Lancashire, 1858. Annie Hallam has at last found complete happiness. She has three healthy babies and adores her husband Frederick. After years of struggling to make a living in the small town of Bilsden, Annie knows she deserves to sit back and enjoy her life – after all, she’s not yet forty, and still in her prime.
But worries are on the horizon. Frederick has been looking rather pale lately. Her brother Tom hasn’t moved on after the death of his wife. Rebecca, her half-sister, is longing for something more than her work in the salon. And William, her son, isn’t happy at university.
And something much more dangerous is looming – a threat not only to Annie’s peace of mind, but to her life . . .