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From the bestselling author of SECRETS OF THE TIDES comes another mesmerising story of tragedy, lies and betrayal.
It comes out of the blue: a package with a letter and a key. Lila Bailey has no idea who, but someone has bequeathed her a remote lakeside cottage and the timing couldn t be better; with her marriage unravelling, the house offers the perfect escape.
Once there, Lila finds solace in renovating the old cottage, but something about it is unsettling and she wonders more and more about the previous inhabitants. Why did they leave in such a hurry, with their belongings still strewn about? And why can t she shake the feeling that someone is watching her? As a year at the lake unfolds, Lila uncovers long-forgotten secrets and discovers that the past can cast a very long shadow.
an engrossing and clever tale - Anita Shreve
utterly compelling - Who Weekly
A slow-burning drama, with several mysteries furled tightly inside one another... - The Australian
Past and present are cleverly interwoven in this moving and compelling tale. Engrossing. - Herald Sun
Clever, enthralling and at times even menacing. - Woman's Day
Hannah Richell was born in Kent and spent her childhood years in Buckinghamshire and Canada. After graduating from the University of Nottingham she worked in the book publishing and film industries. Her bestselling debut novel, SECRETS OF THE TIDES, was shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction Award and she followed this with the bestselling THE SHADOW YEAR. Hannah is currently living in the UK after many years in Sydney. For more information visit www.hannahrichell.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/hannahrichellauthor