Debut author Sampson's thriller has it all: an engaging heroine with psychological depth, an intriguing plot with perfect pacing and flawless atmospheric writing that creates a compelling world.

Londoner Robin Ballantyne is a single mother of twins who witnesses a terrible tragedy: a woman falls to her death in front of her. Coincidentally, the twins' father has been making a documentary about the dead woman, a neighbor of Robin's known for her activism. Because of circumstantial evidence, Robin becomes a prime suspect and must fight to prove her innocence and keep her children.

Sampson seamlessly folds Robin's personal story, as a young mother re-entering the workforce, into a gritty novel of mystery and murder. A stunning debut from a formidable talent. (Sep., 311 pp., $22.95)
Reviewed by: 
Cindy Harrison