Amanda Jennings

Amanda Jennings was born in London in 1973, and her family moved to a village in rural Berkshire when she was young. She accepted a place to read architecture at Cambridge University, but it soon became clear it wasn’t for her and after a year she changed course to History of Art. After she finished university, she set up a company with a friend writing copy for a variety of small businesses and then a year or so later was offered a job as a researcher at the BBC. But when she had her first child, she found it hard to juggle home life with working and could no longer ignore her yearning to write. When she became pregnant with her second child and encouraged by the success of a shortlisted sitcom script in a BBC writing competition, she took the opportunity to be at home with her children and grabbed every spare moment she could find to write. Amanda lives just outside Henley-on-Thames.

To the outside world Hannah married the perfect man. Behind the closed doors of their imposing home, it’s a very different story. Nathan controls everything Hannah does. He chooses her clothes, checks her receipts, and keeps her passport locked away. But why does she let him?

Years before, in the midst of a relentless storm, the tragic events of one night changed everything. And Hannah has been living with the consequences ever since. Keeping Nathan happy. Doing as she’s told.

But the past is about to catch up with them. Set against the unforgiving backdrop of a Cornish fishing port in the ‘90s, this is a devastating exploration of the power of coercive control in a marriage where nothing is quite as it seems…