Fifteen years earlier Uncle Paul had been exposed as a murderer by his wife Mildred, and imprisoned. Now a seaside holiday for Mildreds half-sister Isabel and her family seems to be the venue for Uncle Paul’s revenge. Mildred arrives at a lonely cottage near to Isabels caravan site, and Isabels urgent summons to her sister Meg brings the three women together to play out a drama of fear and suspicion, of betrayal and revenge, in which each woman has to face the question of whether, in the face of danger, she could betray the man she loves.
‘The game of conjecture is a tense one, and beautifully played out to a startling and valid ending…obviously Fremlin is here to stay as a major mistress of insight and suspense.’ New York Times
‘Fremlin puts a keen edge on the reader’s curiosity and keeps it there…the ending gives a meaningful pattern to the whole story…the writing is so good throughout.’ London Times Literary Supplement