Black Thorn

Black Thorn

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Sarah Hilary, Theakston's Crime Novel of the year winner and author of Fragile, returns with Black Thorn, another compulsive psychological thriller, that questions how much you know about the people who live next to you . . .

'An astonishingly gifted writer' Marian Keyes

Blackthorn Ashes was meant to be their forever home. For the first six families moving into the exclusive new housing development, it was a chance to live a peaceful life on the cliffs overlooking the Cornish sea, safe in the knowledge that it had been created just for them.

But six weeks later, paradise is lost. Six people are dead. And Blackthorn Ashes is left abandoned and unfinished, its dark shadows hiding all manner of secrets.

One of its surviving residents, Agnes Gale, is determined to find out the truth about what happened. Even if that truth is deadlier than she could have ever believed possible . . .

Praise for Sarah Hilary:

'Perfectly plotted' Erin Kelly

'Extraordinary' Andrew Taylor
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Macmillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1035003880
  • 9781035003884

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Nail-biting, heart-wrenching stuff. Black Thorn has the atmosphere and drama of a modern-day du Maurier novel. Sarah Hilary's uncanny ability to make readers not just see through her characters' eyes but feel through their skin in unparalleled -- Erin Kelly on Black Thorn A mesmerizing story of family and community, secrets and lies. Psychologically rich and captivatingly told, Sarah Hilary's Black Thorn sweeps you into its dark embrace from the start and holds you there until its final revelations -- Megan Abbott on Black Thorn Sarah Hilary has always known how to chill her readers - Fragile dials the chill factor up to eleven -- Val McDermid on Fragile Fragile is absolutely STUNNING, the dreamy atmosphere couples with Nell's carnal love for Joe put me in mind of Barbara Vine . . . [Sarah Hilary is] an astonishingly gifted writer, with an almost scalpel-like ability to dissect human motivation and convey it deliciously devoid of sentimentality. I was GRIPPED by Fragile, it took me into a whole other world and I was sorry to leave it -- Marian Keyes on Fragile Perfectly plotted, beautifully written modern Gothic. Timeless, tense and tender, Fragile will worm its way deep into your heart, just as the characters insinuate themselves into each other's lives. I absolutely loved it -- Erin Kelly on Fragile Extraordinary . . . an immersive psychological thriller that plunges us into an underworld of emotional and physical exploitation. There are shades of Highsmith . . . Brilliant stuff -- Andrew Taylor on Fragile Beautifully written modern Gothic. I took my time with this, savouring it - the tone of Sarah Hilary's writing is unique to her: exploring society and human nature in a sensitive, engrossing way. Ingenious, original and brilliant -- Will Dean, author of The Last Thing To Burn on Fragile Fragile is a fever dream. A nightmarish slant on the world delivered expertly and with heart. Tension like cold steel. Characters you won't forget. Sarah Hilary is a modern-day Highsmith -- Steve Cavanagh on Fragile A beguiling thriller of considerable ambition and ingenuity, Fragile marks Sarah Hilary as a twenty-first century du Maurier, a writer who plunges the depths of human nature, finding the darkest, most deviant corners, but also the fleeting hopes and brittle aspirations. This is a truly outstanding work of modern Gothic -- Eva Dolan on Fragile So Gothically creepy and addictive, brilliant characters and set-up, but most of all just beautifully written -- Sabine Durrant on Fragile A swirling, corrosive tale of death and deceit, as unsettling as it is beguiling -- Luke Jennings, author of the Killing Eve series, on Fragile Highly original, beautifully written -- Sharon Bolton on Fragile
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About Sarah Hilary

Sarah Hilary's debut novel, Someone Else's Skin, won the 2015 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and was a World Book Night selection. The Observer's Book of the Month ('superbly disturbing') and a Richard and Judy Book Club bestseller, it has been published worldwide. No Other Darkness, the second in the series, was shortlisted for a Barry Award in the US. Her DI Marnie Rome series continues with Tastes Like Fear, Quieter Than Killing, Come and Find Me, and Never Be Broken. Black Thorn is her second standalone novel, following Fragile.
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