Hardworking Laura Swanton, a local G.P., has lavished all her affection on her wastrel twin brother.
But then he is sent to prison and his wife — of whose existence Laura has been unaware — comes to live with her and her mother.
Laura’s initial contempt for this woman curdles into vicious dislike, which finally becomes an obsession. She believes that she is the one who got Peter into trouble in the first place.
Somehow she must avert this threat to the very foundation of her existence. Somehow — but how?
John Burke was born in Sussex in 1922. He served in the Royal Air Force, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and the Royal Marines during the war. After working for the publishers Museum Press and the Books for Pleasure Group, he was a Public Relations and Publications Executive for Shell (1959–63) and Story Editor for Twentieth Century-Fox (1963–65) before becoming a full-time writer in 1966.