'Hypnotic . . . An uncommonly clever whodunnit' - New York Times Book Review * 'Deftly plotted with vivid, compelling characters' - Jojo Moyes * 'One of the standout books of the summer' - Stylist * 'In the vein of Agatha Christie herself. Startling' - Irish Times. AN OBSERVER AND i BOOK OF THE YEAR
Jess Walker, middle child of a middle class family, has perfected the art of vanishing in plain sight. But when she arrives at a concrete university campus under flat, grey, East Anglian skies, her world flares with colour.
Drawn into a tightly-knit group of rule breakers - led by their maverick teacher, Lorna Clay - Jess begins to experiment with a new version of herself. But the dynamic between the friends begins to darken as they share secrets, lovers and finally a tragedy.
Soon Jess is thrown up against the question she fears most: what is the true cost of an extraordinary life?