Kate Simants spent years as an investigative undercover journalist for Channel 4 and the BBC; her investigations into children's homes were the inspiration for A Ruined Girl. She was shortlisted for a CWA Debut Dagger for her first novel Lock Me In and won the UEA Literary Festival scholarship to study for an MA in Crime Fiction. She lives near Bristol with her family.
A tense, unsettling and emotionally engaging whydunnit that grips from the first page -- Sophie Hannah, <i>The Sunday Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Haven't They Grown</i> Gritty, tense, superbly plotted and left me breathless -- Harriet Tyce, Richard and Judy bestselling author of <i>Blood Orange</i> Sensitively written and intriguing, A Ruined Girl had me hooked -- Elizabeth Haynes, bestselling author of <i>Into the Darkest Corner</i> 'Layer upon layer of secrets, making for a perfectly paced page-turner. Past and present are woven together beautifully, and all tied up in an ending that I genuinely did not see coming' -- Robert Scragg, author of <i>What Falls Between the Cracks</i> 'Immersive and compelling, authentic and raw' -- S.E. Lynes, bestselling author of <i>The Women</i> 'It has everything you want from a novel - the grimy realism of the best crime, and the perfectly executed twists of the best psychological thrillers' -- Dominic Nolan, author of <i>After Dark</i> 'Assured, gripping and with a twist I did not see coming... fantastic' -- James Delargy, author of <i>55</i> 'A mesmerising tale of justice and redemption which will have you spellbound. Simants displays a poetic eye for detail which will quickly establish her as one of the rising stars of crime fiction' -- Trevor Wood, author of <i>The Man on the Street</i> 'Superb. A rare combination of stunning twists and exceptional prose makes it the perfect read' -- David Jackson, bestselling author of <i>Cry Baby</i>