When her husband, Simon - a flamboyant conductor - kills himself, Alex is mortified that she failed to see it coming.
Confused, guilt-ridden and grieving, she runs away to Hillen Hall, an old house by the coast in Devon, abandoning her classical
singing career and distancing herself from everyone but her sister Erica.
'Half the truth is often a whole lie' - Proverb
Hillen Hall, inherited by Simon from his mother and once a fine manor house, is now creaking and unloved. When Theo Hellyon, Simon's cousin, turns up at her door,
offering to help with its renovation, Alex is perplexed and intrigued, previously unaware that Simon even had a cousin.
And Theo is charming and attentive and reminds her strikingly of Simon so, despite Erica's warnings, it is impossible for Alex not to want him in her life.
But the old Hall has a tortured history which Alex cannot even begin to suspect and Theo is not remotely what he seems.
So how long will it be before Alex realises she is making a fatal mistake?
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‘I really enjoyed this book it was so beautifully written with characters that felt like real people. I couldn't put it down.’ Linda Else
‘The first novel I've read in years and I loved every minute of it. I'm not usually a big fan of mystery type stories, but this contains some great characters - all thoughtfully composed - and spins an intriguing and engaging plot set in a beautifully described landscape.’ David Goodman
‘I really enjoyed this book: so much so that I was sorry to reach the end… Highly recommended.’ B J Burton
‘The suspense was complex enough to keep me awake far too long on my last night with the book, eager to get to the end, hopeful that our feisty protagonist would sort out the subterfuge before it overwhelmed her.’ Lorraine Devon Wilke
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My books are sometimes chosen to be read by book clubs and I’m thrilled to know that people are engaging with my stories and characters. It’s also interesting for me to hear your impressions and to see my characters through your eyes. If you have decided to read Deep Water, Thin Ice and would like more information about it, do get in touch. If your club is local to me, I should be happy to come and discuss it with you at a meeting if you would like; alternatively, we may be able to hook up on Skype.
I have prepared a list of questions you may choose to consider after reading Deep Water, Thin Ice. Click here to download a copy for your club.