Behind the Curtain

Author: Daniela Tully

During a total Covid-19 lockdown in Dubai, American expat Olivia witnesses her neighbor, another Hitchcock Blonde like her, in the apartment in the skyscraper straight across from her, being stabbed by a woman in Black, a woman wearing a black abaya.

Olivia is already at the end of her rope: her fancy single Dubai life suddenly ended when she not only lost her job as a film producer, but when she also broke both legs during a drinking binge at one of the city's infamous ladies’ nights. She is now stuck up the 35th floor of one of Dubai’s glitziest skyscrapers. And as if this wasn’t bad enough, the lockdown, one of the strictest in the world, makes any attempt at an escape impossible.

She met the victim once, when she took the apartment over from Olivia, since Olivia could no longer afford it. The apartment Olivia is in now belongs to her friend Sarah, who offered Olivia her place to stay, together with Sarah’s Indian maid Dee, while Sarah's family was stuck abroad due to the pandemic.

And then, trapped in her wheelchair, a terrible thought occurs to Olivia: what if she was the intended target?

The police can’t find any indications of a crime. This sends Olivia on a rollercoaster ride between suspected insanity: is Olivia hallucinating on all her painkillers? Does this explain all her sinister dreams? Or is there someone connected to the catastrophic film shoot, in the supposedly haunted village in the desert, the project that got her fired - that has it in for her?

With the help of Dee, they retrace Olivia’s past months, bringing to light dark secrets that have now come back to haunt her, in the form of the woman in black.

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