A journey back into the past, to the other side of the world . . .
Under the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, love, lies and disenchantment lead to a menacing showdown in this suspense-filled novel.
A foreigner is seriously injured not far from Julia's safe Queenstown hideaway.
Why does he have her name in his wallet?
His unexpected arrival takes Julia back forty-five years to London, where as an impulsive young woman she first met Benito Moretti - a meeting that was to change her life, taking her to the glittering Gulf of Naples. There Julia found herself pitted against her belligerent mother-in-law and Benito’s sinister brother in a lethal battle for her husband and children.
Julia remembered her father saying, We’re all as sick as our secrets. Words that still haunt her.
“. . . a wrenching, emotional, tension-filled story about family secrets, cultural expectations and hidden corruptions. . . . How Julia winds up separated for decades from her son and how she ends up alone in New Zealand (a place where she is, as she tells us, "a better version" of herself) far from all those she loves and holds dear, are the mysteries that this compelling novel unravels for us.”
Maggie trapp, Weekend Herald
“This novel is hard to put down as it is so full of menace. While I sometimes questioned Julia's decisions and her continued insistence on staying in Italy, she is convincingly a character of her time. The mystery that links the incident in 1994 with the family's struggles in the 1950s is resolved through a gut-wrenching twist. There is heartbreak, horror, determination and sacrifice in this novel. A fast-paced, engaging read.”
Louise Ward, Napier Courier