On the day that Rachel Jenner's eight year-old son Ben goes missing in the woods, she admits that she was not thinking about him running ahead with his dog - her preoccupation was with her former husband and his new wife Katrina. The police are sympathetic, and do all they can to bring Ben home alive. But what Rachel had not reckoned on was the court of public opinion, vilifying her as a bad mother, some even hinting that she may have taken Ben herself. In the psychological thriller of the year, we see how a single, momentary mistake can cause nationwide fury. It's a story that begs a simple question: should a preoccupied mother be in any way to blame for the disappearance of their child?
Gilly Macmillan grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and also lived in Northern California in her late teens. She studied History of Art at Bristol University and then at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she's worked as a part-time lecturer in A Level Photography and a full-time mum. Gilly lives in Bristol with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.
Burnt Paper Sky
Author: Gilly Macmillan