From Publishers Weekly
Steadily accelerating psychological suspense marks this debut about a Welsh doctor's attempt to put his life together after the death of his pregnant wife. Six months after Jo was killed in a heinous, apparently intentional hit-and-run, Cardiff physician Sam Crawford is still haunted by grief. Obsessively he plays the answering-machine tape of his wife's last message, and he can't shake nightmares about the childhood death of a young cousin. Jo's twin sister, Debbie, whose fertility problems seem exacerbated by a post-viral weakness, insists that she still feels Jo's presence. Sam meets with, and is drawn to, Chloe, his wife's former colleague, but odd occurrences keep him off balance: the scent of Jo's perfume pervades his apartment; her favorite magazines appear with pages about mothers and babies marked; on a new phone message, Jo's voice asks for help. Jones suggests possible explanations in engrossing cinematic scenes, one with a madman in a psychiatric hospital and another with a philandering partner. Although Sam might have more quickly tumbled to the real culprit, Jones's tale engages all the way to the Grand Guignol climax.
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From Kirkus Reviews
Six months after his pregnant wife, Jo, is murdered, Dr. Sam Crawford returns to Wales and a fresh round of nightmares. Jo's twin sister, Debbie, is convinced Jo is trying to contact her; Sam hears Jo's voice whispering him a welcome home; her bedroom still smells of her new perfume; and a Dictaphone tape he's saved of Jo's last message turns into another message: ``Help me.'' Sam struggles to resume his group practice and some semblance of a normal life, but somebody won't leave him alone--somebody who glues his car locks shut, leaves magazines featuring photos of mothers and babies around his flat, and hires an actor to impersonate the (nonexistent) abandoned husband of Sam's hopeful new love Chloe Jesson. Is the killer schizophrenic Dorian Phipps, whose confession to Jo's murder nobody believed? Or is it Sam's malcontented partner Ned Whelan, who keeps losing the lab results of female patients so that they have to reschedule late evening appointments? Or is Jo alive after all? A teasing, shivery first novel that wastes not a word in making your hair stand on end. Small wonder it's already been made into a BBC miniseries to be shown on the Arts and Entertainment network. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.