The Companion

The Companion

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In a grand old mansion in the middle of the Sussex countryside, seven people have seen more than they should... The new chilling thriller from Lesley Thomson.

James Ritchie was looking forward to a boys' day out with his son, Wilbur - even if he was a little late picking him up from the home of his ex-wife, Anna. Annoyed by his late arrival, and competing for their son's attention, Anna leaves the two of them to their day with the promise of a roast dinner when Wilbur returns.

But Anna will never see her family again. That afternoon, James and Wilbur are found dead, the victims of a double stabbing on the beach.

DI Toni Kemp, of Sussex police, must unravel a case which has shocked the county to its core. What she discovers will lead her to Blacklock House, a grand country mansion, long ago converted into flats. Here in the middle of nowhere, where a peacock struts the lawn, and a fountain plays intermittently, seven long-term residents have seen more than they should.

But this is a community who are good at keeping secrets...

'Like the best of Barbara Vine and Agatha Christie crossed with the unique Lesley Thomson brilliance' Elly Griffiths
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 145 x 228 x 37mm | 597g
  • Head of Zeus -- an Aries Book
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1801109265
  • 9781801109260
  • 784,361

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'An eerie thriller' * Choice Magazine * 'This modern take on the country-house mystery shocks from the off... A stand-alone whodunnit that is creepy and very funny. Anyone who appreciates clever plotting and lively writing will have a ball reading it' * The Times * 'This is a thoroughly entertaining and very contemporary take on the traditional country-house mystery, switching from sinister to comic with practised ease' * Daily Mail * PRAISE FOR LESLEY THOMSON:

'One of the most original characters in British crime fiction... Thomson's plots are original and she draws her characters with genuine affection' Sunday Times.

'In the best traditions of the classic whodunnit, this is Midsomer Murders for grown-ups' Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express.

'Lesley Thomson gets better and better' Ian Rankin.

'A clever mystery plot... Its excellence is in the characters, all credible and memorable' Literary Review.

'Gloriously well-written... Thomson creates a rich and sinister world that is utterly unique' -- William Shaw
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About Lesley Thomson

Lesley Thomson grew up in west London. Her first novel, A Kind of Vanishing, won the People's Book Prize in 2010. Her second novel, The Detective's Daughter, was a number 1 bestseller and sold over 500,000 copies. Visit her website at
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38 ratings
4 out of 5 stars
5 29% (11)
4 45% (17)
3 24% (9)
2 3% (1)
1 0% (0)
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