The voice I hear is Becca's, my eighteen-year-old daughter.
'Mom, it's me,' she says, her words high-pitched, rushed.
'I...' she stalls. 'I did something terrible.'
I hear her suck in air. I do the same thing. The clock reads 10.57 a.m.
'Mom....' another pause.
'I killed someone.'
And all of a sudden Nadine's privileged middle class existence is shattered. Nadine, determined to do whatever it takes to save her daughter, sets out on a path which leads her back to her own past -- and the secrets she thought were hidden there. Is she responsibile for the danger her own daughter is in now? And can she save her?
LOUISE PHILLIPS is the author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent novels, THE DOLL'S HOUSE, LAST KISS and THE GAME CHANGER, were each nominated for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. She won the award in 2013.
Louise's work has formed part of many literary anthologies, and she has won both the Jonathan Swift Award and the Irish Writers' Centre Lonely Voice platform, along with being shortlisted for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and many others. In 2015, she was awarded a writing residency at Cill Rialaig Artist retreat and she was also a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award.
In 2016, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her first two novels, RED RIBBONS and THE DOLL'S HOUSE, were published in the US.
Her current novel, THE HIDING GAME, received an Arts Bursary for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland.