The Nature of the Beast



The Nature Of The Beast

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Douglas Petty is a man who enjoys his reputation as an unreconstructed male with a penchant for too much wine and too many women.  Inheriting his father's eccentric estate and dog sanctuary quietened him a little, and marriage to Amy a little more.  Even so, it seemed out of character for him a sue a tabloid newspaper for libel when it printed a scurrilous story about him.

His lawyers told him he had a good chance of winning the case, mainly because Amy's testimony would clearly refute the story.  But then Amy is involved in a horrendous train crash and while the authorities assume she died in the resulting fire, there is no body to prove it.   And if she wasn't killed why has she disappeared and, with no money and no other family, where is she?

In a story of mesmerising suspense, Amy slowly reveals why she cannot return to her beloved home, and why she can never escape from the lies she was told as a child.


“Frances Fyfield has the same ability as Ruth Rendell to show the dark side of ordinary people…grips from the beginning.”
Sunday Telegraph

“Fyfield’s cool eye misses nothing and spares nobody.”
Sunday Times

“Fyfield knows how to keep the reader gripped right until the end…an intriguing read”
Mail on Sunday

“Brilliantly written…a must for the autumn”
Marie Claire


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