Mia is a cancer survivor still struggling to ditch her medication and care for her four-old-daughter alone, when she faces every woman’s worst nightmare, an internet stalker. “He” claims to be her Number One Fan and Mia, a successful novelist accustomed to such approaches, replies briefly to his first email – a mistake that delights “Him”.
As always with John Nicholl’s inspired psychological thrillers, the killer is hidden from his potential victims in plain sight of readers. Powerless, they can only watch as “His” actions escalate until they rule Mia’s life and threaten her daughter, Isabella. Even their flight to Mia’s parents’ Italian villa leads to tragic failure; “He” is there.
DCI Gravel, affectionately known as Grav, facing a choice of retirement or a desk job, becomes involved when Mia appeals to him as a family friend. How far will he go to help her when his own daughter, Emily, receives a horrific gift from the killer?