It was the talk of the wake. The woman in the red dress. Everyone at the service wondered. Who was that woman?

Pete's dead and Gwennie's life will never be the same. How could Pete, a young, fit man, leave her now? Their lives together were only just beginning. And pneumonia? It was insane, unthinkable, unbearable. Somehow she struggles through the funeral in a daze, and the mysterious mourner in the tight-fitting red dress barely registers in her consciousness.

It's only later, when spotting a discrepancy in Pete's tax records, that she begins to wonder.  Who was that woman?

Clare smoothed the knitted wool dress over her hips. It hugged every curve and she had many, in all the right places. The woman in red is Clare Dalton. Her brief appearance and signature in the condolence book sets in motion a trail of deception, mystery and buried secrets that connects these two strangers in ways they never thought imaginable.


Bunty Avieson

Bunty Avieson grew up in Victoria and worked for 20 years as a journalist on newspapers and magazines in Australia and Britain.

She was editor of Woman's Day and Editorial Director of New Idea. In 2000 Bunty left magazines and took up fiction writing full time.

Her first novel Apartment 255 won two Ned Kelly Crime Writing Awards (best First Novel and Reader's Vote) and has been translated into German and Japanese.  She has written two other novels, The Affair and The Wrong Door.

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