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Wow! What a jaw dropping conclusion to what is a tense and suspenseful story.

Amanda Bonham is an expat, married to Edward, living in Singapore. She is step-mother to his teenage daughter, Josie, but desperate for their own baby. To others they probably seem like they have the perfect life, but Amanda doesn’t cope well with Edward spending so much time away. When their maid (apparently) commits suicide in their house she isn’t convinced and her suspicious mind starts to consume her. She also struggles to connect with Josie, although I don’t think there’s anything particularly unusual about that.

I can’t say I particularly warmed to Amanda, but I could empathise with her lonely lifestyle. Their luxury apartment should have seemed enviable, but somehow I almost felt claustrophobic whenever it was described. Not somewhere I would like to live, at all. I have lived in different counties with my husband, when he was a serving soldier, but I don’t think I would have coped with a posting abroad if he was to be away for most of it, however much he got paid!

I didn’t warm to Edward at all, but he is a fascinating character. He comes across as arrogant and self-absorbed and almost seems like he thinks Amanda should be thankful she has him, until he meets Camille and we see a slightly different side to him. He makes you question if you can ever really know someone though.

Josie comes across as a typical teenager, acting out after the death of their maid. Amanda is torn between trying to take care of her and trying not to be over protective.

Camille is another interesting character with a different tie to Edward Bonham. He seems so familiar to her and she needs to know why. Could he know what happened to her missing parents?

This book is so full of secrets and lies, I didn’t know what to believe one minute to the next. It has kept me on the edge of my seat as I was desperate to find out what was going on.

Intelligently written with intriguing characters and a fascinating plot, it certainly kept me guessing.

I highly recommend.

Via AmazonUK…..

Do you really want to know the truth?

Amanda Bonham moved halfway around the world to be with the man she loves. Although expat life in Singapore can be difficult, Edward Bonham is a dream husband and a doting father to his teenage daughter, Josie.

But when their maid dies in an apparent suicide—and Amanda discovers the woman was pregnant and hiding a stash of drugs prescribed to Edward—she can’t help but wonder if her perfect husband has a fatal flaw. And if he can’t resist temptation under their own roof, what does he get up to when he travels?

Camille Kemble also has questions for Edward. Recently returned to Singapore, Camille is determined to resolve a family mystery. Amid a jumble of faded childhood memories, she keeps seeing Edward’s handsome face. And she wants to know why.

For one woman, the search for answers threatens everything she has. For another, it’s the key to all she lost. Both will follow his trail of secrets into the darkness to find the truth.

About the author…..

Jo Furniss

After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the United Kingdom, she spent seven years in Singapore and also lived in Switzerland and Cameroon.

As a journalist, Jo worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle and the Economist. She has edited books for a Nobel laureate and the palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University.

Jo’s debut novel, All the Little Children, was an Amazon Charts bestseller.

Connect with her via Facebook (/JoFurnissAuthor) and Twitter (@Jo_Furniss) or through her website,


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