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In post-war London the enemy is brought under the roof of a British family.

'Wrapped in the roots of the sycamore was a skeleton; the remains of a woman, between twenty-five and thirty. She had carried a child . . .'

At the close of the Second World War Intelligence Officer Gus Clifton returns to London. On his arm is Krista, the German wife he married secretly in Berlin. For his sisters, this broken woman is nothing more than the enemy. For Nella, Gus's loyal fiancée, it is a terrible betrayal. These three friends wonder what hold Krista has over decent, honourable Gus. And, they ask themselves, how far they will have to go to permanently get her out of their home, their future, their England?


A gripping, immensely satisfying novel with a twist in the tale


Buchan brilliantly captures the blighted atmosphere of blitzed London

Daily Mail

The tension is palpable and the atmosphere claustrophobic. Buchan vividly conveys the mood of a post-war London brought to its knees. A powerful and emotional read

Sunday Express

I loved this story of post-war adjustment which sets up a mystery on the first page

Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stylist

So so good. Great writing, great story. I could not put it down

Marian Keyes

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    August 14, 2017

    Michael Joseph

    416 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • EBook


    August 11, 2016

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

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