Angry old woman with house seeks companion, with some money.
Left homeless upon her mother’s death, Helen Westley’s outlook is bleak. Having left her job to care for her ailing mother, Helen will soon have no income, no house, and no purpose in life.
That is until she spots a job advert for a live-in carer of an elderly woman. Leaving her lonely life behind, Helen arrives just before Christmas. But Beatrice Tressikker is not exactly as advertised. A feisty woman with a tragic past, she is terrified of losing her mind in her old age. Suffering from a recent hip injury and a failing memory, Beatrice is sure it’s all downhill from here.
Helen is determined to help Beatrice enjoy her recovery and, with the help of the locals, starts to find her own feet too. But when a charming young American claiming to be Beatrice’s great-nephew arrives on their doorstep, everything changes…
Deathline was first published in 2003.