Upon waking from a year-long coma, Kate finds out that her young son, Sam, has been placed in the care of the parents she hasn’t spoken to in years. Can she get her child back – and uncover the truth behind her family’s secrets?

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“Gripping psychological novel.” Linda Gillard

“Utterly absorbing”

“A highly recommended read”

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When Kate wakes up from a year-long coma, the first person she asks for is her son. Recovering from a head injury and getting back on her feet takes all of Kate’s energy, but toddler Sam has left a hole in her heart – a hole that isn’t healed by the knowledge that Sam is being cared for by Kate’s mother.

Estranged from her parents since she was eighteen, Kate soon discovers they took Sam home to Cornwall months ago, convinced Kate would never wake up … By the time Kate is well enough to reclaim her son she is frantic with worry. Why hasn’t her mother brought Sam to see her? Why haven’t they replied to any of her letters? And why will no one talk to her about the circumstances around her injuries?


Signed copies can be bought directly from me – just drop me a line at joannephillipsmail@gmail.com. Paperbacks are also available from Bookshrop WhitchurchBook Depository & Waterstones, or can be ordered from any bookshop: ISBN 978-0957309432