When Frances concocts an elaborate plan to escape today's world of surveillance, her hopes are soon crushed by long-buried secrets, entwining her life with others forever. Having fled to a remote village in the south-west of France, she employs Julien, a mute builder, to renovate her house. Communicating by notes written on pages torn from a jotter, they form a strange, silent bond, but when a newcomer moves into the neighbouring property, followed by furtive men inspecting her land in the dead of each night, Frances' concerns for her privacy spiral. While fighting to defend her covert existence, fear soon turns towards murder, and Frances finds she uncovers a series of gruesome, historic events...
BIOGRAPHY Elizabeth Hamilton-Smyth ran her own manufacturing company for over twenty-five years before taking a change in direction. Her translation of a fellow author's novel from French into English, inspired her to write one of her own. MUTED VEIL is her debut novel, born from an analysis of the intricate details of the human mind and its response to external provocation.
Elizabeth lives in an old house in Devon with her six feline friends and is currently working on her next novel.
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