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In the small Hampshire village of Sowerbridge, Irish labourer Patrick Oâ€™Riordan has been arrested for the brutal murder of elderly Lavinia Fanshaw and her live-in nurse, Dorothy Jenkins. As shock turns to fury, the village residents form a united front against Patrickâ€™s parents and cousin, who report incidents of vicious threats and violence.
But friend and neighbour Siobhan Lavenham remains convinced that Patrick has fallen victim to a prejudiced investigation and, putting her own position within the bigoted community in serious jeopardy, stands firmly by his family in defence of the Oâ€™Riordan name.
Days before the trial, terrible secrets about the Oâ€™Riordansâ€™ past are revealed to Siobhan, and the familyâ€™s only supporter is forced to question her loyalties. Could Patrick be capable of murder after all? Could his parentsâ€™ tales of attacks be devious fabrications? And if so, what other lies lurk beneath the surface of their world?
As the truth rapidly unfurls, it seems that Sowerbridge residents need to be very afraid. For beneath a cunning faÃ§ade, someoneâ€™s chilling ambition is about to ignite . . .
Closing date: 22/05/2019
Publication date: 05/08/2005
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||5th August 2005|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
Minette Walters is one of England’s best-selling crime writers. She is the author of twelve novels, winning the CWA John Creasey Award for the The Ice House, the Edgar Allan Poe Award in America for The Sculptress and two CWA Gold Daggers for The Scold’s Bridle and Fox Evil. She lives in Dorset with her husband and has been translated into thirty-six languages.Her fascination with the dark side of the human psyche began when she read Grimm’s Fairy Tales at seven years old. Her favourite characters were wicked stepmothers whose evil deeds led ...More About Minette Walters