Before she opens the door – before she even sets foot on the drive – she is on her guard. She knows he’s there, he’d told her he would be, and yet the house is dark. If he’d left for any reason, he would have texted – “Gone to buy wine. Back in ten” – but when she checks her phone, there’s no message.
Chapter One ..
The parcel of fish and chips was warm under Rowan’s arm as she agitated the key in the lock. “Come on,” she pulled the key out then jammed it in again just as the automatic light turned out and plunged the hallway into darkness. At the same moment, she heard the first shrill note of her ringtone.
“Christ’s sake”. Leaving the key in the lock, she pulled the phone from her pocket. Its screen was a bright rectangle the dark. A London number but she didn’t recognise it. “Yes?” Impatience made her brusque …
I can’t tell you how many times I have struggled to get the front door key in the lock the right way round, then had to dash for the alarm to get the code punched in before all hell breaks loose!
Then – you guessed it – the phone rings – although unlike Rowan, I seldom make it to answer the call before the caller rings off!
This book is definitely a keeper for me, off the back of those lines alone.
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