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The nuns called her Eve when they found her lying unconscious in a Burgundy field. She had no possessions apart from a Tangier/Algeciras ferry ticket - not even her memory, though her accent suggests she is American. Doctors have been unable to dredge anything from her mind to tell her who she is, and their examinations have only been able to inform her of one thing: that she once had a child. The convent has been her home since then - a simple, tranquil life. Then one night, while she is away, a dozen camouflaged men make their way through the convent, murdering the sisters in cold blood. Only Sister Heloise escapes. And she tells Eve that the men had been focused on looking for one person, 'the American'. With no idea why the men wanted to find her so badly, Eve must flee. Her only clue is the ferry ticket. She heads for Tangier on a desperate journey in search of her identity and her history. But the precious knowledge may be more terrible than she can imagine...show more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 165 x 242 x 33mm | 559g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752856405
  • 9780752856407

About Jenny Siler

Jenny Siler grew up in Missoula, Montana. For much of her life, she has travelled and worked her way around the world, starting as a prep-cook in the scullery of a men's soup kitchen, through working in a fish cannery, to being a nude sketch model at an art museum in Frankfurt. She is married with one daughter and lives in Lexington, Virginia.show more

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'Siler's fourth and best-yet novel is a pounding, precisely-plotted thriller ... Siler brilliantly explores the nature of amnesia, portraying it as a condition to be feared, understood and overcome. She writes well about violence, fear and betrayal (all constituents of the climate she explores) and her sense of place ... is acute and exciting. Flashback is a terrific read. On present form Jenny Siler is showing the competion a clean and perfectly-shaped pair of heels.' LITERARY REVIEW 'Jenny Siler's excellent new novel is a fast rush of a story and Siler keeps the reader glued to the pages as Eve discovers who and what she truly is. A real cracker.' -- Mark Timlin INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Siler's well-paced thriller takes Eve on a journey through Europe, slowly regaining her memory of a life in which she consorted with an assorted band of shady characters, none of whom she can trust.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Siler has created a fast-paced page-turner of a novel. This is partly down to her heroine, who tackles the danger of investigating her past with enough toughness to be admirable and enough humour and vulnerability to be likeable.' INK 'With many a twist and turn in a tightly plotted and well-paced narrative, this is a read that is flush with action and suspense in equal measure. Thriller devotees will not be disappointed.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'Jenny Siler gives us a fast-paced, eventful novel, helped by keeping Eve on the move as she tries to piece together her past. The plot is well constructed, following a logical sequence. However, it is not simple and there are one or two interesting twists. Suspense is maintained well throughout... Flashback is a cleverly structured, tense and often witty novel, worth reading.' SHOTS 'The taut dialogue doesn't leave much room for distractions... Siler has a gifted turn of phrase.' WARWICKSHIRE EVENING TELEGRAPH 'Flashback is the first in a proposed 3-book series. Readers who like their books suspenseful and appreciate a strong female protagonist should find Flashback a very satisfying beginning.' I LOVE A MYSTERYshow more