Fran made the biggest mistake of her life when she had an affair with Ben. Both their families live in the small, tight-knit town of Oakheart, and their daughters are the best of friends. The relationship is over, but her guilt haunts her every waking moment. She tries to push it down, but it’s always there, simmering just beneath the surface.

Fran has managed to keep the truth hidden from her husband… so far. But the cracks in their marriage are starting to show. Meanwhile, Ben and his wife Tessa seem stronger than ever, though Fran knows that things aren’t always as they appear. When Tessa begins trying to get closer to Fran, she’s scared – scared of what Tessa might do, of what she might lose.

High Heaven, a cliff overlooking the disused chalk pit on the outskirts of town, is a place of secrets. A woman tragically died there years ago, a woman who – Fran is shocked to discover – had a connection to Ben. The more she digs, the more she realises that the people around her aren’t who she thought they were at all.

The truth is out there, somewhere… but is Fran brave enough to face it?


Lots going on but wasn’t sure who the bad guy really was as none of them were actually good in the whole scheme of things. Fran was living in dreamland if she really thought her husband was not going to find out what she had done. Then Tessa opened up by telling her that she knew what she had done with her husband, could this get any worse? I do not think anyone would predict the conclusion to all this as it was a surprise, twists and turns and then someone dies! I really liked this and as usual, I did not get the answers to anything. What a shock at the end!

The paperback is published on Tuesday 15th August 2023

Deirdre lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England. She writes women’s and psychological fiction, under her own name, and as Zara Thorne. Becoming an author was a childhood dream, although she didn’t have much of a clue as to what it meant. But fast forward several years – okay, many years – and the dream showed signs of becoming reality. She entered the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition, twice, and came fourth, twice.

Her first novel, The Three of Us, a romcom, was indie-published with great success. Her second, Remarkable Things, was published by Crooked Cat, and shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award. Books that followed include two set in the 1960s – To Brighton and Back and A Little Drop of Moonshine. The Wife’s Revenge was her first in the psychological suspense genre, followed by The Girl in the Tunnel. Her books written as Zara Thorne include Christmas at Spindlewood and Summer at the Ginger Cat Cafe.

The book is available on Amazon and here are Deirdre’s social media accounts.







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