This psychological thriller is disturbingly full of tension. Stephanie, the central character is pregnant with her second child. Are the hang-ups she is experiencing due to her hormones, or to hangovers from her past, which includes being raped as a teenager?
She and her husband Mark, a TV producer, are starting a new life in a new home along with their delightful son Henry, who is five and facing the trauma of a new school. The objective of the fresh start is to forget Mark’s recent infidelity, which he now bitterly regrets – Stephanie tries hard to forgive, but forgetting is impossible.
While Mark is away, she is befriended by two neighbours, the protective Laurence and the glamorous, helpful and sympathetic Lila. Yet Stephanie finds it hard to trust even the most well meaning friends. Nemesis is never far away, especially when someone leaves bouquets of dead flowers on her doorstep and she receives a threatening e-mail.
Someone is trying to undermine her confidence and cause her to doubt her own sanity It is so cleverly done that her reactions make the reader wonder too – is she surrounded by evil wishers? Or is she suffering from a persecution complex, which endangers her relationships with friends old and new and with Mark ? Does she need medication or counselling, or both?