This Picture of You
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Martin and Maggie, a judge and an artist, have forged a life together for 37 years. They have a son who is a successful lawyer and a grandson to dote on. Life is good, comfortable, familiar. But one day Martin leaves a family lunch and drives to a suburb miles away, to a particular house in a particular street, where an accident triggers a chain of events. No one knows why he was there—not even Martin himself—and as his mind starts unravelling, it is left to Maggie to discover what in Martin's past is troubling him, and where it is going to take them. While Maggie pieces together the events leading up to the accident, Martin takes refuge in a single memory, a night in New York almost 40 years ago—the night he and Maggie met. As Martin's mind spirals inward, the fabric that has been holding his lifetime of secrets at bay begins to fray. In his efforts to protect his family from the mistakes in his past, has Martin damned his son to the fate of repeating them?
Sarah Hopkins is the author of two previous novels, The Crimes of Billy Fish, which was highly commended in the inaugural ABC Fiction Awards and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and Speak to Me. Sarah is a criminal lawyer.
"A family drama with the page-turning power of a suspense thriller, This Picture of You is a book I read in one sitting. I had other things to do, but I couldn't get away." —Malcolm Knox, author, The Life