Dog Rose Dirt

Dog Rose Dirt

3.51 (3,683 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.51 (3,683 ratings by Goodreads)

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'Creepy and compelling' HARRIET TYCE

'Brilliant - filled with tension and twists' SARAH PINBOROUGH

'An unsettling, terrifying thriller' ABIGAIL DEAN

'Masterclass in suspense' THE TIMES

'Will have you up all night with the lights on' ELLE

What if your mother had been writing to a serial killer?

A convicted murderer with a story to tell

Serial killer Michael Reave - known as The Red Wolf - has been locked in Belmarsh Prison for over 20 years for the brutal and ritualistic murders of countless women.

A grieving daughter with a secret to unearth

Ex-journalist Heather Evans returns to her childhood home after her mother's inexplicable suicide and discovers something chilling - hundreds of letters between her mother and Reave, dating back decades.

A hunt for a killer ready to strike again

When the body of a woman is found decorated with flowers, just like his victims, Reave is the only person alive who could help. After years of silence, he will speak to Heather, and only Heather.

If she wants to unearth the truth and stop further bloodshed, she'll have to confront a monster.


'One of the creepiest serial killer thrillers I've encountered in a long time' AMY MCCULLOCH

'I read it heart in mouth' HARRIET TYCE

'Terrifying, fun and insightful' NATHAN RIPLEY

'Taut and stylish' E.G. SCOTT

'Brimming with secrets' MEGAN COLLINS


'Strangely beautiful, powerful and disturbing.' HEAT

'Chilling' BELLA
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 260g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0008383839
  • 9780008383831
  • 847,302

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'Reminiscent of Sharp Objects, this chilling British serial killer thriller had me gripped. Filled with tension and twists, Jen Williams manages to deftly unravel the killer's dark and deadly secrets to an ending that you won't see coming' Sarah Pinborough, Sunday Times Bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

'An unsettling pastoral thriller, which grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Part-Midsommar, part-Hereditary, part-Mindhunter - and entirely terrifying' Abigail Dean, author of Girl A

'It's dark as a Grimm fairy tale and brimming with secrets. With its terrifying story of a serial killer, and the woman who's recently uncovered her mother's connection to him, this novel will appeal to - and deeply chill - fans of true crime' Megan Collins, author of The Winter Sister

'A clever, chilling crime novel with a perplexing mystery, compelling storytelling and vivid characters' Jane Casey

'A taut and stylish thriller ... Riveting from the first page' E.G Scott, bestselling author of The Woman Inside

'Intense and with a seam of gallows humour, Dog Rose Dirt is terrifying, fun, and insightful' Nathan Ripley, bestselling author of Find You in the Dark

'Creepy and compelling, [Dog Rose Dirt] is a truly disturbing take on a serial killer narrative. I read it heart in mouth!' Harriet Tyce, Sunday Times Bestselling author of Blood Orange

'Masterfully plotted and heart-poundingly tense, Jen Williams combines British folklore, cults, and the most chilling serial killer to grace the page in years - creating a thriller that's both mesmerising, and utterly terrifying' Katie Lowe, author of The Furies

'A tense, gripping and original read, with one of the creepiest serial killers I've encountered in a long time' Amy McCulloch
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About Jen Williams

Jen Williams lives in London with her partner and their small ridiculous cat. Having been a fan of grisly fairy tales from a young age, these days Jen writes dark unsettling thrillers with strong female leads, as well as character-driven fantasy novels with plenty of adventure and magic. She has twice won the British Fantasy Award for her Winnowing Flame trilogy, and when she's not writing books she works as a bookseller and a freelance copywriter.
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Rating details

3.51 out of 5 stars
- 3,683 ratings
5 15% (552)
4 37% (1,345)
3 35% (1,299)
2 11% (392)
1 3% (95)
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