"From the first time I saw them together I knew it felt wrong. I didn't like the way he touched her or the self-conscious way he played with Molly and Luke. Joanne saw none of it of course. So I did it to prove to her that she was wrong. I did it for us."
Cherry's instincts tell her that best friend Joanne's new boyfriend is bad news. Cherry fears for Joanne. Fears for Joanne's children. But Joanne won't listen because she's in love. So Cherry watches, and waits . . . and then she makes a choice.
But Cherry has a past, and secrets too. And is she really as good a friend to Joanne as she claims?
Alison Bruce is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Her five previous DC Gary Goodhew novels are published by Constable & Robinson. A fan of vintage clothes and the rockabilly music scene, for two years she wrote and presented a monthly 1950s music feature on BBC Wiltshire Sound.