Harry Richmond - ambitious businessman and failed politician - is missing at sea, presumed dead. Ellen, his wife, emerges from her grief to discover that the Harry she knew and loved had many secrets - secrets which threaten to undermine everything that Ellen holds dear.

Was Harry's death a simple accident? The enigmatic Moreland enters Ellen's life and tries to uncover the truth. But it is a truth that at least one person would prefer left undisturbed. For in matters of deceit, some victims are more innocent than others ...


'The best she has done yet ... finished at three a.m. with the rain pouring outside and a little shiver in the spine'
- Frances Fyfield, Daily Telegraph

'There's plenty of action, and more than enough murderous surprises'
- The Independent

'Francis tightens the net cunningly in this compelling portrait of a family in crisis.'
- Mail on Sunday

'Ms Francis's talent for characterization works especially well with Ellen's traumatized children, and the plot has as many twists as a nautical knot.'
- Daily Mail

'The author has a gift for characterization and the story is developed with subtlety and skill.'
- Sunday Telegraph

Pan - 1994 - 0-330-30673-1 Pbk - 512pp - Buy Now
Macmillan - 1994 - 0-333-90227-0 Audio casettes - 3 hours (approx) - Buy Now