Bob and Julie struggle through life without family, money or luck. Bob is a wheeler-dealer who steals what they need… and what they need is a baby.
When Bob takes baby Lucy from her pram, three women’s lives are changed in an instant.
Lydia is Lucy’s childminder. How was she to know that Bob would spot the pram in her garden? She was just giving the baby some air.
Gemma is Lucy’s mum. Feeling trapped by her marriage to an older man, she is seeking excitement in the arms of a lover when her baby disappears. Can she ever forgive Lydia – or herself?
Julie has never recovered from the sudden death of her young son. Miserable, neurotic, increasingly isolated, and immersing herself in barely suppressed sexual fantasy, everything changes when Bob brings home the one thing he believes can save her… Lucy. But is Julie capable of looking after a baby, and keeping her hidden and safe, when she is hardly able to look after herself?
As the search for Lucy intensifies and Bob mysteriously disappears, there is only one way out for Julie. With one baby already dead, is history about to repeat itself? Will anyone find Julie – and Lucy – before it’s too late?
Readers of the author’s monthly Book Deal or Bust column in Writers’ Forum magazine were able to follow the writing and editing of this novel over the course of a year as it progressed from initial draft to completed book. Now this emotionally gripping story of love, loss and friendship is available to read in full for the first time.
“Tightly constructed, features strong and sympathetically drawn characters, is well written and altogether an enjoyably tense and page-turning read.” Hilary Johnson Authors’ Advisory Service