The darkly addictive new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of I Looked Away, Blood Sisters and My Husband’s Wife. In Poppy Page’s mind, there are two types of women in this world: those who are faithful to their husbands, and those who are not. Until now, Poppy has never questioned which she was.

But when handsome, charming Matthew Gordon walks back into her life after almost two decades, that changes. Poppy makes a single mistake – and that mistake will be far more dangerous than she could imagine.


I just could not put this down. I read the first half in two sittings but then I just couldn’t stop. I stayed awake till 1.30 am to finish it even though I had to get up at 7 for work. Just when you think you know what really happened there is another twist and then another.

It’s one of those books that remind you of watching the Daleks in Dr Who when you are a child and you want to hide behind the settee but you still watch through your fingers. Please that can’t be happening. I’m so scared but I need to carry on reading. He didn’t really do THAT did he? What next? Can it get any worse?

Oh Poppy, you are an idiot. You should have talked to your husband before things got out of hand. He’s a bit dull but he loves you and you love him and the children. The past is the past and needs to stay there.

And poor mum-in-law Betty. Such a strong yet tortured woman. Her story is probably the best part as many other readers have said. Someone commented that she behaves as if it’s the 1950s rather than the 60s/70s. I disagree. Plenty of women were treated this way. I’ve known women whose husbands gave them ‘housekeeping plus a little extra’ and didn’t know how much they earned or spent down the pub no doubt. Put up and shut up in exchange for a roof over their heads and a steady income coming in. Certainly women who would be over 70 now. They didn’t work as it made their husbands look like they didn’t earn enough to keep them.

It’s a brilliantly woven story that builds and builds and then some. Highly recommended reading.

Many thanks to NetGalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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