At sixteen Edie knows things. She knows that her mother is charming and beautiful, that her older sister Stella is the golden girl of the family, and that her father - clumsy, quiet Vic - is loving, gentle, sometimes detached. And she knows she loves Ricky, even if her parents don't approve.
But one Autumn evening when Vic fails to return home form work, Edie's world is turned upside down, the certainties of her childhood destroyed in one terrible moment. For twenty years Edie agonises over the truth. What really happened to her father? What became of her lost teenage love?
When she returns to the family home to sift through childhood belongings, Edie is faced with her unresolved past, and makes a passionate and dangerous attempt to return to it.
Nicci Gerrard has written six collaborative novels under the name Nicci French. 'Things We Knew Were True' is her firs novel under her own name.