By Graham Norton
November 2, 2022
Carol is a divorced teacher living in a small Irish town, her only son now grown. A second chance at love with the older Declan brings her unexpected connection and belonging, but sparks local speculation: what does a woman like her see in a man like him? What happened to his wife who abandoned him all those years ago?
The gossip only serves to bring them closer, but when Declan becomes ill things start to fall apart. His children are untrusting and cruel, and Carol is forced to leave their beloved home with its worn oak floors and elegant features and move back in with her parents. Unwilling to see her daughter suffer, Carol’s mother vows to get to the bottom of things. It seems there are secrets in Declan’s past, strange rumours that were never confronted, and suddenly the house they shared takes on a more sinister significance.
Compassionate, knowing and exquisitely tense, Graham Norton’s gripping and darkly comic novel looks beneath the surface of everyday life to reveal that dangerous place where hidden desires and forgotten fears lurk.