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‘Like every Tremain novel, beautifully constructed and with unforgettably well-drawn characters. A very likely, and deserving, contender for this year’s Man Booker prize.’

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In a silent valley in southern France stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Its owner is Aramon Lunel, an alcoholic haunted by his violent past. His sister, Audrun, alone in her bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life. Into this closed world comes Anthony Verey, a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London seeking to remake his life in France. From the moment he arrives at the Mas Lunel, a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences is set in motion…

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  • ‘..her writing is always thrilling and this is much more than simply a page-turner…a terrific book: accomplished in its poised, imaginative storytelling and in its vivid, sensual rendering of landscape and character, emotion and memory.’

    Jane Wheatley, The Times
  • ‘Tremain describes the landscape, the houses, the entire setting of her novel with an unsentimental precision that is utterly convincing. [she] is such an assured and measured writer that it’s hard to thin of her as anything less than utterly conscious and in control. But perhaps the most fascinating thing about this book is the way that nastiness keeps bubbling, unbidden to the surface.’

    The Spectator

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