She watches you constantly.
Newly divorced Jo is delighted to move into her best friend’s spare room almost rent-free. The high-tech luxury Camden flat is managed by a meticulous Home Assistant, called Electra, that takes care of the heating, the lights – and sometimes Jo even turns to her for company.
She knows all your secrets.
Until, late one night, Electra says one sentence that rips Jo’s fragile world in two: ‘I know what you did.’ And Jo is horrified. Because in her past she did do something terrible. Something unforgivable.
Now she wants to destroy you.
Only two other people in the whole world know Jo’s secret. And they would never tell anyone. Would they? As a fierce winter brings London to a standstill, Jo begins to understand that the Assistant on the shelf doesn’t just want to control Jo; it wants to destroy her.
FIRST PUBLISHED: 29/11/2019
‘Brilliant! Horribly plausible’
"I know everything about you. You killed him then you ran away.'
'I can't connect to the public wi-fi.'
Locations mentioned in The Assistant
The Inner Circle
Where Jo is hunted in the ice and snow
Jo and her ex, having lunch
The canal by the market, where Jo gets a menacing text
The Flask pub, and Arlo's posh house
Jo's hometown. Her suburb. Her mum
York and Albany
Jo is confronted about her vile emails
Jo imagines the wolves, howling in their cages
23 Fitzroy Road
Where Sylvia Plath took her own life
Jo walks up here
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