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What happens when the person closest to you has led a life of deception?

After the funeral of her mother, Sally, Alice Kent is approached by a man named Angus Tweedy. He claims to be her father and tells her that he served time in prison for marrying Sally bigamously.

What does he hope to gain telling her this now, thirty years on? How can her adored dad Ralph not be her true father? And why did her mother betray her so badly?

She had accepted Sally’s many faults, and her reluctance to never speak of the past. But faced with this staggering deception, Alice knows she must uncover the whole truth about her mother.

Whatever the cost.

Alice’s journey into her mother’s past is one of incredulity as she discovers a woman shaped by a truly traumatic childhood . . .

Praise for Lesley Pearse

‘Storytelling at its very best’ Daily Mail

‘Gripping and suspenseful’ Daily Express

‘A twisting and intense read’ Woman’s Own

© Lesley Pearse 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • This is a heart-wrenching journey as dark secrets are exposed and we understand the decisions Sally was forced to make

  • A complex and gripping relationship drama

    Devon Life
  • Unpredictable and full of unexpected twists, this is a compelling read

    My Weekly Special
  • This book brilliantly builds intrigue as Alice her mum’s life of deception, lies and love

    Woman & Home
  • Full of suspense and intriguing characters

    My Weekly
  • Praise for Lesley Pearse


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