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Esther Verhoef

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Fiction, Crime & mystery, Fiction in translation

A woman's carefully constructed life unravels as she is arrested for murder in this powerful and intense psychological thriller.

How could this happen to me?

Simone is a wife and a mother. She's 34 years old, and together with her husband Eric and their two small children, she has left the hustle and bustle of Holland for a remote village in the south of France. They have bought a tumbledown country estate to renovate and turn into a home and family business, a guesthouse.

But where do you find good workmen in an unfamiliar village? And how will Simone maintain an exciting relationship with Eric when the stress of the renovation starts taking its toll?

As the work in and around the house picks up, Simone gets tired of always adjusting her own life her husband's plans. She finds refuge in a passionate affair with the irresistible twenty-year-old labourer Michel. Gradually, she begins to lose control.

And, in time, she has no one left to turn to . . .

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