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As a child Carol, known as Carrie, came home from a party to find her mother Sally, a prostitute, had been murdered. She saw a shadow, possibly that of the killer, on the wall and, whilst phoning the police, observed a man with a blood-stained hand.She was keen to help D.I. Hain in his investigation, though child psychiatrist Dr. Maitland clashed with Hain, accusing him of pushing Carrie too far. The crime went unsolved and, fifteen years later, Carol, about to get married, goes to visit Hain.
As a young teenager, Carrie Walsh returned home from a party to find her mother lying in a pool of blood, stabbed to death. She may have also encountered the killer, though all she saw was a shadow before she ran off. Earlier in the day, she suspected there was a man in the house, her mother's guest, but all she saw were his red sneakers. She is intent on helping the police solve the case and despite the objections of Dr. Laura Maitland who is tasked with her welfare, spends time with DI Douglas Hain. Dr. Maitland is concerned that young Carrie is going into murderland, a state of mind where one is obsessed with solving a crime. Carrie is upset to learn that her mother was more than just a receptionist at a local massage parlor. She is also intrigued by the fact that the police sent her mother's favorite flowers to her funeral. How did they know? She also thinks she knows the identity of the man in the red sneakers. Now 15 years later, an adult Carrie, who is now known as Carol, decides that she must look into the past and come to terms with what happened and with what she saw.
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