Previously published under her real name, Frances Hegarty, this is Frances Fyfield's riveting suspense novel describing the relationship between mother and daughter, of the desire to break away and the guilt that holds one back.
Isabel Burley returns to her childhood home to look after he mother, Serena, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. There she finds a bemused, angry, charming old woman, prey to the threats of failing memory, the inability to run her own home - and the local villains who are eyeing her isolated home. As the villains inexorably move in, Isabel finds herself struggling with another threat from within. She thinks she has gone home to do some good, but is she really looking for the love she lacked as a child? Alienated by her mother's growing eccentricity, the two women become locked in a relationship of love, hatred and simmering violence, with roots that go deep into the past.
So powerful is Frances Fyfield's portrait of senility, it seems possible to hear Serena's marbles rolling away, one by one ... as taut and suspenseful as the very best of thrillers. - Daily Telegraph
If you haven't tried her, start with this novel, her best to date. You will soon become an addict. - Evening Standard
Frances Fyfield has spent much of her professional life practising as a criminal lawyer, work which has informed her highly acclaimed crime novels. She has been the recipient of both the Gold and Silver Crime Writers' Association Daggers. She is also a regular broadcaster on Radio 4, most recently as the presenter of the series 'Tales from the Stave'. She lives in London and in Deal, overlooking the sea which is her passion.