Karen Bloom is not the coddling mother type. She believes that tough discipline is the true art of parenting. She expects her husband and her children to perform at 200 percent, no matter the cost. But her unending quest for excellence causes her seemingly flawless family to rebel against her. When tragedy strikes the Blooms, Karen's carefully constructed facade begins to fall apart - and once the deadly cracks appear, they are impossible to stop.
Lisa Kallisto is the not-so-perfect model of the modern woman. During an impossibly hectic week, Lisa takes her eye off the ball for a moment and her world descends into a living nightmare. Not only is her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter missing, but it's Lisa's fault. To make matters worse, Lucinda is the second teenage girl to disappear within the past two weeks. The first one turned up stripped bare and abandoned on the main street after a horrible ordeal. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and after having been publicly blamed by Lucinda's family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong.
"Could this have been me?"
Natty and Sean Wainwright have a rock-solid marriage and family. When their younger daughter falls ill on an overseas school trip, Natty rushes to her side. Luckily, Natty's best friend from college, Eve Dalladay, is visiting and offers to stay with Sean to lend a hand in the Wainwright household. But Natty returns home to find that Sean has fallen in love with Eve. Natty attempts to start anew, but Eve is there to knock her down again.
"Put Realiity On-Hold Here; A Bit Over The Top"
We all think we know who we are. What we’re capable of. Roz is a single mother, a physiotherapist, a sister, a friend. She’s also desperate. Her business has gone under, she’s crippled by debt and she’s just had to explain to her son why someone’s taken all their furniture away. But now a stranger has made her an offer. For one night with her, he’ll pay enough to bring her back from the edge. Roz has a choice to make.
Single mother Roz has reached her breaking point. After the dissolution of her marriage, Roz's business has gone under, debts are racking up, the rent is late, and she's struggling to provide for her son, who is misbehaving in school. When Roz gets an eviction notice, she knows it's time for action - she has two weeks to find a solution, or they will be kicked out of their home.
"Can't get past the contradictions"
Karen Bloom has always wanted the best things in life. And that includes her children; quite simply, she expects them to be perfect. Her son, Ewan, has been something of a disappointment, and she won't be making the same mistake again with her beloved daughter, Bronte. Bronte's every waking hour will be spent at music lessons and dance classes, doing whatever it takes to excel. But as Karen pushes Bronte to the brink, the rest of the family crumbles.
What if your best friend’s child disappears? On your watch? What would you do? This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto one freezing December in the English Lakes. Her whole world descends into the stuff of nightmares. Because, not only is 13-year-old Lucinda missing, and not only is it all Lisa’s fault, but she’s the second teenage girl to disappear within a fortnight. And the first one turned up stripped bare, after suffering from a terrifying ordeal. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and after being publicly blamed by Lucinda’s family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong.
Natty and Sean Wainwright are happily married. Rock solid in fact. So when Natty's oldest friend, Eve Dalladay, appears - just as their daughter collapses on a school trip in France - Natty has no qualms about leaving Eve with Sean to help out at home. Two weeks later and Natty finds Eve has slotted into family life too well - her husband has fallen in love with Eve. He's sorry, he tells her, but their marriage is over. With no option but to put a brave face on things for the sake of the children, Natty embarks on building a new life for herself.
Lisa Kallisto, heillos überforderte Mutter dreier Kinder, ist verzweifelt: Lucinda, eine Freundin ihrer Tochter, ist spurlos verschwunden - dabei hätte sie in Lisas Obhut sein sollen, denn es war geplant, dass sie die Nacht bei den Kallistos verbringt. Die Polizei vermutet, dass Lucinda bereits am Vortag entführt wurde. Um ihr Versagen wiedergutzumachen, macht sich Lisa selbst auf die Suche nach dem Mädchen.