"...an outstanding psychological thriller. I loved it."
Professor Olivia Sweetman, glamorous TV presenter and respected historian, has just published what she hopes will be a best seller based on the life and career of Annabel, a Victorian woman who emerges from a difficult life at home to create a professional life as a doctor at a time when this is extremely rare. She bases the story on a diary presented to her by Vivian, housekeeper to the elderly Lady Burley who is in a nursing home.
Olivia apparently has it all: career, husband, family and looks. Vivian is the opposite with a mundane job, ordinary looks and few relationships apart from with her beloved dog.
But Vivian holds a secret which could topple Olivia from her perch and destroy her reputation. The reasons for this and the workings of her mind are half of the fascination of the book. The other half is the effect that this secret has on Olivia and the way in which her comfortable values are tested when all is at stake.