Putney Bridge – Helen Ryan

Maternal love is not always welcome – and not always benign.

Martha Simpson lives a conventional, middle class life in London, with her partner, Gabe, a gentle American academic, and her daughter, Shelley, 20.

Shelley is a sweet natured, open young woman with a passion for animals. Her sister, Jo, is the opposite: ambitious, clever and training to be a barrister.

One day, Shelley meets Sam, 19, on the street and starts an intense relationship with him. Martha watches as, under Sam’s influence, Shelley changes, abandoning the values she has grown up with and rejecting all Martha’s advice.

Increasingly desperate, when Martha fails to persuade Shelley to give Sam up, she determines on a more direct approach. Her actions reap a shocking and terrible outcome – for all of them.