This is Sara’s debut novel, a gothic romance, which has received great acclaim. Set in 1826 London, crowds gather at the gates of the Old Bailey to watch as Frannie Langton, maid to Mr and Mrs. Benham, goes on trial for their murder. The testimonies against her are damning – slave, whore, seductress. For the first time Frannie must tell her story beginning on a plantation in Jamaica and ending in a grand house in London. One burning question: could she have murdered the only person she ever loved? Sara Collins is of Jamaican descent and grew up in Grand Cayman and studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years before doing a Master of Studies in Creative Writing at Cambridge University.