Annabelle seems to have it all. The perfect house, a successful husband, a darling son. But Annabelle is deeply troubled. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, failing at motherhood and unable to break free of her traumatic childhood and past, she turns to her old familiar demons of drinking and self-harm.
Set in leafy Hampstead and St John’s Wood, Annabelle struggles with her working-class roots but is also at loggerheads with her wealth, husband’s circle of friends and the mums at her son’s private school; she just doesn’t belong.
When she meets the alluring and charismatic hypnotherapist, Cassandra Rose, she is offered a way out. The lure of the trance is strong, and Annabelle is nothing if not susceptible. It’s all she can think about to the detriment of everything else in her life. Through hypnosis, Cassandra begins to unearth Annabelle’s painful repressed childhood memories. And if Annabelle can just remember what haunts her, she believes she can finally be set free.
But when Cassandra persuades Annabelle to attend an unconventional residential therapy course, things start to go terribly wrong.
Because Cassandra Rose is not the saviour. She isn’t healing Annabelle. She’s destroying her.
So when Cassandra’s own dark secrets finally come into the light, will there be enough of Annabelle left to resist her compulsion and save herself?
Or will the call of Cassandra Rose be the last thing Annabelle ever hears?
Publisher: Lume Books
Publication Date: October 1, 2022
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Sophia, a Londoner of proud Italian and Greek heritage studied Film and TV at university. In her twenties she worked in TV and post-production before turning her attention to her true passion: writing. In 2019, she graduated from Faber Academy’s Writing A Novel course and has completed her debut novel, The Call of Cassandra Rose. Sophia lives in North London with her husband, two children, two cats and dog named Ripley.