“Maggie Gee’s excellent novel treads a sure path between love and fear. . . . I read it twice, and it was even better the second time.”—Anita Brookner“Full of poignancy and power”—Jeanette Winterson“Heart-stoppingly exciting.”—Time OutA novel of towering stature, with all the stealth and suspense of a thriller, written in condemnation of violence and secrecy, in praise of courage and the redeeming power of love.Maggie Gee was chosen as one of Granta’s original Best Young British Novelists. She has published many novels to great acclaim, including The White Family, shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She was the first female chair of the Royal Society of Literature, and she lives in London.