Nicholas is running away, both from his marriage and an unfaithful wife, and the comfortable life he has known in Dublin. He buys a run down house in rural Cavan, right in the heart of Ireland, and embarks on a huge renovation project. While he is there, the house seems to speak to him - there are voices coming from an untraceable source, the seductive smell of baking seeps through the walls, and there is the unmistakable ethereal presence of a woman from the past. She is June Fanning, an English woman who lived in the house in 1941. As her narrative combines with Nicholas's, the story of The Adulteress is revealed - and Nicholas begins to discover exactly what went wrong with his own marriage.
Noelle Harrison was born in England and moved to Ireland in 1991. she is the author of three previous novels, Beatrice, A Small Part of Me and I Remember, all of which have been highly acclaimed and received. She has also written and produced plays, won awards for her short stories and has written extensively on visual art in Ireland. She lives and works in Oldcastle, Co Meath.