Rose Wilks and Emma Hatcher.

New mothers together.

But Rose's baby is in intensive care, and when Emma's son is killed, Rose is the only suspect.

Probation officer Cate Austin's new case is Rose Wilks, convicted of manslaughter and due for parole after five years in prison. Cate needs to know that Rose feels remorse for her crime. But as she hears more about her story, Cate's doubt begins to grow. And, she wonders, where is the line between love and obsession? How can there ever be justice when a child dies?


Ruth Dugdall

Ruth Dugdall was born in 1971. She holds a BA honours degree in English Literature (Warwick University) and an MA in Social Work (University of East Anglia). She qualified as a probation officer in 1996 and has worked in prison with offenders guilty of serious crimes, including stalking, rape and murder. This has informed her crime writing. Since she started writing, Ruth has won awards in several writing competitions, and has had short stories published in the Winchester Writers' Conference and the Eva Wiggins Award anthologies.

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Series: Cate Austin

Year of Publication
Book Number (in series)
Review THE WOMAN BEFORE ME - Ruth Dudgall
Karen Chisholm
Friday, July 27, 2012
Blog Currently Reading - The Woman Before Me, Ruth Dugdall
Karen Chisholm
Monday, July 23, 2012

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