They all have opinions.
They all have secrets.
In a small town like West Burntridge, it should be impossible to keep a secret. But the problem with having your nose in everyone’s business is that you can miss what’s staring you in the face.
Rachel Saunders knows gossip is the price you pay for a rural lifestyle and outstanding schools. The latest town scandal is her divorce – and the fact that her new girlfriend has moved into the family home.
Laura Spence lives in a poky bedsit on the wrong side of town. She and her son Jake don’t really belong, and his violent tantrums are threatening to expose the very thing she’s trying to hide.
When the local school introduces a new LGBTQ+-friendly curriculum, Rachel and Laura find themselves on opposite sides of a fearsome debate. But the problem with having your nose in everyone else’s business is that you often miss what’s happening in your own home.
Praise for Sarah Stovell
’Slickly claustrophobic, this arch story of obsessive, forbidden love taken to the extreme will have you squirming in your seat’ Sarah Pinborough
’It’s a remarkable debut in the crowded psychological thriller field, written with great sureness of touch and tone’ The Times
’A moving, gripping story … twists keep coming till the very last page. I loved it’ Erin Kelly
’The characters are so untrustworthy you wont know what to believe, but you won’t put it down till you’ve found out. A superb debut’ Sunday Mirror
’Whip-smart, lushly written and truly page-turning … Sarah Stovell is a thrilling talent’ Holly Seddon
’Cunningly constructed and gorgeously written, this is outstanding’ Express