, when she stumbles across a box buried beneath the old pepper tree on the farmhouse grounds.
The box contains a collection of curious items and as Belle sets out to locate the owner, she discovers the town has some carefully buried secrets of its own. The anniversary of the child's disappearance draws near and Belle is faced with the question of what really happened to her.
When Belle digs deeper, she realises that some in the town will do anything to protect the truth about that night. Confronted with grim theories, dubious suspects and a town too entrenched in its faith to be objective, Belle, at great personal cost, must fight to uncover the truth about the missing girl and the box beneath the pepper tree.