"A Stranger to Herself" is a novel by Hilary Bailey, a story of two women and two eras.
The plot revolves around the dramatic and complex story of two women and two period. However, the past shows itself to be linked to the present as readers watch contrasting private and public lives played out against turbulent lives of social changes.
The year is 1991 in London. Kate Higgins, a freelance journalist, is researching the life of Violet Levine for a biography. She hardly knows anything about her except that she was a national figure and a legend, a formet MP, author, public speaker, heroine of the trenches of World War I. She was also a secret agent in the Second World War. But the truth about Violet is much tougher and more complicated than Kate thought.
There is another challenge that Kate will have to encounter. The surviving members of the Levine family try to block her from any queries so Kate struggles to untangle web of deceits and half-truths surrounding the life of violet.
Help comes from an anonymous call but even this seems no respite as the only advice she got from the caller enlightens her, at the same time frightens her, as the pressure for her to abandon the project escalates. As she proceeds down the increasingly complicated and difficult situation towards the truth, more problems prop up.
The novel has full of suspense and excitement.