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The bestselling new thriller from the master of the clever twist

The car jolts to a halt at the pavement’s edge, the driver waving through the windscreen to attract Richard’s attention. He starts with astonishment. The driver is Gemma, his ex-wife.

He has not seen or spoken to her for several years. They have, she memorably assured him the last time they met, nothing to say to each other. But something has changed her mind - something urgent…

Immediately Richard is catapulted into a breathless race against time that takes him from London, across northern Europe and into the heart of a mystery that reaches back into history - the fate of Anastasia, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs. From that moment, Richard's life will be changed for ever in ways he could never have imagined…


Goddard writes and plots with accurate, correct precision; you feel he knows every setting and was witness to every scene

Literary Review

Fast-paced and full of twists, it's an involving page-turner


Robert Goddard is the master of mystery, and in his latest novel he proves just how good he is at getting a reader hooked...This is Goddard at his best and will keep his legions of fans happy and eager for more

Peterborough Evening Telegraph

This is pulse-racing stuff, delivered with all the panache that we have come to expect from Goddard

Good Book Guide

This seasoned thriller-writer pulls no punches as he entices us into an aristocratic intrigue

Press Association

Sure to have the reader unable to leave the armchair until every page has been turned. A fantastically engaging read

Waterstones Books Quarterly

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  • EBook


    September 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    480 pages

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  • Paperback


    January 4, 2010


    480 pages

    RRP $22.99

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