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Published by Pentangle
Press, 26 February 2015. ISBN: 978-1499590838 (PB)
Zoe Graham lives in Lee-on-Solent
and works for a design agency. She shares a flat with her friend Claire
Randall; she has a steady boyfriend, Ollie, and her life seems to be under
control which is how she likes it. But one night there is a fire in her flat
and she and Claire only just escape with their lives: worse happens to the
occupant of the downstairs flat, Neil Wyatt, who is badly injured and
subsequently dies. Both flats and their contents are more or less totally
destroyed. Police investigation indicates that the fire was deliberate so that
the police search is for an arsonist who is also a murderer. Zoe has lost
everything and, with one leg broken and in plaster, has no money, no clothes
and is traumatised by her experience. Her stepfather offers her refuge but she
cannot forgive him for his infidelity to her dying mother so, after one night
with him, she moves in with Ollie and his two flatmates, blokeish Mike and
self-centred Darren. The arrangement isn’t really working but Zoe has nowhere
else to go so she stays. She hopes for emotional support from her friends and
work colleagues but, although they are sympathetic, that sympathy is limited.
Only Darren’s friend Scott seems to take a real interest in Zoe’s feelings and
that is as much because, as a freelance journalist, he is researching for an
article on coping with the effect of trauma.
someone starts stalking Zoe: was that someone responsible for the fire and if
so was she, and not Neil Wyatt, the target? As the stalking continues and
becomes more menacing and actual danger to Zoe more ominous, her precarious
hold on normality is threatened and her life increasingly spins out of control.
is not only a ‘woman-in-jeopardy’ story, full of suspense, of how Zoe is first
stalked and then her life is threatened but also an interesting and in-depth
account of the effect of such a traumatic event on the psychological well-being
of the victim.
Reviewer: Radmila May
Christine Hammacottlives near Southampton, Hampshire, UK. Originally a short story writer
she turned to novels as a more satisfying length. She writes page turning
contemporary fiction that deals with the effects of crime. Her debut novel The Taste of Ash was published in 2015.
Radmila Maywas born in the US but has lived in the UK ever since apart from
seven years in The Hague. She read law at university but did not go into
practice. Instead she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and
has been working for them off and on ever since. For the last few years she has
been one of three editors working on a new edition of a practitioners' text
book on Criminal Evidence by her late husband, publication of which has been held
up for a variety of reasons but hopefully will be published by the end of 2015.
She also has an interest in archaeology in which subject she has a Diploma.