Set in England and in post-war, pre-apartheid Johannesburg, the story is based on a real-life murder of a young woman on a ship in 1947, and about the doubtful circumstances surrounding the trial and the man found guilty of the murder.
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Rachel Heath was born in Bristol in 1968. She lives with her husband, a screen writer, and their three children and one dog in Bath. This is her first novel.Review:
"A dark, compelling debut ... Heath skilfully recreates the trajectory of Gibson's life, but it's Trelling's equally damaged character ... which provides the vital emotional charge" Daily Mail "Heath combines imaginative, fast paced story telling with an unerring sense of period, place and mood... an exceptionally well-written, suspenseful novel." Guardian "Excellent on the atmosphere of post-war Britain and the lure of South Africa... compellingly told, reminiscent of early Doris Lessing ... the twists keep the reader glued to the novel." Independent "...thrillingly macabre." Daily Telegraph "Excellent ... There is a compulsion and persuasive assurance in the writing" Sunday Times
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