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A powerful new stand-alone novel from Scotland's princess of crime -- author of the acclaimed Garnethill trilogy. Lachlan Harriot is in a state of shock. His wife Susie has been convicted of the murder of serial killer Andrew Gow, a prisoner in her care. Unless Harriot can come up with grounds for an appeal, Susie will be given a life sentence, depriving her of her home, her family and her two-year-old daughter. Harriot is convinced that his wife, a respected forensic psychiatrist, is innocent, and each night he climbs the stairs to her study and goes through her papers, laboriously transcribing into his computer her case notes, her interviews with Gow and the press cuttings from the trial. But his search for the truth soon raises more questions than answers. Why had Susie stolen prison files and then lied about it? What was the nature of her relationship with Gow? And what is it in her study that she doesn't want her husband to find? As things become ever more complex, he must decide what to do with a discovery that involves violence, sexual obsession, lust and ultimate betrayal. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: London ; Toronto : Bantam Press, 2002.
ISBN: 9780593051139
Characteristics: 300 p.


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Feb 29, 2016

Lachlan Harriot is convinced his wife is innocent of two murders and is searching for any clues in the papers she keeps in her home office. She is a psychiatrist who treated a serial killer before his conviction was overturned and his subsequent release. Now he, and his wife also, have been murdered and she the convicted murderer. This is called a mystery but the diary format of the book puts the emphasis more on Lachlan, the diarist, and his life at home. Mina creates atmosphere very well and we feel all the fear, anxiety, tension, bewilderment that Lachlan feels, and we begin to sense the same dread he has as he explores deeper and deeper into his wife's papers. Is his belief in her innocence misplaced? Keep reading.

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