Marianne might be losing her memory, but she remembers the night, almost five decades ago, when Patrice Moreau was knifed to death.
She knows who murdered him, too, in the hidden room in the flat above the bar. And unbeknownst to her carers at the nursing home, the frail, sharp-tongued old lady once traded the truth for love.
Only one person gets on with the irascible Marianne. And that’s Zac, a troubled young carer with a secret of his own. However closely he guards the truth, though, Marianne’s guesses come dangerously near. After all, she knew a man like Zac before. She helped him disappear. She helped him become a woman.
Haunted by the events that fatal night in an idyllic French town, the dying Marianne makes a last trip there. She takes Zac with her, convinced that the hidden world of Bar Patrice can set him free, too. Before that can happen, though, everyone must confront one last, painful truth.
Catherine Deveney is a multi-award-winning journalist, feature writer and novelist. For many years she worked at Scotland on Sunday's Spectrum Magazine, conducting in-depth interviews with a wide range of subjects from Adele to Alex Salmond, Donald Trump to Deborah Mitford, serial killers to cyclists. In 2010 she made the leap to fiction, with Ties that Bind, followed by Kiss the Bullet and Dead Secret. Her acclaimed novels are marked by their in-depth, realistic portrayals of characters in extreme emotional situations.