In 2002, five women are discovered barbarously murdered in Sierra Leone. Reuters Africa correspondent Connie Burns suspects a British mercenary: a man who seems to turn up in every war-torn corner of Africa, whose reputation for violence and brutality is well-founded and widely known. Connies suspicions that hes using the chaos of war to act out sadistic, misogynistic fantasies fall on deaf earsbut shes determined to expose him and his secret. The consequences are devastating.
Connie encounters the man again in Baghdad, but almost immediately shes taken hostage. Released after three desperate days, terrified and traumatized by the experiencefearing that she will never again be the person she once wasConnie retreats to England. She is bent on protecting herself by withholding information about her abduction. But secluded in a remote rented housewhere the jealously guarded history of her landladys family seems to mirror her own fearsshe knows that it is only a matter of time before her nightmares become real . . . .
"Starred review. Walters delivers an intense, engrossingly structured tour de force about survival and "the secret of freedom, courage." - Publishers Weekly.
"Although the gothic overlay seems a bit artificial, Walters really knows how to write convincing, ever-escalating psychological suspense. " - Booklist.
"Genteel and horrifying as ever, with a particularly unsparing examination of the rage of traumatized victims." - Kirkus Reviews.
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Minette Walters is the author of eleven novels, two novellas, and a number of short stories. Her work, which has been published in more than thirty-five countries, has received several major awards, including two Gold Daggers from the Crime Writers Association in Great Britain and the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Dorset, England.
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