What the publisher says:
Julie is devastated to learn that her husband, Paul, is having an affair. It seems her life can’t get any worse – until she comes home to find his dead body in their bed.
When the police establish he was murdered, Julie is the obvious suspect.
To protect her son from the terrible situation, Julie sends the teenage boy to his grandparents in Edinburgh while she fights to prove her innocence.
With all the evidence pointing to her, the only way she can escape conviction is by discovering the true identity of her husband’s killer.
But who really did murder Paul?
The truth is never straightforward…
What I say:
Julie’s world is rocked when she discovers a message on her husband’s mobile revealing that he is having an affair. Even though she knows things are not quite right she never suspected this. Not wanting to rock the boat she keeps quiet, until that is he is found dead in bed one morning.
As the wife of an adulterer the police turn their attention to her as the obvious suspect. Julie didn’t do it however and sets out to find out who did so that she can stay out of prison and prove herself to her teenage son who is devastated by the loss of his father, especially since all the evidence points to his mother being the killer.
As her investigations continue Julie discovers much more about Paul than she ever imagined. Her friends are split and unsure whether to believe her and her parents-in-law think they should take over looking after her son.
Julie seems to veer from crisis to crisis and as she investigates her husband’s double life it is difficult to understand how she did not know what was happening. As a main character Julie is at times likeable and at times makes decisions that no sane person would make. This proves a good way to make her a realistic character rather than a one dimensional one.
As you might expect, the murderer is uncovered but the journey to get there and the identity of the killer are enough to keep you guessing until the end.
Rating 4 out of 5
Leigh Russell, author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel crime series, has sold well over a million books worldwide.
Her novels have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Turkish. Reaching #1 on Kindle, her books have been selected as Best Fiction Book of the Year by the Miami Examiner, voted Best Crime Fiction Book of the Year in Crime Time, a Top Read on Eurocrime and shortlisted for the John Creasey New Blood CWA Dagger Award, long listed for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and a finalist for the People’s Book Prize.
Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English. She serves on the board of the Crime Writers Association, chairs the Debut Dagger Judges, and is a Royal Literary Fellow