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Frankie Barnes had a tormented life until she found the perfect career to suit her obsession with hygiene. As a cleaner, she can scrub away to her heart's content at her clients' homes, be paid and even valued for her pains. But Frankie suffers from other compulsions too and the greatest of them all is the compulsion to have. Many children covet or even steal other kids' toys, but even as a child, Frankie's yearnings went much deeper. Roz Bailey's house is exactly the kind of house Frankie's always wanted. The kind of house she deserves. The house she has to have, no matter what. Jude Brown is a builder by day, artist by night. He and speech therapist Alex Levin have both survived tragedies. Thrown together by a workmate's accident, they're both working hard at reshaping their lives - and sometimes, hardworking people need a little help around the house. Alex has never known anyone who loves cleaning as much as Frankie Barnes. And Alex's home is the prettiest cottage Frankie's ever laid eyes on.
Hillary Norman is the author of 17 internationally selling novels translated into seventeen languages.
'Heart-stopping suspense.' Mary Higgins Clark 'An accomplished novelist.' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW 'A goose-pimply, page-turning read right to the end.' COMPANY 'A nerve-shredding tale of murder, revenge and calculated cruelty and a plot which twists and turns to the end.' JEWISH CHRONICLE 'Dark and completely engrossing... compulsive stuff.' THE BOOKSELLER