Deep As Bone
by Malla Duncan
“I was now so close he could slide an arm around me. I was tall but I had to tilt my head to look up at him. My chin would have fitted nicely into the lower curve of his neck. And I could have done just that. He smelt tangy, like the sea. My tongue longed for a lick of salt. I could have easily pressed against that lean body, turned my face to his – and we would have locked in a violent kiss leading inevitably to hasty entanglement and disaster. Now was not the right time. I had to let the line run a bit. Time would create complexity and depth; a connection more difficult to unravel.”
Ilsa Joubert tries to leave memories behind when she goes to England to seek work as an au pair. She takes a job with the Henshaw's, a wealthy family as dysfunctional as her own. Her young charge, Amy, becomes the key to the mysterious disappearance of Clare Henshaw.
Fueled by an increasing infatuation with Amy’s father, Ilsa investigates Clare’s disappearance. But justice is not top of mind. Driven by her own dubious past, Ilsa finds herself in dangerous territory as she moves closer to the family skeleton – literally. But proving murder means having to find a body. And that isn’t easy when every move is being watched by a cold, calculating killer.
- Malla Duncan, May 2011
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