Des lettres bouleversantes.
Une jeune femme enfermée.
Un mystère à résoudre.
1956. Ivy Jenkins s'apprête à donner naissance à son premier enfant. Mais la société puritaine britannique des années 1950 ne lui permettra pas de profiter de ce bonheur. Abandonnée par son amant, répudiée par sa famille, elle est internée de force à St. Margaret, un couvent pour mères célibataires. Très rapidement, l'institution la sépare de son bébé. 2017. Samantha Harper, une jeune journaliste, tombe sur des lettres déchirantes qui révèlent les terribles conditions de détention d'Ivy Jenkins à St. Margaret. Au fil de ses recherches, elle découvre une série de morts suspectes. Alors que le couvent est sur le point d'être démoli, il ne lui reste plus que quelques heures pour faire éclater la vérité. Avant qu'elle ne soit ensevelie à jamais...
**Pre-order the BRAND NEW Emily Gunnis novel now** A richly layered, moving and unforgettable novel of two families and the devastating secret that binds them, f rom the global bestselling author of THE GIRL IN THE LETTER. She shone the torch around and spotted some names written in the wall: Clara, Sara, Megan. Who were these girls and what had they been doing in there? She slowly clicked open the trunk and as she shone her torch in, something caught her eye. In the corner, a leather-bound book. She opened it on the first page: ''Bella James, Patient Notes''. She began to read... When a little girl goes missing from Yew Tree Manor - the same house from which a girl vanished decades before - does the key to the present lie buried even deeper in the past, in the forgotten history of an innocent midwife accused of betrayal? When six-year-old Alice Hilton disappears on New Year''s Eve 1979 from Yew Tree Manor, suspicion immediately falls on local boy Bobby James. Bobby claims he knows nothing about it but his family has a grievance against Alice''s landowner father. Tragically the child is never found. Decades later, Willow James, an architect working on a development at Yew Tree Manor, discovers that the land surrounding the house is holding a secret. And when another little girl goes missing from Yew Tree, Willow realises the key to her disappearance lies in the history of the house, and the two families attached to it. A terrible wrong needs to be made right...and to uncover it, Willow must unravel events from 1945, when a midwife was falsely accused of a crime that happened at Yew Tree Manor... READERS ADORE EMILY GUNNIS''S MESMERISING NOVELS: ''Compelling, twisty, heart-wrenching and thought-provoking. A novel that stays with you. I was gripped '' Sophie Kinsella ''Utterly gripping, taut and powerful. An emotionally charged, compulsive, moving novel *****'' Adele Parks ''A great book, truly hard to put down. Fast paced, brilliantly plotted and desperately sad at times - all hallmarks of a bestseller'' Lesley Pearse ''A truly brilliant and moving read. I loved it'' Karen Hamilton ''Captivating and suspenseful '' Jessica Fellowes ''Loss, betrayal and a decades-old secret... BRILLIANT'' Heat magazine
Read her letter. Remember her story... Gripping. Mesmerising. Haunting. Heart-breaking. Once you've heard her story, you will never forget The Girl in the Letter. Perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Rachel Hore and Kathryn Hughes, this page-turning, moving novel of separation and long-buried secrets will stay with you for ever. In the winter of 1956 pregnant young Ivy is sent in disgrace to St Margaret's, a home for unmarried mothers in the south of England, run by nuns, to have her child. Her baby daughter is adopted. Ivy will never leave. Sixty years later, journalist Samantha stumbles upon a series of letters from Ivy to her lover, pleading with him to rescue her from St Margaret's before it is too late. As Sam pieces together Ivy's tragic story, terrible secrets about St Margaret's dark past begin to emerge. What happened to Ivy, to her baby, and to the hundreds of children born in the home? What links a number of mysterious, sudden deaths in the area? And why are those who once worked at St Margaret's so keen that the truth should never be told? As Sam unpicks the sinister web of lies surrounding St Margaret's, she also looks deep within - to confront some unwelcome truths of her own...
From the author of the runaway bestseller The Girl in the Letter comes a heartwrenching, twisting novel of betrayal, tragedy and a shocking family secret buried for decades. 1952. Thirteen-year-old Rebecca decides to become a doctor after watching her mother Harriet die on the steps of their clifftop home. Harriet was shot by her husband who then turned the gun upon himself. As Rebecca fled Seaview Cottage, she saw a stranger in the window watching her. But no one would believe her story and the tragic case was closed. Present day. Iris, a journalist at The Times , has always been close to her mother Rebecca, a retired senior paediatrician. But when her mother insists Iris reads the diaries of her late grandmother Harriet, who was murdered by her husband, Iris starts to realise there is more to the past than she has always believed. At the Times , Iris receives a lead on a troubled young woman who is on the run with her dangerously ill baby. To Iris's surprise, the search takes her to Seaview Cottage, the scene of her grandmother Harriet's murder. Iris is about to discover what really happened in the clifftop cottage that fateful night... and to lay bare a secret so shocking it will change everything she thought she knew about her family.