A Cold Season (Paperback) by Littlewood Alison
Cass is building a new life for herself and her young son Ben after the death of her soldier husband Pete returning to the village where she lived as a child. But their idyllic new home is not what she expected: the other flats are all empty there's strange graffiti on the walls and the villagers are a bit odd. And when an unexpectedly heavy snowstorm maroons the village things get even harder. Ben is changing he's surly and aggressive and Cass's only confidant is the smooth charming Theodore Remick the stand-in headmaster. Not everyone approves of Cass's growing closeness to Mr Remick and it soon becomes obvious he's not all he appears to be either. If she is to protect her beloved son Cass is going to have to fight back. Cass realises this is not the first time her family have been targeted by Theodore Remick. But this time the stakes are immeasurably higher...