When investigative journalist Isabel Morgan vanishes, her colleagues and lovers see this as just another gambit in her ever-dramatic life. But her closest friend, Leo Holland, is filled with a sense of dread: something terrible has happened to Isabel. She is more certain of this than of much else in a life that is teetering close to the edge. In desperation, she flies from New York to trace the woman she realizes has become her sustaining force. But how well does anyone know their best friend?
Convinced that Isabel's analyst holds the key to her disappearance, Leo masquerades as a potential patient. In the process, however, she discovers more than she set out to know. Danger, it seems, in Isabel's secret world, comes in many guises.
Lisa Appignanesi was the deputy director of London's Institute of Contemporary Arts before she became a full-time writer. Her non-fiction includes Freud's Women (with John Forrester) and a number of books about contemporary culture, including Losing the Dead. Her novels are Memory and Desire, Dreams of Innocence, A Good Woman, The Things We Do for Love, The Dead of Winter and Sanctuary. She lives in North London.