Edith Lutz doesn't want to be found. She's left behind a comfortable home in a flurry of hastily packed bags, fleeing for an anonymous life in the city. With a new look, new name and new job as live-in housekeeper to wealthy publisher Adam, she's hoping to outwit her past and build herself a new life. Again.
A breath of fresh air in newly-divorced Adam's empty home, Edith soon becomes more than just the woman who does the dishes. Over long summer nights, Edith finds herself experiencing love for the first time, while Adam knows nothing of the real woman he's falling for.
Haunted by an impossible choice she faced as a teenager and the devastating repercussions that ended her closest friendship, Edith's been running ever since. She can never be quite sure whether her past is behind her. In fact, she's pretty sure it's not.
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'Agnes is a complex character... McGilvary writes with a compelling, acerbic style... An exceptional first outing that oozes guilt, suspense and talent'
-- Daily Record
'Fired with a disquieting energy that leaves you unprepared for the final revelation, A LOST WIFE'S TALE is a sharply modern debut novel'
-- Good Housekeeping - Book of the Month
'Great read... Identity, belonging, secrets and lies are the major themes of this taut novel... What is she hiding from? The answer is traced back to a devastating choice she made as a teenager'
-- Sainsbury's Magazine
'Gripping... An intriguing tale of a woman who abandons her comfortable domestic life, moves to London and assumes a new identity'
-- The Times
'Impressive... Edith Lutz is a woman on the run. Despite having changed her identity and forged a new life, her past is hot on her heels. A page-turning chiller' -- Woman & Home
'McGilvary's tale of a woman on the run from her husband and her past is suspenseful and griping, offset nicely by the sardonic humour of the acid-tongued narrator' -- Sunday Telegraph
'Punchy and direct with a keen eye for telling detail, Marion McGilvary tells the story of a woman on the run from her past... Grippingly good' -- Daily Mail
'Suspense combines with dark humour in this gripping tale of love, betrayal and secrets'
-- Waterstone's Books Quarterly
Marion McGilvary lives in London and has four grown up children. She has written for The Times, the Financial Times and the Observer, where she has been a regular contributor and columnist. A Lost Wife's Tale is her first novel.
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Book Description Penguin UK, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141036230