"An intricate, eloquent novel of family malice, longings and betrayal... O'Farrell maintains a high level of tension throughout, and the conclusion is devastating." - Publishers Weekly, starred.
"A gripping read with superbly crafted scenes that will blaze in the reader's memory long after the novel is returned to the shelf." - Booklist.
A stunning phone call crashes through Iris Lockhart's quiet life: Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital where she has been locked away for over sixty years. Esme's papers are indisputable, and Iris can see the shadow of her dead father in Esme's face. Iris knows it's ill-advised to take Esme home, but she can't allow this charming woman to be sent away to another hopeless place. And Esme has been cleared as harmless. But why was she locked away in the first place? And why wasn’t she ever mentioned? How did she become so completely lost? What secrets will she reveal about Iris's family?