To the inhabitants of Brackton, retired physicist Rosemary Blunt is nothing but a respectable recluse. But Rosemary has a secret, and he’s lying comatose in a hospital only a few miles away. Should she let him live, or let him go? Into the midst of Rosemary’s dilemma comes bohemian artist, Ben. His abstract pictures and fixation with painting God disturb Rosemary, and yet she finds herself unable to keep away. As summer passes and an unlikely friendship develops, it becomes clear that Rosemary is not the only one with something to hide. Nor is she the only one battling the ghosts of the past. Rosemary and Ben must decide whether to trust each other, choosing between the madness of admitting the truth and the insanity of maintaining their lies. With their lives unravelling around them, can they help each other to confront the past, or are there some secrets too terrible to be told?
Chloe Banks threatened to be a writer at an early age. The five-page book she wrote at the age of seven, was followed by a published poem when she was nine. After that she managed to escape for many years to study for a science degree, but couldn't quite break free.
In 2007 Chloe was shortlisted for the Helene du Coudray undergraduate novel prize, after entering for a dare, and she accidentally forgot to stop writing again. She won a handful of awards for her short stories before her first novel, The Art of Letting Go, was published by Thistle Publishing in 2014.
Chloe lives in Devon with her husband, son and a childish sense of excitement every morning.