Author(s): Clare Jay
'Your child is missing - presumed dead.'
Hours after receiving the phone call that every mother dreads, Alida Salter flies to India to search for her backpacker daughter. The discovery of disturbing collages in Mia's hotel makes Alida suspect a connection between the disaster that fractured their relationship thirteen years ago, and Mia's recent, mysterious disappearance.
Mia is no ordinary girl.
Growing up with the sensory condition synaesthesia - where she sees the world in a kaleidoscope of shapes, colours and smells - she has gone through life with the vivid imagination of an artist, but for years she has shouldered an overwhelming burden of guilt. It has been a difficult relationship, but now comes the toughest test of all...
Alida must find the courage to trust her maternal instincts, or lose her daughter forever.
Clare is a British author who currently lives in Portugal, where she teaches creative writing and has won numerous short story competitions. Breathing in Colour is her first novel and she is now busily writing her second.