Saying goodbye is never easy, but at least Nicci has one last chance to make a difference before she goes. She's decided to leave letters, giving her most treasured possessions to her closest friends. To her single friend Mona she bequeaths her husband David. To childless Jo, Nicci leaves the care of her three-year-old twin daughters. To Lizzie she leaves her prized garden.
When someone is under your skin, there is only so far you can run.... She can run. But can she hide? Helen Graham is a new arrival in a tiny Yorkshire village, renting dilapidated Wildfell Hall. The villagers are intensely curious - what makes her so jumpy, and why is she so evasive? Their interest is Helen's worst nightmare. Looking over her shoulder every day, she tries to piece together her past before it can catch up with her.