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In this masterful suspense novel, which will appeal to fans of Gone Girl, it's clear that the truth is not always what it seems . . .

There are secrets in every marriage . . . and some are more dangerous than others.

Sarah and Marco Moretti are the perfect couple. Together they have travelled the globe building high-profile careers as archaeologists. Now, at a dig in Florence, they are on the brink of the discovery of a lifetime.

However their marriage is not what it seems.

On the very evening that Sarah uncovers the San Gennaro necklace – a long-lost antiquity that will bring them worldwide fame – she witnesses Marco kissing another woman. Blinded by tears, she drives home alone in the dead of night . . .

When Sarah wakes up in hospital, she has no memory of the car accident that brought her there - or the 48 hours preceding it.

Gone is the knowledge of her husband’s infidelity. But gone too is all recollection of finding the precious necklace.

And the loss of those two crucial memories will have devastating repercussions…

'Australia's answer to Gillian Flynn, Landsman's Gone Girl-esque novel will keep you guessing.' Marie Claire
'Sydney author Lexi Landsman follows up her beloved debut, The Ties That Bind, with a whip-smart domestic thriller set in Florence, Italy. Told from the perspectives of both spouses and their two young-adult children, this pacey suspense story kept us glued to the page, eager to unravel the truth about a marriage that looks flawless from the outside.'


Australia's answer to Gillian Flynn, Landsman's Gone Girl-esque novel will keep you guessing.

Marie Claire

Friends call them the perfect couple but pretty soon it’s clear that the celeb archaeologists’ marriage has more cracks than a dug-up artefact. The fiendish plot twists when the necklace disappears make this a thriller above the ordinary.

West Australian

Lexi Landsman has crafted an unsettling, suspense thriller that will keep any reader wondering what will happen next. She carefully allows you to think all the details have been laid on the table and then, at an appropriate moment, pops in that one little piece of information that changes the whole perception of an event.

Glam Adelaide Magazine

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    August 28, 2017

    Bantam Australia

    416 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook


    August 28, 2017

    Random House Australia

    464 pages

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It’s like a drug. One hit of it and you’re under its spell, and then all you can think about is more. When you’ll have it again. When you’ll relive that rush of holding it in your hands. The thrill of announcing it to the world. The glory and fame that comes afterwards.

At least, that’s how it was for me. It was the reason I became an archaeologist. Finding an ancient relic that told a story of the past: it was my addiction. I lived for the chance to find an artefact that could rewrite history, something so significant that it wouldn’t just illuminate the past, it would shine a light on me.

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