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A richly layered, moving and unforgettable novel of two families and the devastating secret that binds them, from the global bestselling author of THE GIRL IN THE LETTER.

She shone the torch around and spotted some names written in the wall: Clara, Sara, Megan. Who were these girls and what had they been doing in there? She slowly clicked open the trunk and as she shone her torch in, something caught her eye. In the corner, a leather-bound book. She opened it on the first page: ‘Tessa James, Patient Notes’. She began to read…

When a little girl goes missing from Yew Tree Manor – the same house from which a girl vanished decades before – does the key to the present lie buried even deeper in the past, in the forgotten history of an innocent midwife accused of betrayal?

When six-year-old Alice Hilton disappears on New Year’s Eve 1979 from Yew Tree Manor, suspicion immediately falls on local boy Bobby James. Bobby claims he knows nothing about it but his family has a grievance against Alice’s landowner father. Tragically the child is never found. Decades later, Willow James, an architect working on a development at Yew Tree Manor, discovers that the land surrounding the house is holding a secret. And when another little girl goes missing from Yew Tree, Willow realises the key to her disappearance lies in the history of the house, and the two families attached to it. A terrible wrong needs to be made right…and to uncover it, Willow must unravel events from 1945, when a midwife was falsely accused of a crime that happened at Yew Tree Manor…


‘Compelling, twisty, heart-wrenching and thought-provoking. A novel that stays with you. I was gripped‘ Sophie Kinsella

‘Utterly gripping, taut and powerful. An emotionally charged, compulsive, moving novel *****’ Adele Parks

‘A great book, truly hard to put down. Fast paced, brilliantly plotted and desperately sad at times – all hallmarks of a bestseller’ Lesley Pearse

‘A truly brilliant and moving read. I loved it’ Karen Hamilton

‘Captivating and suspensefulJessica Fellowes

‘Loss, betrayal and a decades-old secret… BRILLIANT’ Heat magazine

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