Why would anyone confess to a murder that never happened?

Ruth Bussey knows what it means to be in the wrong and to be wronged. She once did something she regrets, and her punishment nearly destroyed her. Now Ruth is rebuilding her life, and has found a love she doesn’t believe she deserves: Aidan Seed.

Aidan is also troubled by a past he hates to talk about, until one day he decides he must confide in Ruth. He tells her that years ago he killed someone: a woman called Mary Trelease.

Ruth is confused. She’s certain she’s heard the name before, and when she realises why it sounds familiar, her fear and confusion deepen – because the Mary Trelease that Ruth knows is very much alive . . .

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“This utterly gripping thriller should establish Hannah as one of the great unmissables of this genre – intelligent, classy and with a wonderfully Gothic imagination.”
The Times

“Beautifully written and precision-engineered to unsettle.”
The Guardian

A masterclass in plotting, with twist after twist.”
Sunday Times

“Sophie Hannah has become the master, or mistress, of suspense. This one’s even better than her others. Each moment is so purely enjoyable. Her genius is that she creates these very real characters – absolutely incredible. She’s at the very peak of crime fiction at the moment.”
Simon Mayo Book Programme, Radio Five Live

“It’s a difficult tightrope to walk but Hannah does it triumphantly, maintaining the tension until the very end.”
Val McDermid in The Times

“Sophie Hannah is the new British queen of the psychological thriller.”

“The firm grip of suspense will hold you fast until the thrilling ending.”
Sunday Telegraph

“Sophie Hannah brings many gifts to crime fiction. She is a poet whose use of language is precise, and her images are evocative. As a novelist, her overriding interests lie in people on the edge and in the relationships that have driven them there.”
Times Literary Supplement

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