C.L. Taylor


When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t.


The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two-year-old daughter Elise.


What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.


Jo is convinced it’s all a misunderstanding and she trusts social services and the medical professions she’s dealing with to do their job. But when they start to threaten to take Elise away, considering Jo to be an unfit mother, she sees no other way to keep her child safe. RUN.



CL Taylor’s writing is like a lid being screwed down — tighter and tighter it gets, and you know at some point the drama will just explode.

Jeremy Vine
Jeremy Vine


Psychological Thriller

UK Publication

HarperCollins, March 2017

US Publication

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