Maxine Alterio is a novelist, short story writer and academic mentor. She has a MA from Otago University and a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, where she studied the memoirs of First World War nurses.
Under the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, love, lies and disenchantment lead to a menacing showdown in this suspense-filled novel.
A foreigner is seriously injured not far from Julia's safe Queenstown hideaway.
Why does he have her name in his wallet?
His unexpected arrival takes Julia back forty-five years to London, where as an impulsive young woman she first met Benito Moretti - a meeting that was to change her life, taking her to the glittering Gulf of Naples. There Julia found herself pitted against her belligerent mother-in-law and Benito's sinister brother in a lethal battle for her husband and children.
Julia remembered her father saying, We're all as sick as our secrets. Words that still haunt her.