Carmen learns that Tom was held and questioned, though not charged, since the damage to Zena’s body might have been caused tumbling in the surf.
Driven to learn the truth, Carmen goes through the boxes Tom has stored in her flat, discovering an old computer with a browser search history focused on death by drowning that may have been conducted before Tom was informed by the police that Zena was dead.
As she researches Zena’s death, Carmen discovers documents and photographs that don’t tally with the minimal information Tom has shared with her, and is uneasy when realizing it was raining the day Zena swam in the sea.
When Carmen discovers Tom has money secreted in an offshore account, she wonders what else he has hidden from her, and begins to fear that she has married a murderer.
Elizabeth Heathcote Undertow (Park Row Books 2017, UK 2016) is the story of Carmen, a free-lance London journalist happily married to Tom Cawton, a divorced father with three children.
Carmen wasn’t the cause of Tom’s divorce, and has a cordial relationship with his ex-wife Laura.
In between was Tom’s torrid affair with Zena, a beautiful woman who convinced him to leave his family.
But when Susan can’t find any trace of the missing final chapter in Alan’s study or on his computer, she begins to wonder if he has been killed.
Asa has contacted Dorothy, who is willing to talk to Meg.
Desperate to make a life independent of her manipulative mother, Meg agrees and travels to Bonny Island to stay with Dorothy in the now-closed hotel.
Meg is furious that her mother has deserted both her and Edgar.
The 40th Anniversary edition of is due out soon, and Asa convinces Meg to write a tell-all memoir about her mother and the novel that destroyed Dorothy Kitchens and her family.