'If a black dog appears along the old corpse way, the route a funeral procession takes to the churchyard, it is thought to be escorting the dead soul to the afterlife. A black dog sighting without a funeral procession, however, is supposed to foreshadow death.'
Julia loves her job. An obstetrician, she helps women to bring their children into the world safely and with as little intervention as possible. Although her job is gruelling - long, irregular hours leave her little time for herself or her daughter - keeping busy keeps her thoughts from dwelling on painful memories. In one painful year she lost her unborn son, lived through a very public court case involving her husband, and saw the demise of her marriage. The intervening years have dulled the pain and now Julia thinks she may be starting to move on.
Blurb from the Book
Dr Tom Hackett had the perfect life - young, successful and now with a dream job working for a year in New Orleans. All that changes when his wife is murdered there, her body mutilated, the victim of a seemingly random attack.