He’d seen her somewhere once—he was sure of that. But the young woman gave no hint of recognition and before this could be explained, everything fell apart. . . . Tim Harding has come to Cornwall at the behest of a friend to represent him in an auction and facilitate the purchase of a much-coveted antique ring. Hayley Winter has come there for reasons of her own . . . and a centuries-old mystery is about to come crashing down around them both.
A decade before, a woman matching Hayley’s exact description died in a suspicious diving accident—at the side of the man giving Harding his orders. Now the ring, said to have been cut off the finger of a drowned British naval commander in 1707, is at the center of a many-tendrilled puzzle. Uncanny resemblances . . . stunning contradictions . . . Then Hayley’s sudden disappearance . . . For Harding, one misstep and a handful of coincidences ignite a search through dozens of lives, back into English history and the age of the Black Death, and forward to a fatal meeting in Germany . . . to find Hayley, her true identity, and the most shocking secret of all.
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.
“The master of the clever twist.” –Sunday Telegraph
“Second to none when it comes to duplicity and intrigue…A master of manipulation.” –Daily Mail
“One of Britain’s finest thriller writers’.” –Time Out
“Smoothly plotted ... Goddard's gentle pacing and even prose build to an absorbing finale.”—Publishers Weekly