Donna is crippled by a dreadful muscular condition which may, or may not be pschosomatic. Her boyfriend, Will, adores and cares for her but is not above noticing other women. Donna's sister, Gayle, who has a three year old daughter from a brief and unpleasant sexual relationship, has never got on with Will. All three of them find an apparently mugged, elderly man in the park - Frank Chapman. He is the repulsive character, a violent and vile person and a religious fanatic. Gayle, a nurse, builds up a relationship with him while he's in hospital and he convinces her to let him try to 'heal' Donna. The trouble is, once Donna is healed, the previously stable relationship between the three main characters starts to go strangely wrong.
I think Julie Myerson is a fantastic writer and there is much to admire in this book. Her descriptive writing is superb and the character of Gayle's daughter, Kitty, is so alive that I believed she was real. But what stopped me liking this book is the horrible, horrible Frank. I just could not believe that Gayle and Will would go on visiting him for so long (even though it turns out to be a reason for them to see one another) and I certainly don't believe they would invite him to their holiday home. I was living in fear of Kitty coming to some harm at his hands and can't believe that Gayle wasn't. And the end which could have been beautifully redemptive, wasn't.
It's a good book, but not one I'd want to read twice.