A woman moves to the country to flee a troubled past, but finds familiar fears lurking inside her new home
A successful artist with a doting husband, Isabel Dryland knows she should be grateful for her happy life. It’s a complete reversal from the one she led before, when normalcy seemed out of reach, after a violent assault she cannot remember left her shattered and scarred. Even though the memory was lost, the nagging feeling that she was damaged goods and the lingering effects of her injuries kept her questioning her sanity at times.
Tom, her husband, thinks a move will be the fresh start they need, and has even found the perfect house: a country estate that reminds him of one he admired in his youth. But all Isabel feels when she visits is an overwhelming sense of dread. Betrayed by her instincts so often before, she decides to trust Tom’s, to accept the move and learn to love their new home over time.
Instead, she learns that beneath the pretty façade of their new home lurk dark secrets powerful enough to bring her own trauma back to the fore. There is an uncanny familiarity about the place, as if it were infected by the experiences she hoped to escape. And the recurring presence of a mysterious stranger further disturbs her, giving her the sensation of being a predator’s stalked prey.
Isabel struggles to determine whether her fear is caused by memory alone, or by threats existing very much in the present. To find out, she’ll have to finally close the book on what occurred so many years ago—but how do you heal from a past you cannot recall, when only the truth about your past can set you free?
Praise For Only Truth…
— Christine Tran - Booklist
A deep plunge into a haunted psyche slowly stretched to the breaking point. More, please.
Cameron slowly revs up the suspense to an exciting crescendo in this intriguing game of cat and mouse.
— Publishers Weekly
Cameron handles the narrative like a pro. Isabel is such a substantial character, with her painful history and complex interior life, that she dominates the story [...] Like her main character, Cameron has a Gothic sensibility that complements her uncanny sense of place. Her descriptions of the Lodge, the coach house and the extensive grounds of the estate have a 19th-century vibe, suggesting skeletons in the closet and ghosts in the wings. For all her mastery of the spooky trappings of suspense, Cameron also respects another, more fundamental element of the form — plotting.
— Marilyn Stasio - The New York Times
Scarlet, 9781613161838, 312pp.
Publication Date: October 13, 2020
About the Author
Julie Cameron was born and grew up in England. She studied Clinical Sciences at university and, after a short spell in industry, has worked as both a clinician and a manager in the National Health Service.
An inveterate book-lover, particularly thrillers, she finally decided to try her own hand at writing – which resulted in the completion of Only Truth. Julie has one daughter and lives in a small village in the Berkshire countryside, where she shares her home with her husband and two happy cats.
She is now working on her next novel, balancing her time between family, her writing and a full time career. In the little leisure time she has left she enjoys nothing better than an evening with friends in the village pub, or relaxing on a Greek beach with a good book.