How do you begin to move on, if the past won't let you go?
When Grace's husband, Adam, inherits a cottage on the Yorkshire moors, they leave London behind to try a new life. A week later, Adam disappears. The following year, Grace returns with her baby daughter, Millie. She is desperate for answers, but resigned to preparing the cottage for sale.
With no-one prepared to divulge their secrets, Grace finds herself unwilling to trust anyone. Then, just as snowfall threatens to cut her off from the rest of the world, she makes a terrible discovery. In the aftermath, she realises that she has been looking in the wrong place for answers all along. In the wild winter weather she sets out to reclaim her daughter from the one person seemingly intent on taking Millie away, praying that she will reach them in time.
Sara Fosterlives in Western Australia with her husband and young daughter. She divides her time between writing, book editing and being a mum. Her passions include the natural world, photography and travel.
Beneath The Shadows
Random House Australia
Author: Sara Foster
Question: What originally inspired you to write Beneath the Shadows?
Sara Foster: It was at a time in my life when I was rethinking my direction. I had realised that even though I enjoyed working in publishing, my passion was writing, and I wasn't sure how I was going to follow it. The character of Grace came to me first, and I quickly saw that she was both vulnerable and determined. So I decided to throw her into a really intense situation - a missing husband, a young child, and a spooky cottage in the middle of a claustrophobic village - and then examine how she dealt with it.
Question: Is the character of Grace based on anyone you know?
Sara Foster: Not as such. While I'm sure she had a basis in my experiences and feelings she quickly took on an identity of her own. I probably do draw on things in my own life and those of the people around me, as well as events and people I read about, but after that I enjoy using my imagination to develop my characters.
Question: How do you ensure there is just enough suspense in your novels?