Muted Veil – Elizabeth Hamilton-Smyth

A woman plagued by paranoia escapes to achieve ultimate privacy only to find herself entangled in secrets, murder and revenge. Three stories, three secrets, three lives bound by fear…
When Frances concocts an elaborate plan to escape today’s world of surveillance, her hopes to live off the radar are soon crushed by long-buried secrets entwining her life with others forever.
Having fled to a remote village in the south-west of France, she employs Julien, a mute builder, to renovate her house. Communicating by notes written on pages torn from a jotter, they form a strange, silent bond, but when a newcomer moves into the neighbouring property, followed by men inspecting her land in the dead of each night, Frances’ concerns for her privacy spiral. While fighting to defend her covert existence, fear soon turns towards murder, and Frances finds she uncovers a series of gruesome, historic events…