I always wanted this to be more than a straightforward ‘home invasion’ story. What interested me more was the interaction, the mind games between invader and invaded. Given the position of holding the victim’s son, bestowed the ultimate leverage, just how far could you humiliate somebody? What kind of admissions could you extract? And what might your real motives be?
Lillian Richards home is invaded early one morning. She is told that her son is a hostage, and that the only thing that can cause him harm is her non-compliance. The invader is a young man who seems to know a lot about her, and who subjects her to an intimate and humiliating interrogation about her sex life and attitudes. He is ruthless and aggressive as he twists and turns her answers in ways that she could never imagine. Twists them, perhaps into the truth?
So begins her descent into a hell of sexual degradation and revelation. Although submitting to him fully, in ‘buying’ her son’s freedom with money and sex, when the ordeal is over she finally realises she is not – or is no longer – the person she thought she was.
A disturbing mind-game of motherhood, manipulation and humiliation….and the use and abuse of power for sexual ends…..