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Publication date: July 2013 | UK Publisher: Headline

Ben Makepeace, a screenwriter, is recently divorced, with a young son to care for. So when he’s invited up to Stoneham Park in Oxfordshire to meet someone who wants to bankroll his latest script, he jumps at the chance.

Victor Sheldon is a hedge fund billionaire yet when Ben meets him he’s bemused, for Victor is none other than old school friend Jacob, last seen some twenty-five years ago. Victor is eager to introduce him to the various occupants of his Palladian home and Ben can’t quite believe the great stroke of good fortune. But history can cast a long shadow, and soon Ben finds himself caught up in a vicious endgame with roots buried deep in the past of his childhood.




‘Page after fast-turning page.... this is an elegantly written and irresistible thriller’

Mail on Sunday - Novel of the Week

‘It is a clever, teasing hybrid of genres (psychological thriller, dark comedy, Pardoner's Tale and dystopia) and is fraught with tensions about money, class and the super rich.... a taught, gripping psychodrama and a wonderful, twisted take on the 'wild divergences' of contemporary Britain’

Spectator Magazine

‘Part psychological thriller, part mystery this [is a] stylish tale... extremely readable’

Sunday Mirror

‘An amazing sense of place, and masterly twists to keep the reader guessing’


‘The plot is excellent... ’

New Books Magazine

‘A master of the art of murderous storytelling’

The Sunday Times

‘Clever, original, subtle and stylish’

The Observer