A stunning debut – part psychological thriller, part detective novel – from a powerful and distinctive new voice.
The murder of a first-year university student shocks the city of Durham. The victim, Emily Brabents, was from the privileged and popular set at Joyce College, a cradle for the country’s future elite.
As Detective Inspector Erica Martin investigates the college, she finds a close-knit community fuelled by jealousy, obsession and secrets. But the very last thing she expects is an instant confession.
The picture of Emily that begins to emerge is that of a girl wanted by everyone, but not truly known by anyone. Anyone, that is, except Daniel Shepherd. Her fellow student, ever-faithful friend and the only one who cares. The only one who would do anything for her . . .
This debut had me on the edge of my sun-lounger for a whole day. Excellent plotting and a genuinely unguessable resolution to the mystery.
– Sophie Hannah
There is a gripping, economic precision in this highly charged thriller.
– Ralph Fiennes
Grabbed me from the first page and wouldn’t let go. A compelling read, beautifully written … A tense, captivating tale, brilliantly told.
– Rachel Abbott
Once I started reading it I couldn’t stop. A brilliantly plotted and utterly gripping thriller.
– Stav Sherez
A psychological police procedural … An intelligent and thrilling debut.
– Peter Guttridge, author and former Observer crime critic
I was hooked from the first page. Opens the door to an insidious world – eye-opening, harrowing and terrifying plausible.
– Greta Scacchi