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From the day of their marriage Marisa had known it was not real. She had walked into a glittering nightmare and was trapped in it. 'Say something,' Gabriel ordered, flinging the silver jewellery box down on to the bed. The neat rows of jewellery were flung into disorder. Marisa slowly reached out and closed the lid on them. ' Gabriel demanded after a moment. ' The word came out roughly, he bent towards her, with suppressed rage in the movement of his long body. ' Marisa looked up, her lashes flickering back from her blue eyes.

Every time her thoughts approached that point she sheered away, her body jerking in pain. She wouldn’t think like that. The police would find Jamie and he would be safe and well. Who had taken him? Who would do such a wicked thing? The policewoman had said it might be some desperate, lonely woman in need of a child to love, and Marisa prayed that that was what had happened. So long as Jamie was being looked after and loved somewhere, he was safe. And the police would find him sooner or later. The alter¬native was too bitter to consider.

Marisa struggled to pull herself back from the darkness that was threatening to engulf her. She had to think, to work out what to do. She couldn't just let go, tempting though the thought was, because she had to work things out. She forced herself upright, her slender body shivering, the fine bones of her pale face visible beneath the taut skin. 'I'm all right,' she whispered. The door behind them was suddenly flung open and the policewoman glanced round. An angry voice was raised. ' A man filled the doorway, his black head almost touching the top of the frame.

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