When Lily slips on the sidewalk outside a London gallery and literally falls at the feet of a stranger, Marcus, the attraction is instant and electric. Within a week she is sharing this magnetic yet elusive architect's waterfront loft and sleeping in the room that belonged to his girlfriend, Sinead - of whom all he will say is "she's no longer . . . with us." But there lingers a distinct presence, of a woman who seems to have disappeared abruptly - leaving behind a single sexy dress in the closet, a puzzling mark on the wall, and the suffocating scent of jasmine. As Lily falls ever more deeply in love with Marcus, Sinead's aura consumes her with fear and obsession that spark a drama of passion and betrayal.
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"British writer O'Farrell turns a deceptively simple romantic novel into an engrossing story of psychological suspense." - Publishers Weekly.
"This is a deeply satisfying second effort by O'Farrell, who exhibits a distinctive, well-crafted literary flair." - Booklist.
"Captivating... OFarrell's novel, written with passion and clarity, beautifully describes how old relationships can haunt new love. Spookily good." - Elle (UK).
" Hip and understated, but, at its heart, embarrassingly mawkish and sentimental." - Kirkus Reviews.
"A disappointing follow-up to O'Farrell's first novel." - Library Journal.
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Maggie O'Farrell is the author of six previous novels, After You'd Gone; My Lover's Lover; The Distance Between Us, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox; The Hand That First Held Mine, which won the Costa Novel Award; and Instructions for a Heatwave, which was short-listed for the Costa Novel Award. She lives in Edinburgh.
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