The three Douglas sisters were all expected to do well. Now, as they approach middle age, Gillian has her career and Frances is successfully bringing up her sons on her own. Then comes the phone call from Alec, the husband who left her for her sister Susan, thirteen years ago. Susan was always the problem, and now she has disappeared, abandoning Alec and her daughter Kate. Who’s responsible for the surly teenaged Kate now? Not Frances, surely? As they begin to wonder what has really happened to her, Frances and Gillian find their sister is as powerful and disruptive as ever. This is a family full of secrets. Now there’s another secret, and a new crisis is looming. It’s not always the things you fear most which matter in the end.
‘I don’t see the point in waiting for Susan to turn up. I have waited, quite a long time.’
‘I can’t believe this.’ Frances set her glass down with a sharp clink on the wooden floor. ‘You’re giving up on your wife, barely four months after she disappears. You said yourself she was ill. She could be in desperate circumstances. Alec, she could be dead.’ She stopped, appalled. Only the wine could have made her say this.
“Sensitively written, it contains keen characterisation and a strong awareness of the problems facing women today.”
– Scottish Review of Books
Moira Forsyth is the author of four novels and many short stories and poems published in anthologies and magazines. She worked for many years in Education, including teaching in a Young Offenders’ Institution in the North of England, then latterly in Highland as the strategic lead for government initiatives to assist young people to move on successfully from school. She is now Editorial Director at Sandstone Press. Her previous novels, Waiting for Lindsay and David’s Sisters were originally published by Sceptre, but are now available as e-books from Sandstone Press, which also published Tell Me Where You Are (2010) and The Treacle Well (2015).