by Jacqui Lofthouse

May 22nd 2018 Ebook, world rights. [Print rights: Bloomsbury]

A first digital edition of Jacqui Lofthouse's literary international bestseller


Alison Bliss, celebrity model and writer, walks into the sea on a ‘bluethroat morning’.  In death, she becomes an even greater icon than in life. Six years later, husband Harry is still haunted by her suicide. In order to move forward into a new relationship, he must first relive the past. 


A thriller full of twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing. Every word is magical, almost luminous.’  – Daily Mail


‘A classic tale of longing.’ – Time Out


‘A moving read, threaded through with mystery and excitement.’  – Good Housekeeping Magazine


‘If this were a movie script, one might pitch it as Twiggy meets Sylvia Plath in a remake of Hitchcock’s Vertigo.’  – Scotland on Sunday


‘There are many elements to savour in this novel: the intertwining of past and present; the struggle to write and the responsibility of writing about others’ lives. Best of all, Lofthouse has a fine eye for the bleak Norfolk landscape and how it both reflects and affects characters’ moods.’  – Tracy Chevalier author of Girl with a Pearl Earring

‘Captures the spacey feel of Norfolk well – an engaging read, intriguingly structured, tough in some of its insights, and sexy too.’  – Lindsay Clarke, author of The Chymical Wedding, winner of the Whitbread Prize for Fiction 


‘Those who feel the reading public’s love of the 19th century Gothic mystery may be abating will be given pause by this latest entry in the field of pastiche. This is a considerable piece, full of subtle characterization and a well-chosen raft of literary underpinnings.’  – Publishing News


‘The intertwining of the two main stories is very skilfully done, as is the delicacy and understanding she brings to the key themes – suicide, creativity, love and especially paternal love. Very moving.’

  – Henry Sutton, novelist and co-director MA Creative Writing, UEA