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Author: Jessica Mann

Genre: Crime, Mystery & Thriller
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780749080129
Pages: 288
Rights: World
Pub. Date: 24th September 2007

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Price: £7.99

Format: Paperback

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From the bestselling author of Out of Harm's Way, this utterly compelling novel blends fact and fiction, past and present to make for a tantalising read that both haunts and intrigues. 

1940: SS The City of Benares is carrying child evacuees to safety from wartime Britain, among them two boys from Cornwall: Jonathan, son of the owner of the manor house Goonzoyle, and Ted Johns, the gardener's boy. In mid-Atlantic an enemy torpedo strikes, the ship sinks and the long list of lost children includes Ted Johns, while Jonathan survives.

1951: Jonathan returns to Cornwall where his only surviving relations are the Polhearnes. Young Rosina Polhearne has made friends with 13 year old Delia who is vacationing at a nearby caravan site, until Delia's stepmother disappears without trace, her father is suspected of murder, and the two girls lose touch.
2003: At home in Cornwall, Jessica Mann is researching her book about the wartime evacuation of children, Out Of Harm's Way. She meets Ted John’s sister Connie, who has bought the derelict Goonzoyle, to discuss the Benares disaster. When human bones are found in its grounds: the remains of two women, it gradually it becomes clear that beneath the events of that fateful night on the Atlantic lie half a century's worth of secrets, lies and crimes.

As hidden motives and buried emotions are unearthed, past and present collide…

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