The House on the Cliff: A Novel

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Jessica Mayhew is a sharp, successful therapist with a thriving practice and loving family. But the arrival of a new client, actor Gwydion Morgan, coincides with a turbulent moment in her life: her husband has just confessed to a one-night stand with a younger woman. The son of a famous stage director, Gwydion is good-looking and talented but mentally fragile, tormented by an intriguing phobia. When Jessica receives a frantic call warning that he is suicidal, she decides to make a house call.

The Morgans live in a grand clifftop mansion overlooking the rocky Welsh coast. It seems to be a remote paradise, but there's something sinister about it too: Jessica learns that the family's former au pair drowned in the bay under mysterious circumstances. In her quest to help Gwydion, to whom she's grown increasingly attached, Jessica becomes ensnared in the Morgan family mystery, which soon becomes an explosive public scandal—one that puts her directly in harm's way. Meanwhile, Jessica is doing her best to keep her marriage and family together, but her growing attraction to Gwydion is impossible to ignore.

Smart, stylish, and suspenseful, The House on the Cliff announces the arrival of a winning female protagonist in Jessica Mayhew and an exciting new crime writer in Charlotte Williams.

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After studying philosophy in college, Charlotte Williams went on to work as an arts journalist, writing for newspapers and magazines, and making documentaries for the BBC. More recently, she also worked in radio drama, writing original plays and adaptations. Williams died in 2014 at the age of fifty-nine.

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Welsh psychotherapist Jessica Mayhew is a self-confessed “nosy parker” who’s after the truth even when she’s at risk. She also acknowledges her human frailties, notably her susceptibility to the charms of a new client, young actor Gwydion Morgan (described as “sex on a stick” by another woman), soon after Jessica’s lawyer-husband, Bob, confesses to a one-night stand. Gwydion seeks Jessica’s help for his button phobia and a repeated disturbing dream, which evolves into a recovered memory from his childhood about the role his charismatic, womanizing father, director Evan Morgan, had in the presumably accidental death of the family’s Swedish au pair years earlier. As Jessica’s involvement with the Morgan family increases, so does her dilemma about testifying in a probable trial in which Bob also has taken a part. Jessica is an appealingly fallible character struggling with both her professional and personal life (including a rebellious 16-year-old daughter) who is humanized by stepping out of bounds. Williams’ first crime novel features an appropriately moody setting, a suspenseful climax, and a winning protagonist likely to attract trouble. --Michele Leber

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