Female Friendship. Betrayal. Suspense.
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Catherine Wheel

Liz Evans

Where did she come from? And how far will she go?

Five years ago, Kate’s partner, Max, abandoned her for his pregnant lover. The affair has long since crumbled, but Kate has become fixated with Vee, her ‘replacement’. In a bid to find out what compelled Max to leave, she moves to Bridgewell, which stands in the shadow of St Catherine's Chapel, where Vee is now raising her four-year-old daughter, Iona. 
Warm and trusting, Vee is juggling work, single parenthood and a controlling ex-partner, Max, with whom she is still secretly sexually involved. Glad of Kate’s friendship, she nevertheless wonders what has brought this glamorous but brittle woman to such a quiet corner of middle England.
When Vee meets charismatic artist Tom, she is hopeful of establishing her first meaningful attachment since Max. But Kate has her own plans...
Against a backdrop of ancient ghosts, mystical forces and long-buried tragedy, Vee unwittingly yields to Kate’s cruel agenda, until the past and present collide with devastating consequences. 

About the Author

Liz Evans Liz Evans is a British journalist, author, former psychotherapist and academic with a PhD in Creative Writing. Currently based on unceded Melukerdee land in Lutruwita/Tasmania, she has written for the NME, The Guardian, New Statesman, Elle, Dumbo Feather, Lunch Lady, Island Magazine, Womankind and The Conversation, among many others. She has been awarded two Varuna Residential Fellowships and the Katharine Susannah Prichard Fellowship, as well as an Arts Tasmania grant for an Education Residency. 



‘Moving and thoughtful, with the propulsion of a page turning thriller. The book made me desperate to know what would happen to these women and their lives. I loved it.’ –Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat and The Doll Funeral


‘a taut, multi-layered psychological thriller’ –Melanie Joosten, author of Berlin Syndrome and Like Fire-Hearted Suns


‘Stifling psychological suspense develops into a broader conversation about toxic masculinity, societal expectations of women and the importance of true friendship. Recommend this to readers of intelligent feminist noir, such as Jacqueline Bublitz and Catherine Chidgey.’ Books+Publishing




Pub Date
August 2024




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