A whirlwind romance. A perfect marriage. Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband fails to come home... The more questions Hannah asks, the fewer answers she finds. But are the secrets that Mark has been keeping designed to protect him or protect her? And can you ever really know what happened before you met?
On an icy winter weekend, seven friends celebrate New Year's Eve at Stoneborough, a grand manor in the English countryside. They've been brought together by Lucas Heathfield, a young man who recently inherited the property after the tragic death of his uncle Patrick. Over one decadent, dramatic year, as the friends frequently gather at the shadowed residence, secrets slide out and sexual tensions escalate, shattering friendships and forever changing lives.
"Stellar! You won't be able to stop!"
When brilliant young painter Marianne Glass is found dead in her snow-covered Oxford garden, her closest friend, Rowan Winter, knows it wasn't an accident. Rowan's pursuit of the truth takes her into every corner of her friend's life, from bohemian East London to the professional art world, in which Marianne made her name. The deeper she goes, the more Rowan discovers that some secrets are better left uncovered, and others can be lethal....
After the suicide of his uncle, Lucas Heathfield inherits Stoneborough Manor in Oxfordshire. He imagines it as a place where he and his tight-knit group of friends can spend time away from London. But from the beginning, the house changes everything. It begins to have a strange effect on Lucas and he becomes haunted by the death of his uncle, obsessed by ciné films of his uncle's friends at Stoneborough 30 years earlier. Within the claustrophobic confines of the house over a hot, decadent summer, secrets slide out of the past and sexual tensions escalate, shattering the group's friendship and changing their lives irrevocably.
Als Hannah Mark begegnet, ist es um sie geschehen - mit der Hochzeit beginnt die glücklichste Zeit ihres Lebens. Doch als Mark nach einer Geschäftsreise nicht nach Hause kommt, beschleicht Hannah ein ungutes Gefühl. Weshalb ist er nicht zu erreichen? Warum sind all seine Papiere verschwunden? Wieso wurde ihr Konto geplündert? Und wer ist die Fremde, die dauernd anruft? Je mehr Fragen Hannah stellt, desto weniger Antworten bekommt sie. Gefangen in einem Labyrinth aus Rätseln, wird ihr langsam klar, dass Mark nicht der ist, für den sie ihn immer gehalten hat. Sie hegt einen grauenhaften Verdacht.