'Equally compelling and unsettling, this razor-sharp thriller reminds us that, for life to be truly lived, we must know death. In loss we confront our true nature, though we might not recognise the person we discover. In his customary electric prose, Keevil cranks up the tension. You won't be able to look away.'—Katherine StansfieldRead an extract
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From its show-stopping opening scene, Keevil’s tightly plotted page turner is full of momentum and unforgettable characters. Moving, profound and ultimately joyful, it turns on an exceptionally clever twist and is as revealing in its psychological acuity as it is in its portrait of organised crime.
All it takes to change a life is a single moment. A random stabbing on a London bus robs Eira of her husband and the future they had planned together. Fleeing to Prague, the city where they were engaged, she is offered an intriguing proposition. There’s a small job for someone like her: someone without a criminal record or personal connections; someone willing to take only a minor risk. All she needs to do is pick something up, and drive back. Just once. Only ever once.
Her mission takes her to a place where life is cheap and sordid deals are done. Risking her own life to save another, she must confront unspeakable evil and outrun those who would betray her.