The Dark Room
Shortlisted CWA Gold Dagger Award 1995, UK
"Something else had happened...Something so terrible that she was
too frightened to search her memory for it..."
The newspapers reported the case with relish. Jane (Jinx) Kingsley, fashion
photographer and heiress, tries to kill herself after being unceremoniously
jilted by her fiance, Leo Wallader. Leo has since disappeared - together
with Jinx's best friend Meg Harris. But when she wakes from her coma,
Jinx can remember nothing about her alleged suicide attempt. Then the
memories begin to surface - memories of utter desperation and absolute
Jinx is told that shortly before her suicide bid Leo called off their
wedding in order to marry Meg. Nevertheless Jinx is also convinced that
she would never try to kill herself over Leo...Surely it was she who wanted
to break the engagement. With the help of Dr Alan Protheroe of the Nightingale
Clinic, Jinx slowly begins to unlock her nightmares and piece together
the fragments of the last few weeks. The truth about what happened to
her lies deep within her mind. But what other terrifying memories is she
about to disturb?
"Had she felt as lonely as this a week ago? Could she have done it?
God help her if she had..."
characters who are there to be loved, loathed and finally understood.
Namby-pamby attitudes towards them will not do. The pace of
the book is dictated by the speed with which the heroine pieces
together what she might or might not have done; the reader becomes
her conspirator and despite the clues, the denouement is a shattering