It is a golden evening of high summer in July 1990. Robin Timariot has set out that morning on what he has planned as a six-day tramp along part of Offa's Dyke. At the close of his first day's walk he encounters an elegant middle-aged woman who seems strangely out of place among the sheep and gorse of Hergest Ridge. They exchange only a few words of conversation, but their talk is enigmatic -- and unforgettable. A few days later, at the end of his walk, Timariot returns home to learn from the newspapers that, just a few hours after their meeting, the woman, whose name was Louise Paxton, was raped and then murdered, along with an artist, Oscar Bantock, who lived near by.
A man is swiftly charged and convicted of the crime, but a string of inexplicable events begins to convince Timariot -- and others -- that all is not what it seems. Timariot, fascinated by Louise Paxton's memory, is drawn irresistibly into the complex motives and relationships of her family and friends, searching against his better judgement for the secret of what really happened on the day she died.
The closer he gets to the truth, the more hideous and uncertain it seems to be. And far too late he realizes that it may threaten many powerful people. So much so that anybody who uncovers it is unlikely to be allowed to live.
From the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Rob's considerable experience in the Financial and Mergers & Acquisitions Sector, gained over 30 years at senior level in both corporate and private organisations, makes him an experienced, astute businessman - exactly the characteristics his clients need when selling their companies. He has been responsible for the sale of several hundred privately owned businesses, totalling in excess of 2bn in transaction value. His expertise spans a range of sectors. In financial services they include: Corporate Finance, Wealth Management, Banking and Insurance. In the Business-to-Business arena, his skills include Management Consultancy, Sales and Marketing. Since 2002 he has worked exclusively in M&A, where his unique blend of skills enables him to help SME business owners achieve the maximum value when selling their companies. He is an international speaker on the subject and has met with over 5,000 business owners in his career, providing guidance, support and consultancy.
"Goddard writes in measured, graceful strokes that seductively charm the reader—first with an amicable grip, then with an inexorable clench.... An elegant mix of secrets, deceits and slowly unfolding horrors. His characters, curiously one-dimensional on first inspection, quickly turn into accordions of personality and behavior."—Publishers Weekly
"A thriller in the classic storytelling sense...hughely enjoyable"—Times
"An atmosphere of taut menace...suspense is heightened by shadows of betrayal and revenge"—Daily Telegraph