Veronica’s mother, Sarah Ford is a housewife in Kent where she lives with her family. Tony remembers her as a carefree, easily laughing woman, who warns him not to let her daughter take advantage of him. She turns out to be far more enigmatic than that: Sarah Ford ends up sleeping with her daughter’s new boyfriend, Adrian, and has a child by him. Her motives and mental state remain hidden throughout the novel, as well as the real reasons she left Adrian’s diary and five hundred pounds to Tony. Perhaps, it’s implied, she felt trapped by her situation; perhaps she wanted Tony to know the truth and to feel responsibility; it’s possible that she is also the greatest manipulator and deceiver in the novel.