Now, from the author of Destiny, comes a novel certain to be as talked about, as richly romantic and wicked, as that number one New York Times best seller. Lovers and Liars is Sally Beauman's sensuous, very contemporary story of public masks and secret lives, of a "perfect" marriage that is not what it seems, and of lovers long separated yet destined to meet, tumultuously, again.
After a wild night of partying, one teenage girl is dead and another has vanished. Dashing journalist Rowland McGuire thinks he knows who the culprit is, but his colleague Lindsay Drummond uncovers a connection that blows the case into something much bigger. With an innocent life on the line and an enraged killer on the loose, a love affair blossoms and a menacing plot unravels
The year is 1967. Thirteen-year-old Maisie is at her decaying family home, once a medieval abbey. Lucas, an artist and friend, is painting a portrait of Maisie and her sisters. Maisie embarks on a portrait of her own: telling the story of herself, her sisters and their lovers, and of her friend, Daniel Nunn. Twenty-three years later, Lucas's now-famous portrait features in a retrospective of his work. Daniel, obsessed by the sisters and determined to understand what happened that summer at the abbey, pursues answers.
"Love longing and loss"
April 1951. It is 20 years since the death of Rebecca, the beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter. It is 20 years since the inquest, which famously, and controversially, passed a verdict of suicide. Twenty years since Manderley, the de Winders' ancient family seat, was razed to the ground. But Rebecca's tale is just the beginning.... This is Sally Beauman's companion to Daphne du Maurier's classic, Rebecca.
Expertly weaving a cast of compelling characters with a moody, multilayered plot, Sally Beauman once again shows why she’s the reigning mistress of drama and suspense. Part mystery, part allegory, and part love story, Sextet reveals the yearnings and dangerous desires of the human heart as it hurtles to a stunning climax.
Sent abroad to Egypt in 1922, 11-year-old Lucy is caught up in the excitement that surrounds the hunt for Tutankhamun's tomb. When she meets Frances, the daughter of an American archaeologist, the two girls spy on the grown-ups and a lifelong bond is formed. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, the mistakes she made, Lucy disinters her past. And she finally comes to terms with what happened after Egypt, when Frances needed Lucy most.
The summer of 1967, at a decaying house in the heart of Suffolk: an artist is painting a portrait of 13-year-old Maisie and her elder sisters, beautiful Julia and bookish Finn. Maisie embarks on a portrait of her own: she begins an account of her family and of her village friend Daniel Nunn, a young man she idolises, whom she watches over the chasm of a class divide. This is the summer when the three sisters' lives will irrevocably, and terribly, change.