When three-year-old Olivia disappears, her mother, Maggie, refuses to leave the cottage, staring out at the turbulent sea and praying it didn’t claim her daughter’s life. Another mother watches proudly as her daughter starts school. Jennifer has loved Hailey for five years, but the child is suddenly moody, and there’s a niggling worry that Jennifer cannot shake off. Time is running out for Maggie and also for Jennifer and Hailey.
What happens when a baby goes missing? Twenty-two years ago, Erin and Vicky’s parents were killed in an explosion. Now grown up, Erin and Vicky - who have been separated - are unaware they are siblings. But when Vicky is called to her great-aunt’s deathbed, she learns that she isn’t alone after all. But where is Erin? Vicky’s search begins....
Un jour de fin d'été, sur une plage des Cornouailles, Olivia, trois ans, disparaît. Effondrés, ses parents Maggie et Colin attendent en vain que l'Océan leur restitue le corps de l'enfant. Quelques semaines plus tard, non loin de là, c'est la rentrée des classes pour Hailey, cinq ans. Jennifer s'en fait une fierté mais depuis quelque temps, sa petite fille est distante et craintive, si bien que Jennifer se laisse parfois déborder par la nervosité. D'autant que son mari est absent, qu'elle affronte seule une nouvelle grossesse, et que certaines bribes de son passé lui reviennent comme enveloppées de brouillard.
Caro married Jeff because her biggest wish was to be a mother, and he had the means to give their children a better life than she'd ever had. Now they can't conceive, he's terrified he'll lose her. Sharon is eight months pregnant and unsure if she wants to be a mother. Meanwhile, Jeff is desperate for a baby - but what lengths will he go to?
A disappearance. A sudden death. A betrayal of the worst kind.... Ella longs for a child, but a gruesome find during an adoption process deepens the cracks in her marriage. A family visit sets off a horrifying chain of events, and Ella can only hope she won't lose the person she loves most of all. Amanda is expecting her second child when her husband vanishes. She is tortured by thoughts of violence and loss, but nothing prepares her for the shocking conclusion to the police investigation.
When Alicia Bryson returns to her estranged father’s home in a tiny Yorkshire village, she feels burdened by his illness. Her hometown brings back memories of a miserable and violent childhood, and Alicia worries that her young daughter Jenny’s summer will be filled with a similar sense of unhappiness. The town is exactly as she remembered it - the people, the buildings, even the woods. But her arrival has not gone unnoticed. There is someone watching her every move.