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Alison is a shamed divorcee, disfellowshipped from her Christadelphian church in England. She moves to Riga, Latvia soon after the breakup of the USSR in the early 1990s. Here she meets a Red Army officer, Dmitry, who has come to the same doctrinal beliefs as she holds. Dmitry introduces her to the underworld of the Russian community in Riga. Both she and Dmitry find their lives in danger, and despite falling in love, they strongly suspect the other is behind the attempts on their lives. Dmitry stalls in his commitment to get baptized because of all the unanswered questions, which eventually move toward a thrilling resolution- whilst leaving open the question of forgiveness which has come to be central to the story. "The seventh woman" is an insight into post Soviet life for the Russian community. It explores religiously-induced guilt, whether relationship with God can exist outside a church or denominational boundaries, and whether the long term effects of spiritual abuse can ever be compensated.