An unsettling, gripping and original novel by Jessica Fellowes, author of the Mitford Murders series, telling the story of a toxic friendship
'The most complex of bonds is explored in this startlingly original and finely drawn portrait of female friendship, with all its uplifting and destructive intensity'
'An absolute jewel of a book which puts seven decades of complicated female friendship under the microscope - and reveals dark truths. It's a masterclass in things unsaid, in both form and content'
An unsettling, gripping and original novel by Jessica Fellowes, author of the internationally bestselling, award-winning Mitford Murders series, telling the story of a toxic friendship.
Kate and Bella, Bella and Kate. From childhood they were inseparable yet polar opposites: Bella sensible and cautious, Kate gregarious and just a little dangerous.
Then men came into their lives and things changed: a black seed was set in in the heart of their relationship. Over decades, acts of both cruelty and love feed that seed until one shocking event leads to further tragedy. Neither will escape unscathed.
In her first standalone novel, Jessica Fellowes explores the darkest corners of female friendship, a place where loyalty and betrayal become one.
True and glorious indulgence - Daisy Goodwin (on The Mitford Murders series)
Give it to absolutely everyone - Susan Hill (on the Mitford Murders series)
Absolute blissikins . . . delightful - Guardian (on the Mitford Murders series)
An extraordinary meld of fact and fiction - Graham Norton (on The Mitford Murders series)
Jessica Fellowes is an author, journalist and public speaker. Her bestselling The Mitford Murders series has been nominated for awards in Britain, France, Germany and Italy, and sold into eighteen territories. Jessica is also the author of five official companion books to Downton Abbey, various of which hit the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists. She has written short stories for Vogue Italia and L'Uomo Vogue, and made numerous appearances on radio, podcasts and television. She lives in Oxfordshire with her family.