Someone Else s Son A page turning psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist

Author: Samantha Hayes
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780755379804
Release Date: 2011-01-20
Genre: Fiction

What would you do if your teenage son was stabbed to death in the school playground? That's a question chat-show host Carrie Kent can well imagine posing to any one of her studio guests. Her daily morning TV show deals with real life in all it's grubby glory - from underage sex to benefit swindlers, cheating partners to DNA testing. It's a million miles away from her perfect, polished existence... But when she gets a call to say that her beloved son Max has been murdered, Carrie and her ex-husband Brody will have to enter a world of poverty, fear and violence if they want to find out what really happened. And when the shocking truth is finally revealed, will they be able to live with it...? A tense and powerful emotional thriller that asks: Do we ever really know our children?

Who I Am

Author: Sarah Simpson
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
ISBN: 9781788544832
Release Date: 2018-11-06
Genre: Fiction

I know everything about you. And you know everything about me... except WHO I AM. Andi met Camilla at university. Instantly best friends, they shared everything together. Until their long-planned graduation celebration ends in tragedy... Years later, Andi is living a seemingly perfect life on the rugged Cornish Coast with her loving husband, happy children and dream home. Yet Andi is haunted by a secret she thought only she knew. Someone out there is bringing Andi's deepest fears to life. And she knows there's no escaping the past that has come back to haunt her... You trusted me with your secrets, you told me everything, you thought I was your best friend... but you have no idea WHO I AM. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, Lucy Clarke and Theresa Driscoll. Praise for Sarah Simpson: 'Dark and twisty; devious and taut ... Will keep you from sleep and in suspense!' Diane Jeffrey, author of Those Who Lie. 'I found myself fully hooked right from the start' Jade Gillan. 'A great debut novel ... Will definitely read another by this author!' Johnna Whetstone. 'A book to take your breath away. The layers are unpeeled slowly and deliberately and it is deep, dark and tantalising!' Grace J Reviewerlady. 'I love mystery books and this one kept me guessing ... Highly recommended!' Erika Estrela. 'Get ready, it's unlike anything you've read before. WOW!' Sherri Thacker. 'A really great book with some tough scenes to read. Highly recommend' Mandy White. 'A tense and exciting psychological thriller ... The plot was unbelievably chilling and culminated in a nerve-racking conclusion' Joan Clapham. 'Congratulations on a well-crafted, emotionally challenging debut novel' Jeannette McAnderson. 'Wonderful debut psychological thriller' Annie McDonnell. 'Probably the best book I read this year which is even more amazing for a debut novel' Breakaway Reviewers. 'Wow! This book certainly packed some punch!' Heidi F, NetGalley.

The Darkest Lies

Author: Barbara Copperthwaite
Publisher: Bookouture
ISBN: 9781786811806
Release Date: 2017-05-12
Genre: Fiction


Invisible

Author: Barbara Copperthwaite
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1499303874
Release Date: 2014-06-04
Genre: Fiction

THERE'S ONE VICTIM OF CRIME NO ONE NOTICES. Something is wrong. With her marriage, with her husband, with her. But as she pours her heart out to her diary, it's clear she doesn't know what. Until one explosive night she finds the possible answer. Suddenly hated and vilified by everyone, she clings to her relationship - even while wondering if she really knows her husband at all... INVISIBLE is a stunningly powerful, gripping and original psychological crime thriller of subtle insight that takes you on a twisted journey through one woman's marriage.

Mother

Author: S.E. Lynes
Publisher: Bookouture
ISBN: 9781786812209
Release Date: 2017-11-22
Genre: Fiction


Her Last Secret

Author: Barbara Copperthwaite
Publisher: Bookouture
ISBN: 9781786812599
Release Date: 2017-10-13
Genre: Fiction

‘WOW – I am absolutely blown away… this book really, really got under my skin. I feel slightly dizzy now and need a lie-down with a soft pillow and lots of chocolate.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘OMFG this is Barbara Copperthwaite’s best book yet!! … just blew everything else out of the water. Seriously. This book had me on edge…my poor nerves were shattered. Buy it, read it, love it!’ Goodreads reviewer ‘Gripped from page one until the very end…A great rollercoaster of a story!! Wow, wow, wow!! Five stars!!’ Stardust Book Reviews Some secrets you can never tell. Everyone thinks the Thomases are the perfect family: grand London house, gorgeous kids. They don’t know wife Dominique is a paranoid wreck. They don’t know husband Ben is trapped in a web of deceit. They don’t know daughter Ruby lives in fear of the next abusive text. But someone knows all their secrets. Can the lies that bind them tear them apart? A gripping psychological thriller that will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will be hooked. See what readers are saying about Her Last Secret: ‘OMG… I was well and truly hooked… had me guessing right until the very end!… I am blown away. I cannot recommend this enough… without a doubt a must read’ Chelle’s Book Reviews ‘OH MY WORD! This is a fantastic read!...intense and terrifying…an absolutely gripping read. I was totally immersed…Outstanding, I highly recommend!’ Chat About Books ‘Thrilling and captivating! A tangled web of lies and secrets is masterfully woven in this psychological thriller…I was hooked right from page one… a big fat 5 stars from me, I totally recommend this book.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk ‘An enthralling read that draws you in the further you get into it whilst getting darker and darker. Totally jaw dropping stuff. Loved it’ By The Letter Book Reviews ‘Her Last Secret is a dark, unsettling and addictive read that will reel you in and keep you hooked from the very first page.’ Brew and Books Review ‘Shocking, breath taking, gripping and heart-breaking, at one point I was almost in tears. I absolutely loved this well-written, emotional roller coaster, the twists in the story keep you hooked, trying to work out what happened that night. Highly recommended.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime ‘I loved everything about this book from beginning to end… It's with books like this that I wish I could read faster than I do. A simply terrific read.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘This book absolutely consumed me from start to finish and even when I wasn't reading it i was thinking about it. It is totally gripping and there were so many twists my head was spinning – an absolutely fantastic read!’ Goodreads reviewer ‘What a book! I genuinely think this is one of the best books I've ever read, I sat and read it in one go. I couldn't guess how it was going to end and didn't anticipate the epilogue. A gripping page turner that had me in tears towards the end.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘I'm still open mouthed at the finale. It was so cleverly crafted…this book is compelling, unputdownable…if you are a fan of books that surprise you, then this is the book for you.’ Rachel’s Random Reads ‘This book had me gripped from the very first few pages…This really was a page turner - you are desperate to read more.’ Bookworms and Shutterbugs ‘Absolutely superb, she's only gone and done it again - did NOT want to put this book down!!’ Donna’s Book Blog

The Perfect Friend

Author: Barbara Copperthwaite
Publisher: Bookouture
ISBN: 9781786815484
Release Date: 2018-07-05
Genre: Fiction


Tell Tale A heartstopping psychological thriller with a jaw dropping twist

Author: Samantha Hayes
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781472203359
Release Date: 2013-02-14
Genre: Fiction

A woman stands on a bridge, the water rushing below. In a few seconds she will jump, plunging more than two hundred feet to her death. Who is she? And why is she desperate to take her own life? Nina Kennedy, a wife and mother, is afraid. A man is following her, threatening her family, toying with her sanity. What does he want? And how long will it be before he strikes? Eight-year-old Ava sits waiting for her daddy. But, like the others in the children's home, she knows her father will never come. The home is a place of whispers and shadows. But no one dare tell the truth. Until now...

The Bird Tribunal

Author: Agnes Ravatn
Publisher: Orenda Books
ISBN: 9781910633366
Release Date: 2016-07-30
Genre: Fiction

Two people in exile. Two secrets. As the past tightens its grip, there may be no escape... TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and her job to take voluntary exile in a remote house on an isolated fjord. But her new job as housekeeper and gardener is not all that it seems, and her silent, surly employer, 44-year-old Sigurd Bagge, is not the old man she expected. As they await the return of his wife from her travels, their silent, uneasy encounters develop into a chilling, obsessive relationship, and it becomes clear that atonement for past sins may not be enough... Haunting, consuming and powerful, The Bird Tribunal is a taut, exquisitely written psychological thriller that builds to a shocking, dramatic crescendo that will leave you breathless. 'The Bird Tribunal is a chilly psychological thriller / domestic noir that unfolds in an austere style that perfectly captures the bleakly beautiful landscape of Norway’s far north' Irish Times ‘An unrelenting atmosphere of doom fails to prepare readers for the surprising resolution that engulfs this flawed pair.’ Publishers Weekly ‘Ravatn creates a creeping sense of unease, elegantly bringing the peace and menace of the setting to vivid life. The isolated house on the fjord is a character-like shadow in this tale of obsessions. This is domestic suspense with a twist – creepy and wonderful’ Good Reading Magazine ‘The Bird Tribunal offers an incredible richness of themes ... The atonement for the past sins and the titular bird tribunal carry powerful messages, as well as questions of morality and humanity...' Crime Review 'The Bird Tribunal is suffused with dark imagery from the ancient Eddas, creating a foreboding atmosphere that gets under the skin and stays there. Like a lunar eclipse, each revelation is another form of darkness.’ Crime Fiction Lover ‘Chilling, atmospheric and hauntingly beautiful ... I was transfixed’ Amanda Jennings ‘Intriguing ... enrapturing’ Sarah Hillary ‘A masterclass in suspense and delayed terror, reading it felt like I was driving at top speed towards a cliff edge - and not once did I want to take my foot off the pedal’ Rod Reynolds ‘A beautifully written story set in a captivating landscape ... it keeps you turning the pages’ Sarah Ward

Bird Tribunal

Author: Agnes Ravatn
Publisher: Orenda Books
ISBN: 9781495627774
Release Date: 2016-09-01
Genre: Fiction

TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and her job to take voluntary exile in remote house on an isolated fjord. But her new job as housekeeper and gardener is not all that it seems, and her silent, surly employer, 44-year-old Sigurd Bagge, is not the old man she expected. As they await the return of his wife from her travels, their silent, uneasy encounters develop into a chilling, obsessive relationship, and it becomes clear that atonement for past sins may not be enough. Haunting, consuming and powerful, The Bird Tribunal is a taut, exquisitely written psychological thriller that builds to a shocking, dramatic crescendo that will leave you breathless.

Take Me In

Author: Sabine Durrant
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781473608375
Release Date: 2018-06-28
Genre: Fiction

He saved your son's life. Now he wants yours... Tessa and Marcus went on holiday to save their marriage. Instead they nearly lost their son. In that fatal moment of inattention a stranger stepped in. And now Dave Jepsom is in their lives. They owe him - they know that - but he seems to want everything. He's on the streets they walk down. He's at the office where they work. He's knocking at their front door... And he's exposing secrets they would do anything to hide. If they could just go back. Not make that one terrible mistake. But it's never how it starts that matters. It's always how it ends. *** What readers are saying about this gripping book: 'This is definitely one of the best books I've read this year.' 'This is a brilliant read. From the first page you don't want to put down.' 'I was completely taken in with this book and cannot get the characters out of my head!' 'I thoroughly recommend this book.' 'A fast paced, exciting and dark thriller, Sabine has done it again, keeping me reading into the night.'

The Damselfly

Author: SJI Holliday
Publisher: Black & White Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781785301124
Release Date: 2017-02-02
Genre: Fiction

An unsolved murder. A community turned against each other. A killer close to home... Katie Taylor is the perfect student. She’s bright and funny, she has a boyfriend who adores her and there are only a few months left of school before she can swap Banktoun for the bright lights of London. Life gets even better when she has an unexpected win on a scratch card. But then Katie’s luck runs out. Her tragic death instead becomes the latest in a series of dark mysteries blighting the small town. The new school counsellor Polly McAllister, who has recently returned to Banktoun to make amends in her own personal life, is thrown in at the deep end as the pupils and staff come to terms with Katie’s death. And it’s not long before she uncovers a multitude of murky secrets. Did Katie have enemies? Is her boyfriend really so squeaky clean? And who is her brother’s mysterious friend? With Banktoun’s insular community inflamed by gossip and a baying mob stirring itself into a frenzy on social media, DS Davie Gray and DC Louise Jennings must work out who really murdered Katie before someone takes matters into their own hands... The Damselfly is the latest novel from the bestselling author of Black Wood and Willow Walk set in the small Scottish town of Banktoun. Fans of Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons and Peter James will love this rivetting psychological crime thriller as DS Davie Gray tries to hold together a community once again rocked by tragedy. What readers are saying about The Damselfly: "A compulsive read until the final breathtaking page." – Elizabeth Haynes, author of Never Alone "Multi-layered, fiendishly plotted and peopled by a cast of characters drawn with rare delicacy and skill." – Eva Dolan, author of Watch Her Disappear "The Damselfly is everything we’ve come to expect from Holliday – unnerving, compelling, and grabs tight from the start.” – Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake "Grips throughout then stops you dead in your tracks, beautiful writing, beautiful plotting from an entirely twisted genius of an author." – LizLovesBooks "I read it in a day – this is one you won’t want to put down until its heart-breaking conclusion." – Jenny Blackhurst, author of Before I Let You In "Think you're in for a cosy time of it if you move in to a small town? Read this book and have a re-think ... A pacy read: a fascinating ride, and one that will keep you glued to the book, right to the very last word." – Michael J Malone, author of A Suitable Lie "Another haunting, fast-paced thriller. The Damselfly gets under the skin of teenagers, families and the Banktoun community." – AK Benedict, author of The Beauty of Murder "A blaster of a plot that grips you right from the get-go." – Ava Marsh, author of Untouchable "A heart-thumping thriller, packed with twists and turns, that left me breathless. – Jane Isaac, author of Beneath the Ashes "A forceful, utterly gripping story that builds and builds the suspense until the stunning ending that will leave readers gasping." – Random Things Through My Letterbox

Lingering

Author: SJI Holliday
Publisher: Orenda Books
ISBN: 9781495629860
Release Date: 2018-09-27
Genre: Fiction

Married couple Jack and Ali Gardiner move to a self-sufficient commune in the English Fens, desperate for fresh start. The local village is known for the witches who once resided there, and Rosalind House, where the commune has been established, is a former psychiatric home, with a disturbing history. When Jack and Ali arrive, a chain of unexpected and unexplained events is set off, and it becomes clear that they are not all that they seem. As the residents become twitchy, and the villagers suspicious, events from the past come back to haunt them, and someone is seeking retribution. The Lingering is an exceptionally plotted, terrifying and tantalizingly twisted novel by one of the most exciting authors in the genre.

The Devil Aspect

Author: Craig Russell
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781472128324
Release Date: 2019-03-05
Genre: Fiction

'A blood-pumping, nerve-shredding thriller . . . ingenious' (A. J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window) 'Breathtaking' (Daily Mail) 'Wildly entertaining . . . truly frightening' (New York Times) How do you find a killer when you're surrounded by madness? 1935. As Europe prepares itself for a calamitous war, six homicidal lunatics - the so-called 'Devil's Six' - are confined in a remote castle asylum in rural Czechoslovakia. Each patient has their own dark story to tell and Dr Viktor Kosárek, a young psychiatrist using revolutionary techniques, is tasked with unlocking their murderous secrets. At the same time, a terrifying killer known as 'Leather Apron' is butchering victims across Prague. Successfully eluding capture, it would seem his depraved crimes are committed by the Devil himself. Maybe they are... and what links him with the insane inmates of the Castle of the Eagles? Only the Devil knows. And it is up to Viktor to find out. 'Grabs you on page 1 and drags you into its dark world kicking and screaming . . . a truly frightening story, one that gets under your skin slowly, then goes deep, like the tip of a butcher knife. I read the novel one snowy night by the fire, unable to sleep until I finished, then unable to sleep once I had' New York Times 'Deep, dark, and twisty, The Devil Aspect will keep you up all night reading... With all the lights on. Russell has created a gripping masterpiece of a thriller!' Alex Grecian, New York Times bestselling author of The Yard 'A blood-pumping, nerve-shredding thriller - elegant, edgy, ingenious. Craig Russell conjures not one but two unforgettable settings: Prague between the wars, pulsing with menace, and a Gothic mental asylum, as exciting a house of horrors as I've ever visited. You'll enter both with dread. You'll dwell in them with relish' A. J. Finn, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window 'Truly frightening . . . gets under your skin . . . like the tip of a butcher's knife' New York Times 'Sensational serial killer novel . . . in which twists are both jaw-dropping and logical . . . a mind-blowing story line that will appeal to fans of Caleb Carr and Thomas Harris' Publishers Weekly 'Steeped in the chilling folklore of Eastern Europe and echoing the dread of a barbaric war to come, The Devil Aspect snatches the reader by the lapels for a thrilling, twisting trip through the darkest corridors of the human mind' Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse 'A tour de force: a clever and visceral thriller . . . an ending that left me dazed' Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling author 'Dark, stylish and packed with jaw-dropping twists, The Devil Aspect stayed with me long after I'd turned the final page. Part Gothic horror, part crime thriller, it's an astonishing piece of work' M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show 'A superior thriller, at once stylish, absorbing and compulsive . . . a taut and chilling tale, expertly crafted . . . I was gripped from the very first page right up to that haunting denouement' Laura Carlin, author of The Wicked Cometh 'Well-crafted gothic crime . . . A smart, atmospheric and entertaining read' Kirkus Reviews 'A Gothic masterpiece in psychological horror and creeping dread, The Devil Aspect is as disturbing as it is compelling. Be prepared to read it in one sitting - and to sleep with the lights on for a long time to come' Neil Broadfoot, author of No Man's Land 'Deliciously authentic and darkly atmospheric . . . a game-changer for the world of crime fiction' Graham Smith, author of Death in the Lakes

Sharp Objects

Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (July 31, 2007)
ISBN:
Release Date: 2007-07-31
Genre: Fiction

FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GONE GIRL Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming. Amazon.com ReviewAs loyal Entertainment Weekly subscribers, we have been fans of Gillian Flynn for her smart, funny, and spot-on reviews of books, movies, and TV, but we were not prepared for her stunning debut novel Sharp Objects, a wickedly dark thriller that Stephen King calls a "relentlessly creepy family saga" and an "admirably nasty piece of work." We're calling it a cross between Twin Peaks and Secretary--sinister, sexy, and stylish. Perfect fall reading. --Daphne Durham 10 Second Interview: A Few Words with Gillian Flynn Q: Do you prefer writing novels or reviewing? A: I think writing is more pure--and actually a bit easier for me. It's just me and my laptop, not me and my laptop and a TV show that 30 people have worked on. Reviewing keeps you sharp--I can hardly watch or read anything without taking notes now--but plain old writing I find actually relaxing. Q: Do think your writing is influenced more by books that you have read, or shows/movies that you have seen? A: My mom spent her career as a reading teacher and my dad is a retired film professor, so I was really steeped in both books and movies growing up. To this day, when I get my dad on the phone, pretty much his first sentence is "Seen anything good lately?" I love putting words together (I've never met a simile I didn't like), but when I write I often think in "scenes"--I want these two people, in a dirty bar, with this song playing in the background. Q: I hear you are working on your second book...is it is too early to ask what it's about? A: I'm still playing around with the whole plot--when I wrote Sharp Objects, I wasn't even sure who the killer was for a bit. But I can say [the new book] has to do with family loyalty, false memories, a wrenching murder trial, and a dash of good 'ole 1980s hair metal and devil worship. Q: What is your writing process like? Have you changed anything about how you work since your first book? A: My writing process is incredibly inefficient, and hasn't changed between books. I really don't outline: I know basically how I want the story to start, and vaguely how I want it to end (though like I said, with Sharp Objects even that changed!). Then I just write: Some characters I start finding more interesting, some less. I write entire swaths that I pretty much know I'll cut. I have an entire file of "deleted scenes." I guess the one thing that has physically changed is I moved into a new place since my first book--it has a great bathtub, and I'll prop my laptop up and write in the bath for hours. Which is, admittedly, weird. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.From Publishers WeeklyFlynn gives new meaning to the term "dysfunctional family" in her chilling debut thriller. Camille Preaker, once institutionalized for youthful self-mutilation, now works for a third-rung Chicago newspaper. When a young girl is murdered and mutilated and another disappears in Camille's hometown of Wind Gap, Mo., her editor, eager for a scoop, sends her there for a human-interest story. Though the police, including Richard Willis, a profiler from Kansas City, Mo., say they suspect a transient, Camille thinks the killer is local. Interviewing old acquaintances and newcomers, she relives her disturbed childhood, gradually uncovering family secrets as gruesome as the scars beneath her clothing. The horror creeps up slowly, with Flynn misdirecting the reader until the shocking, dreadful and memorable double ending. She writes fluidly of smalltown America, though many characters are clichés hiding secrets. Flynn, the lead TV critic for Entertainment Weekly, has already garnered blurbs from Stephen King and Harlan Coben. 5-city author tour; foreign rights sold in 10 countries. (Oct.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.From Bookmarks MagazineCritics agree that Gillian Flynn's psychological thriller and murder mystery is a far more sophisticated offering than a debut novel has any right to be. Flynn, the Chicago-based television critic for Entertainment Weekly, paints a clever, sensitive, and scathing portrait of small-town America—"Wind Gap truly is the home town from hell," notes the Washington Post—while portraying a convincing heroine consumed by violence, past and present. Flynn's vivid prose captures human foibles perfectly. If Camille's career is an old trick of the trade, it's a minor flaw in an otherwise stunning novel, "a tough tale told with remarkable clarity and dexterity, particularly for a first-time author" (Denver Post). Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From BooklistThis impressive debut novel is fueled by stylish writing and compelling portraits of desperate housewives, southern style. Troubled newspaper reporter Camille Preaker is sent back to her Missouri hometown in a bid to get the inside scoop on the murders of two preteen girls--both were strangled and had their teeth removed. Almost as nasty as the brutal crimes are Camille's twisted family dynamics. She intends to stay with her zombielike mother, whom she has hardly spoken to in 8 years; her cipher of a stepfather; and her twisted, overly precocious 13-year-old half sister. Wading back into the insular social dynamics of the town proves to be a stressful experience for Camille, a reformed cutter whose body is riddled with the scars of words such aswicked and cupcake. In a particularly seductive narrative style, Flynn adopts the cynical, knowing patter of a weary reporter, but it is her portraits of the town's backstabbing, social-climbing, bored, and bitchy females that provoke her sharpest and most entertaining writing. A stylish turn on dark crimes and even darker psyches. Joanne Wilkinson Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.ReviewNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “A first novel that reads like the accomplished work of a long-time pro, the book draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction...Flynn's book goes deeper than your average thriller. It has all the narrative drive of a serious pop novel and much of the psychological complexity of a mainstream character study. All in all, a terrific debut.” —Alan Cheuse, The Chicago Tribune “A compulsively readable psychological thriller that marks [a] dazzling debut...[Flynn] has written a clever crime story with astonishing twists and turns, and enough suspense for the most demanding fans of the genre. But it is the sensitive yet disturbing depiction of her heroine that makes this an especially engrossing story...Flynn's empathic understanding of her major characters leads to storytelling that is sure and true, and it marks her a write to watch.” —Chicago Sun-Times “To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild. I haven't read such a relentlessly creepy family saga since John Farris's All Heads Turn as the Hunt Goes By, and that was thirty years ago, give or take. Sharp Objects isn't one of those scare-and-retreat books; its effect is cumulative. I found myself dreading the last thirty pages or so but was helpless to stop turning them. Then, after the lights were out, the story just stayed there in my head, coiled and hissing, like a snake in a cave. An admirably nasty piece of work, elevated by sharp writing and sharper insights.” —Stephen King “Not often enough, I come across a first novel so superb that it seems to have been written by an experienced author, perhaps with 20 earlier books to his or her credit. I'm extremely excited to discover my first debut blowout this year, a sad, horrifying book called Sharp Objects...[Flynn] is the real deal. Her story, writing and the characters will worm their way uncomfortably beneath your skin...But this is more literary novel than simple mystery, written with anguish and lyricism. It will be short-listed for one or more important awards at the end of the year...Sharp Objects is a 2006 favorite so far. I doubt I'll ever forget it.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer “A deeply creepy exploration of small-town Midwestern values and boasts one of the most deliciously dysfunctional families to come along in a while...[Flynn] handles the narrative with confidence and a surprisingly high level of skill...Wind Gap ends up the sort of place you'd never want to visit. But with Sharp Objects, you're in no hurry to leave.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Brilliant...Powerful, mesmerizing...A stunning, powerful debut from someone who truly has something to say.” —San Jose Mercury News “One of the best and most disturbing books I have read in a long time...Flynn never stoops to the gratuitous, and the torment produces haunting characters that hung around my imagination long after I had finished the book. Her skillful blending of old tragedies with new culminated in an 'oh-my-gosh' moment that I never saw coming. This book simply blew me away.” —Kansas City Star “Don't look here for the unrelenting self-deprecation and the moping over men common chick lit...I promise you'll be thoroughly unnerved at the end.” —Newsweek “First-time novelist Flynn is a natural-born thriller.” —People Style Watch “A witty, stylish, and compelling debut. A real winner.” —Harlan Coben “Flynn delivers a great whodunit, replete with hinting details, telling dialogue, dissembling clues. Better yet, she offers appalling, heartbreaking insight into the darkness of her women's lives: the Stepford polish of desperate housewives, the backstabbing viciousness of drug-gobbling, sex-for-favors Mean Girls, the simmering rage bound to boil over. Piercingly effective and genuinely terrifying.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Fans of psychological thrillers will welcome narrator/Chicago Daily Post reporter Camille Preaker with open arms...As first-time novelist Flynn expertly divulges in this tale reminiscent of the works of Shirley Jackson, there is much more to discover about Wind Gap and, most of all, about Camille.” —Library Journal “This impressive debut novel is fueled by stylish writing and compelling portraits...In a particularly seductive narrative style, Flynn adopts the cynical, knowing patter of a weary reporter, but it is her portraits of the town's backstabbing, social-climbing, bored, and bitchy females that provoke her sharpest and most entertaining writing. A stylish turn on dark crimes and even darker psyches.” —Booklist “[A] chilling debut thriller...[Flynn] writes fluidly of smalltown America.” —Publishers Weekly “[Flynn]] offers up a literary thriller that's a doozy...and she does it with wit and grit, a sort of Hitchcock visits Stephen King, with plenty of the former's offstage and often only implied violence, and the latter's sense of pacing and facility with dialogue...This is not a comfortable novel of touchy-feely family fun. Rather, it is a tough tale told with remarkable clarity and dexterity, particularly for a first-time author.” —Denver Post “A tense, irresistable thriller...Flynn's first-person narration is pitch-perfect, but even more impressive is the way she orchestrates the slim novel's onrushing tension toward a heart-stopping climax.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer “Darkly original...Flynn expertly ratchets up the suspense...A disturbing yet riveting tale.” —People “Skillful and disturbing...Flynn writes so well. Sometimes she dips her pen in acid, sometimes she is lyrical, but always she chooses her words deftly...She has an unsparing eye for human imperfection and for the evil that moves among us.” —Washington Post “Using understated, almost stark prose, Flynn paints a jagged, unflinching portrait of the vise-like psychological bonds between women, and how their demons lead to the perpetuation of cruelties upon themselves and others. The end result is an unsettling portrait of how long emotional wounds can last- and how deeply they hurt.” —Baltimore Sun “More in the tradition of Joyce Carol Oates than Agatha Christie, this one will leave readers profoundly disturbed. But from the first line...you know you're in the hands of a talented and accomplished writer.” —The Boston Globe “[A] breathtaking debut...Written with multiple twists and turns, Sharp Objects is a work of psychological prowess and page-turning thrills.” —Richmond Times “As suspenseful as the V.C. Andrews books you shared in high school, but much smarter.” —Glamour “Sharp Objects is one of the freshest debut thrillers to come around in a long while. It's a gripping, substantive story, stripped of cliche, and crafted with great style. The characters are refreshingly real, burdened with psychological issues that enrich the story. And the ending, which I was positive I could predict, is unpredictable. Sharp Objects is, indeed, quite sharp.” —Augusten Burroughs “Sharp, clean, exciting writing that grabs you from the first page. A real pleasure.” —Kate Atkinson, author of Case Histories and One Good Turn