Emily Dunlay

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HarperCollins Publishers
4 July 2024
ISBN: 9780008669713
320 pages

From the publisher

The most glamorous debut novel of 2024; ‘Your summer read is sorted’ Sunday Times Style

‘Darkly glamorous. Your summer read is sorted’Sunday Times Style

‘Glamorous, exuberant and propulsive’ Daisy Buchanan, author of Insatiable

‘A buzzy debut with Mad Men meets White Lotus vibes that you won’t want to put down'Red Magazine

Teddy has earned a fresh start. But some secrets just won't stay hidden…

'A riveting tale of deception and redemption'⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Will absolutely be the hottest book of the summer'⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'1960s glamour packed with suspense'⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It is the summer of 1969 and Rome is awash with glamour and intrigue. Teddy Huntley Carlyle is fresh off a plane from Texas with a new husband in tow and a new life on the horizon. After some wayward years of bad men and bad decisions, she’s promised herself a fresh start. In Rome, Teddy will be good. She will wear the right clothes and the perfect lipstick and she will charm her husband’s colleagues at the Embassy.

And Teddy is good, until the Fourth of July, when her new life explodes with the fireworks above her head. She is caught on camera in the arms of the American ambassador just moments after spotting a man from the darkest corner of her past across the room. There it is: the evidence of her depravity on film. Trying to recover the photographs and keep her reputation intact, Teddy descends into the dark underbelly of the city… but is she in over her head?

'Claustrophobic and glamorous'⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Gripping and thrilling'⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐