A chilling novel of betrayal and sacrifice from the acclaimed author of Stone Baby -- shortlisted for Best First Crime Novel of the Year When her ... Show synopsis A chilling novel of betrayal and sacrifice from the acclaimed author of Stone Baby -- shortlisted for Best First Crime Novel of the Year When her marriage falls apart, Alma turns to the two people she can always depend on: the Ems. Only Millie and Maz know the real Alma -- get past the piercings and the attitude and she's lonely, desperate for love and nursing old wounds. But this time Al needs more than the Ems can offer and she has to run from the painful memories Bradford holds. At her parents' villa in Spain a chance encounter with members of the mysterious CDS Foundation changes Al's life forever. Condemned by the locals as a cult, the Foundation seems to offer her a spiritual haven at first: the students are bright, open and accepting, the atmosphere a million miles from the heartache and betrayal of her old life. But under the surface lurks a sinister reality. What do the Foundation leaders expect from their students? What really goes on at their Gatherings? And what price will Al have to pay for witnessing the horrific truth?