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Terrifying, dark and bold, Sarah Dunant’s breakthrough psychological thriller transcends genres and audiences; it crosses all boundaries, encroaching on the darker side of sex and fantasy, male and female.
Elizabeth Skorvecky has just come out of a long-term relationship with her boyfriend. Alone in her Victorian house, her only companions are her cat, a trashy crime novel she’s translating from Czech, and her music. As the summer ends and the days draw in, unsettling things begin to happen. First it’s just a missing CD, then music playing in an empty kitchen at midnight, then a table laid for breakfast for two. Poltergeist? Insanity?
When Elizabeth wakes at four in the morning to find a man sitting at the end of her bed, she knows, sickeningly , she’s very sane – and being stalked. She also discovers that the means of surviving can be just as shocking as surrender.

Reviews

Dunant's unsettling novel is compelling to the end
THE EXPRESS ON SUNDAY
Her narrative pulses with emotional truth and heart ...Compelling and distressing
MAIL ON SUNDAY
A bold, intelligent assault on the masculine conventions of the thriller genre
THE SUNDAY TIMES
A chilling - sometimes terrifying - and tautly written thriller
THE TIMES