Perfect for fans of Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes: VERTIGO is an atmospheric psychological suspense debut centring on the boundaries of consciousness, a mysterious locked room and an ex-wife gone missing.
Clara has just moved in with her partner Markus and his daughters when she starts experiencing bouts of faints and blacking out. She regains consciousness in unexpected places without knowing how she got there, while experiencing an uncanny feeling of being followed.
Her desperation grows as she tries to find out who is potentially spying on her and what is causing her black outs. Could it have anything to do with the tragic accident that befell the family the previous year? Even though she knows Markus’ ex-wife and the children's’ mother, Sara, is gone, she can’t shake the feeling that is somehow present in their lives.
Questions haunt her at night. How is Clara supposed to befriend Markus’ teenage daughters who still mourn the loss of their mother? What lies hidden in the locked room—Sara’s room—that she’s never been allowed to enter? And, what is causing Clara’s fainting spells, growing worse by the day?
In an attempt to shut out her worries, she throws all her efforts into her degree in psychology. That is, until her thesis on the boundaries of the human psyche turns out to have more to do with her life than she could ever have imagined.
Annika Widholm’s adult fiction debut is the perfect marriage between domestic noir and psychological suspense, with a touch of the unexpected. Where will the next twist take you?