Patricia Carlon (1927-2002) was born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, but during her life was mostly unknown / under-appreciated by publishers in Australia. Fortunately she lived just long enough to see local interest revive in her work, but not long enough to see the justified increased interest.
A small girl has been locked inside the kitchen of an apartment in which her baby-sitter has been murdered.
It is Christmas week; her mother is dead, her father away on business.
No one will miss her until he returns. Can she free herself before the murderer realizes his mistake and comes back to kill her?