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For Tina Ryan, falling in love is the worst thing that could ever happen to her. Love is a refuge for the weak, lonely and needy. Once she was like that herself – but no longer.

Recovering from a turbulent, tormented childhood, she has reinvented herself as Chrissie: strong, self-reliant and firmly in control. She is everything she ever wanted to be and nothing will ever be allowed to threaten that.

But she is also human. So when love does force its way into her life, leaving her utterly shocked and exposed, her new and carefully constructed personality is in peril. And nothing can ever be allowed to do that. Control must be maintained and feelings must be on her terms. No matter how dreadful those terms might be.

Reviews

The ghastliness of the English class system lies at the heart of Redmond's creepy psychological thriller . . . Du Maurier meets Patrick Hamilton
Guardian
His style is strictly no frills - simple, sparse and straightforward . . . but he does have a way of making you gag to know what happens next
Daily Mirror
The lurking tension and twisting cruelty in Redmond's writing and plotting make for a hypnotic, compelling read
The Bookseller
His principal gift is an effortless grasp of narrative texture, and multiple levels of sympathetic insight into his brilliantly drawn character
Crime Time
Redmond has a way of making individuals seem both more human and more vile as new levels of detail are unearthed
Washington Post