’He doesnt want you alive, he doesnt want you dead, he wants you somewhere in between.’ Alison Willetts lies in a hospital bed, aware of everything going on around her but completely unable to communicate or control anything except her eyes. The latest victim of a ruthless killer, she has survived a deliberately inflicted brainstem infarct, which has left her suffering from the so called locked-in syndrome. The killer is good looking and sophisticated, irresistible to the women he targets. Having plied them with drug-spiked champagne, he begins to massage their necks, focusing on one artery.
Detective Inspector Tom Thorne believes that Alison is the killers first mistake; his first three victims have ended up dead. But Thorne soon discovers the frightening truth: this mans aim is to put these women at the mercy of the machines that now maintain Alisons life, to give them ‘perfect freedom’ from the constraints