From the Publisher
Commonwealth Prize nominee Genni Gunn has penned an ingenious psychological who-done-it, placing at its dark centre a flawed but redeemable heroine. Kate is a 30-something social anthropologist returning to the emotional crime scene she reluctantly calls home. While she mercilessly unearths the remnants of a life littered with abandonment, lies and loss, she also unravels the coil that binds her to Iris, the mother she never knew. Iris’ haunting disappearance lurks on the periphery of Kate’s strained relations with her only surviving family: Joe, her taciturn father; Rose, her benevolent aunt; and Elaine, her reticent stepmother. Like the endangered cultures she researches, Kate faces extinction through contact with poisonous knowledge and must weigh the price of truth or risk annihilation at the hands of those she so desperately wants to trust.