Anna packs her bags one day without telling anyone where and why she is going - just that she'll be back soon. Her thoughts, as she boards a plane, are that this journey will give her time to think about her life - as a woman hitting forty, a journalist and a single mother. She has no premonition that she will become a statistic in a missing person file. Left at home is Anna's beloved six-year-old daughter Lily, her gay friend Paul who is surrogate father to Lily, and her eccentric best friend Estella.
When Anna doesn't return, they make uneasy excuses, until, as time passes, the mind-numbing possibility that Anna might not be coming back, becomes terrifyingly real. And while those closest to her battle with their imaginations, Anna is on a dark journey - in one scenario Anna is on a ravishing, sexual adventure, on the other, much darker voyage, she is the victim of a stranger's dangerous sexual fantasy.
'... cool, highly sexual; creates a dazzling surface of translucence' - OBSERVER; 'Keeps fear on the line right down to the very last paragraph - balanced, of course, on a final heart-stopping moment via an unco-operative telephone' - TIMES; 'A tantalising novel...remarkable in its stealthy creation of an atmosphere of unease, terror & mystery' - SPECTATOR; 'Skilful suspense, great sense of place' - MAIL ON SUNDAY
Sarah Dunant is the author of the critically acclaimed THE BIRTH OF VENUS. Before turning to historical novels, she wrote seven crime novels for which she won two Silver Daggers. She was editor of War of the Words (Vir. 1994) and co-editor of The Age of A