From the author of the runaway bestseller The Girl in the Letter comes a heartwrenching, twisting novel of betrayal, tragedy and a shocking family secret buried for decades. 1952. Thirteen-year-old Rebecca decides to become a doctor after watching her mother Harriet die on the steps of their clifftop home. Harriet was shot by her husband who then turned the gun upon himself. As Rebecca fled Seaview Cottage, she saw a stranger in the window watching her. But no one would believe her story and the tragic case was closed. Present day. Iris, a journalist at The Times , has always been close to her mother Rebecca, a retired senior paediatrician. But when her mother insists Iris reads the diaries of her late grandmother Harriet, who was murdered by her husband, Iris starts to realise there is more to the past than she has always believed. At the Times , Iris receives a lead on a troubled young woman who is on the run with her dangerously ill baby. To Iris's surprise, the search takes her to Seaview Cottage, the scene of her grandmother Harriet's murder. Iris is about to discover what really happened in the clifftop cottage that fateful night... and to lay bare a secret so shocking it will change everything she thought she knew about her family.