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Published by Black Swan, 9
August 2018. ISBN: 978-1-7841600-3 (PB)
Quite a few people, especially as they grow older,
have problems in tying names to faces and vice versa. But there are people who
have this problem in an extreme form from birth and this is known as
face-blindness, the technical term for which is prosopagnosia. And this is what
Laura Maguire suffers from. She cannot even recognise her own mother. It is not
a mental health nor is it a function of poor memory; it is connected with the
way in which the brain receives and processes visual information: when it comes
to faces it does not. Although that does not apply to brain function with other
forms of visual information.
Laura’s own family
are aware of this disability and cope with it although it does make life
difficult. But only one person in the small but highly successful advertising
agency, Gunner Munro, where she works as Art Director, knows. That person is
Rebecca Munro, who owns the agency jointly with the charismatic, forceful David
Gunner. Unfortunately for Laura, a key element of her job is establishing
rapport with existing and possible clients, an extraordinarily difficult task
for someone who cannot distinguish strangers from work colleagues. Nor is
Rebecca particularly sympathetic to Laura’s predicament: she tells Laura that
she must go to the office party and fraternise, otherwise her job will be at
risk. So, Laura goes, has too much to drink and ends up in bed with . . .
someone. Someone who was wearing a pink shirt. But when Laura wakes up in the
morning with this someone, he was wearing a blue shirt. And he leaves before
she can work out whether it was a colleague and if so which one. And the next
day the office is devastated to hear that one of their colleagues, the
much-loved Guy, has been killed while cycling home after the party. Guy’s death
was an accident; nonetheless someone was responsible. Could it have been
someone who was at the party? Meanwhile Rebecca has her own problems. For years
she has been having a secret affair with David Gunner. It just so happens that
David’s wife Felicity is a close friend of Rebecca’s. Now Rebecca is pregnant,
and her plan is that David will leave Felicity and their children for her. But
will he? Or will his inflammatory nature make an already combustible situation
even more so?
The combination of
Guy’s death, the Rebecca/David/Felicity situation, and Laura’s search to
establish just who it was with whom she spent the night makes for a highly
suspenseful narrative which ends, as the reader knows it must, in violent
The essence of
psychological suspense is that, whether or not there is a mystery at the outset
which needs to be resolved as there is in this case (ie. just who did Laura have
sex without true consent, ie rape), that the reader knows that there will be a
violent outcome. For readers of the ever-popular psychological suspense genre,
this is particularly recommended.
was born in Brighton and brought up in London. Her fascination with the darker
side of domestic life inspired her to write One Little Mistake, her
first psychological suspense. She has two children and lives in Richmond with
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born in the U.S. but has lived in the U.K. since she was seven 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 still does occasional
work for them including taking part in a substantial revision and updating of
her late husband’s legal practitioners’ work on Criminal Evidence published
late 2015. She has also contributed short stories with a distinctly criminal
flavour to two of the Oxford Stories anthologies published by Oxpens Press – a
third story is to be published shortly in another Oxford Stories anthology –
and is now concentrating on her own writing.