- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 544 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 33mm | 360g
- Publication date: 21 June 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0857382942
- ISBN 13: 9780857382948
- Sales rank: 88,566
Rose Janko is missing. It has been seven years since she disappeared, and nobody said a word. Now, following the death of his wife, her father Leon feels compelled to find her. Rumour had it she ran off when her baby boy was born with the family's genetic disorder. Leon is not so sure. He wants to know the truth and he hires a private investigator to discover it - Ray Lovell. Ray starts to delve deeper, but his investigation is hampered by the very people who ought to be helping him - the Jankos. He cannot understand their reluctance to help. Why don't they want to find Rose Janko?
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Stef Penney was born and grew up in Edinburgh. After a degree in Philosophy and Theology from Bristol University she turned to film-making, studying Film and TV at Bournemouth College of Art. On graduation she was selected for the Carlton Television New Writers Scheme and has since written and directed two short films. Her first novel, The Tenderness of Wolves is a world-wide bestseller and prolific award-winner. Stef lives in London.
'A supreme story-teller on top form' The Times. 'A beautifully crafted novel with skilful characterisation and a plot which twists and turns ... this story of loss, deceit and family tragedy lingers long after you've finished the book' Daily Express. 'Penney has a real gift for storytelling and this tale [...] is pretty compelling from the beginning' Glasgow Sunday Herald. 'Highly impressive thriller ... a terrific novel with much disturbing wisdom amid the thrills' A.N. Wilson, Reader's Digest. 'A marvellously atmospheric piece of writing' Financial Times. 'Chilling' Daily Express. 'a story teller on top of her game' Independent.