A second case (following The House on the Cliff) for psychotherapist and single parent Jessica Mayhew and, sadly, the final one as the author died prematurely shortly before publication (she was also better known as the folk singer Charlotte Greig, whose wonderful and sensitive music will be much missed). Her patient is a young artist whose mother has just been murdered and suspects her art dealer brother-in-law might be responsible. As the bonds between the two women deepen and their roles interwine to unsettling effect, the vivid Welsh setting and raw emotions come to the fore and provide a muted sense of dread to a clockwork plot that draws on all the best elements of the psychological thriller. A terrible shame there will be no more Jessica Mayhew books.
Jessica Mayhew has a new client at her psychotherapy practice. Artist Pandora Powell is in shock following the death of her mother, Ursula, who was murdered during the theft of a valuable painting at her studio. And Jess has problems of her own, as she struggles to adjust to the demands of being a single parent. Pandora is a beautiful but shy and vulnerable young woman who has grown up in the shadow of her famous ancestors, the Welsh painters Augustus and Gwen John, and under the wing of her twin sister, Isobel. There is a suggestion that Isobel's husband, art dealer Blake Thomas, might be responsible for Ursula's murder. Blake is riding high with the success of his latest protege, reclusive ex-miner and would-be revolutionary Hefin Morris, who is fast becoming the enfant terrible of the contemporary art world. When Blake too dies in mysterious circumstances, Jessica is drawn into a quest that not only leads her into mortal danger but also threatens to destroy her entire moral code as a therapist. Black Valley tells the story of how Jessica and Pandora, as therapist and client, slip between their different roles, becoming caught in a net from which neither can escape - except through treachery and betrayal.
|Publication date:||26th March 2015|
|Publisher:||Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
After studying philosophy at college, Charlotte Williams went on to work as an arts journalist, writing for newspapers and magazines as well as making radio documentaries and, later, writing radio dramas for the BBC. Under her maiden name, Charlotte Greig, she also recorded several albums of original folk music. Sadly she was diagnosed with cancer shortly after finishing the first draft of this second crime novel in the Jessica Mayhew series, and died shortly before publication.More About Charlotte Williams