The Scorched Earth
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The Scorched Earth

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Nothing stays buried forever... 'A blistering mystery' Erin Kelly.
'Supremely atmospheric' Daily Mail.
'Gripping and original' Clare Empson.

Two years ago, Ben Fenton went camping for the night with his brother Leo. When Ben woke up, he was covered in blood, and his brother had gone. Days later, Ben was facing a charge of murder.

Ben's girlfriend, Ana Seabrook, has always sworn he was innocent. And now, on the hottest day of a sweltering heat wave, a body has been unearthed in Ana's village. A body that might be connected to what really happened between Ben and Leo that fateful night.

DCI Jansen, of St Albans police, is sure that Ana has something to hide. But until the police track down the identity of the body, he can't work out how everything's connected. Will Ana's secrets stay buried forever? Or can Jansen bring them to light?

Praise for Rachael Blok:

'A blistering mystery; the dark secrets lurking in the short summer shadows kept me turning the pages long into the night' Erin Kelly.

'You will suspect everyone in this unbearably tense tale of betrayal and revenge' A.S. Hatch.

'Poetic writing with an eerie suspense that builds with each page' Nikky Mackay.

'Beautifully told, the stifling heat and tension crackle through every page' Victoria Selman.

'This atmospheric tale of guilty secrets revealed during a scorching summer is twisty, evocative and suspenseful' Roz Watkins.

'Assured and compelling ... The author is as deft about human relationships as she is about creating an increasingly foreboding atmosphere' Elly Griffiths.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 145 x 228 x 39mm | 624g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1788548035
  • 9781788548038
  • 628,499

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'Deeply foreboding and utterly compelling ... Blok skilfully rachets up the tension ... An emotionally charged thriller that plays on the tragic humanity of its characters' Irish Times. 'A most ingenious version of the revenge tragedy' The Tablet. 'Underlines [Blok's] exceptional ability as a storyteller ... Gripping, twisty and immensely satisfying, this confirms Blok's talent' Daily Mail. '[A] scorchingly good thriller' Sunday Mirror. 'This atmospheric novel is a slow burn - but well worth it' Heat. 'Blok has an elliptical, poetic stye that treats the narrative ... A powerful, eventful novel that depicts grief as a pit "so deep and wide that there's no climbing out". The dizzying heat comes off the page' The Times. 'An engrossing and twisty procedural' Sunday Times Crime Club. 'Beautifully told, the stifling heat and tension crackle through every page' Victoria Selman, author of Blood for Blood. 'This atmospheric tale of guilty secrets revealed during a scorching summer is twisty, evocative and suspenseful' Roz Watkins. 'Poetic writing with an eerie suspense that builds with each page' Niki Mackay, author of I, Witness. 'A blistering mystery; the dark secrets lurking in the short summer shadows kept me turning the pages long into the night' Erin Kelly. 'Breathtaking prose ... Gripping and original' Clare Empson. 'You will suspect everyone in this unbearably tense tale of betrayal and revenge' A.S. Hatch.
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About Rachael Blok

Rachael Blok grew up in Durham and studied Literature at Warwick University. She taught English at a London Comprehensive and is now a full-time writer living in Hertfordshire with her husband and children. Visit rachaelblok.com
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30 ratings
4.13 out of 5 stars
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4 50% (15)
3 13% (4)
2 3% (1)
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