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First Published on Oct 18 2015
The Lancashire village of Brierley swelters beneath a suffocating blanket of intense July heat.
Lucy Hill is almost eighteen and restless. She dreams of escaping the oppressive stupor of the village she grew up in. Lucy's frustration with her life intensifies along with the interminable heatwave, until she is drafted in by the vicar's wife to help bring some order to the vicarage following the family's move to Brierley.
As the heat of the summer burns ever more fiercely, her presence at the vicarage sparks an obsession which has fatal consequences. No-one ever imagined that a girl like Lucy could be the subject of such an obsession.
No-one imagined that a girl like Lucy would cross the Rubicon.
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