Irene's husband has chosen another lover.
And over time, Adrian nurtures his deceit and with his new lover, Frankie, he finds the courage to leave Irene and their three children.
Irene is, at first, hurt, angry, broken. If it wasn't for the children, she believes her life would come apart. Their agony, and hers, seems almost too much to bear. But as she battles through the daily routine, the promise of a new life gradually emerges.
She discovers a different Irene - not the endlessly selfless, chore-laden wife and mother, but a woman with the possibility of love. And a future that only she can dictate. Would she really want Adrian back, even if he were to leave Frankie and return to her?
Nicci Gerrard is a feature writer on the Observer, and the co-author, with Sean French, of the best-selling Nicci French thrillers. She lives in Suffolk with her husband and four children. This is her second novel.