Loretta Lawson needs to escape London. Diagnosed with glandular fever and ordered to rest, she sets off for the countryside and the apparently idyllic home of Clara Wolstonecraft – children’s author, strident peace activist, and distant acquaintance in possession of a spare room. It’s the perfect set up – as long as Loretta doesn’t mind sharing her space with the peace activists currently camped out nearby.
The scenery is beautiful, the house idyllic… but the quiet does not last long. The camp is plagued by one incident after another – a break in, an attempted arson, a dinner party interrupted by blood red paint splattering the windows.
But Loretta soon realises the attacks are the least of their worries. Clara herself is being targeted by anonymous letters, phone calls, menacing radio messages. And she hasn’t said a word to the friends and family who fill her home. Why is she being targeted, and what exactly does she have to hide? Loretta is determined to find out before the situation escalates. But it may already be too late…
Why Aren’t They Screaming? was first published in 1988.