By the Orange and Whitbread shortlisted author of FRED AND EDIE, a subtle and intriguing novel exploring the line between innocent and warped desire.
A ten-year-old girl vanishes without trace from a Fenland village, her body never found. Thirty years on, she comes sharply back to life in the mind s eye of her childhood friend, Tina Humber, who has done her best to put the past behind her. But now, as Tina returns home for a family wedding, she replays her memories in search of what happened, fearing that deep down she has always known who killed Mandy Baker.
In this subtle, moodily atmospheric novel, Jill Dawson explores the line between innocent and perverted desire, and that volatile stage when young girls become aware of their attractions, but do not grasp the dangers.
Slow-burning, spine-crawling...It is a compelling, haunting and intelligent read. - Amanda Craig, Daily Telegraph
Clever, compelling and impressive - Angela Cooke Daily Express
The flavour of the 1970s is so accurate you can taste it...An unusually skilful and haunting novel - Sam Phipps, Sunday Herald
An outstanding novel ... An intense, intelligent and compelling book that readers will find impossible to forget. - Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail
A chilling and sharply articulated exploration of memories, identity and family relationships - Anna Millar, Scotland on Sunday
Jill Dawson is the author of the novels Trick of the Light, Magpie, Fred and Edie, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, Wild Boy, Watch Me Disappear, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize, The Great Lover, Lucky Bunny, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Crime Writer, which won the East Anglian Book of the Year. An award-winning poet, she has also edited several poetry and short story anthologies.
Jill Dawson has held many Fellowships, including the Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia. In 2008 she founded a mentoring scheme for new writers, Gold Dust. She lives in the Cambridgeshire Fens.