When Detective Superintendent Richard Paige is killed while pursuing a suspect, his pregnant wife, Bernie, is determined to find out more about his background for the sake of their unborn child. His mother, Eleanor, is strangely reluctant to speak about Richard’s early life and Bernie becomes suspicious that there may be some dark secret in his childhood.
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When newly-qualified nurse, Susan Parry, is found dead in her bed in the nurses’ home, her colleagues call the police to investigate and Detective Constable Peter Johns finds himself involved in a murder enquiry for the first time in his career. It is not just his career, however, which is dramatically affected by the events that follow.As he gets…
With the help of two of Richard’s police colleagues, she starts to piece together the story of his life. A childhood sweetheart and her father reveal valuable information; but it is not until after Eleanor’s own death that Bernie discovers the truth.
Alongside her quest to learn more of her husband’s past and how a dramatic event in his childhood influenced his whole life, Bernie goes through her own emotional journey, eventually finding contentment in a new relationship with an old friend.