Frustrated with his marriage and his job, Peter Salter's view on the future is pessimistic almost to the extreme. But holding him back from doing something he might regret are his eight-year old twins, Laura and Matthew, on whom he dotes. In his more agreeable moments, Peter realises that if he and his wife, Angela, are going to have a future then change is necessary. On Angela's suggestion, a move from the anonymity of an estate in Daventry to a delightful thatched cottage in Ashby St Ledgers only five miles away, might be the first adjustment that could hold the otherwise idyllic family together. However, nothing prepares him or the rest of his family for the consequences of a very simple and innocent incident.
Peter works in Manchester and commutes weekly between there and Northamptonshire. One Friday evening when he is on his way home, he offers a university student, Rebecca, a lift. This chance occurrence leads him down many unimaginable but provocative paths that in the end place his and his family's futures in the balance, or so he believes. Each path is very different but there is a common thread that Peter holds onto in the hope that it will eventually prove to be their salvation. 'Subliminal' is a deep psychological thriller steeped in fantasy that introduces incredible experiences into Peter's otherwise ordinary life.