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Award-winning debut 

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How far would you go to protect your children?​ ​

Catherine is a good mother, good wife and an upstanding member of society but when she starts writing to Michael, a prisoner convicted for the brutal murder of a young woman, she finds herself obsessing about his crime and whether he can ever truly be forgiven...​

Kate has no time for herself. Caught in the maelstrom of bringing up two young children she longs to escape the drudgery of being a wife and a mother.

Alison has flown the nest. But university life is not what she had hoped for. Shy and retiring, she finds herself alone and unhappy. Until the day her professor takes a sudden interest in her. Then everything changes...​

Three women – all with secrets. And as the days tick down to Michael's release, those secrets can no longer be ignored.


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Published by Aria Fiction, September 2017.


"Three days after I finished this novel, my head is still spinning from the ending. I did not see that coming. I loved the unique plot and the way the author drew you in to the story. Loved this author’s fresh voice and plotting genius. Glad to read she has a three book contract. Osman is definitely an author to watch."

Heather L

"A superb thriller from Karen Osman. A brilliant, well-told thriller which had me hooked from the first page ... A superbly written 5-star read and one of the best books I have read this year."

Graham R

“A real page turner. I couldn't put it down. The characters are well developed and the plot moves along nicely with an ending with a twist. Five stars.”

Judy B

"Wow! The way this book was written was from the viewpoint of three women, Kate, Allison and Catherine. This kept me interested from the very beginning because I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to each of the three women, but there was a kind of a cliffhanger at the end of most chapters. I absolutely could not put this book down until I completed it, and once I did it kept me thinking about how I had missed all of the clues along the way. What a great psychological thriller and a not-to-be-missed read!"

Vickie W

"An unexpectedly unique psychological thriller. Based on the blurb, readers know they will be in for the ride of their life- but the reality of it is that is it so much better than that! I loved this book. It's gripping, interesting, and so unique that my mind was BLOWN. I can't wait to read more by the author based on this one."

Lindsie G

"I finished this book very late last night as I found I could not put it down. It was a real page turner and one of the best I've read for a while. Give it a go, you will enjoy it if you like a good story with a brilliant ending."

Elaine L

“From the very first chapters where we are introduced to the three main characters I was gripped! I did not want to put the book down. I DID NOT SEE THAT ENDING COMING!!!  After finishing, I just thought WOW.
The suspense throughout, oh my heart was pounding! I was on the edge of my seat, I couldn't sit still! Honestly you really have to read this book, I have told so many people about it - absolutely brilliant! Bravo Karen!.”


“This book was brilliant! Couldn't put it down, not read a book this good in ages! Good twist at the end too.”


“I couldn't rate this any less than 5 stars as it held my attention all the way through and was well written. I also can't believe that this is Karen Osman's debut novel!.”

Mrs Am

“I finished reading this novel in bed last night and, despite the fact my OH was fast asleep beside me, I gasped 'Wow' out loud. The twist in this thriller shocked and surprised me .. I didn't see it coming and, well, without giving any spoilers the only thing I can say is wow, Wow, WOW!!!I particularly loved the fact that the twist in the tale didn't come until I was 99% into the read. I wasn't looking for it, certainly wasn't expecting it and, frankly, I'm still a bit shocked! This is an extremely readable, very well written novel and one which I shall be enthusiastically recommending. I can honestly state that I've never read anything like it. Karen Osman is an author now firmly on my radar! ”


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