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All the Colours of the Dark

Chris Whitaker

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A missing persons mystery, a serial killer thriller, and an epic love story - with a unique twist on each...

Late one summer, the town of Monta Clare is shattered by the abduction of teenager Joseph 'Patch' Macauley. Nobody more so than Saint Brown, who will risk everything to find her best friend.

But when she does: it will break her heart.

Patch lies alone in a pitch-black room... until he feels a hand in his. Her name is Grace. Although they cannot see each other, she lights their world with her words.

But when he escapes: there is no sign she ever existed.

Left with only her voice and her name, Patch paints her from broken memories - and charts an epic search to find her. As years turn to decades, and hope becomes obsession, Saint will shadow his journey - on a darker path to hunt down the man who took them - and set free the only boy she ever loved.

Even if finding the truth means losing each other forever...


'Impeccably crafted, deeply emotional, entirely shattering. I was captivated from page one.' - BONNIE GARMUS, author of LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY

'Chris Whitaker's latest novel is a book to lose yourself in... this sprawling crime novel transcends its genre to become something epic in scope, haunting and ultimately deeply moving. A huge achievement.' - ALEX MICHAELIDES, author of THE SILENT PATIENT

'ALL THE COLOURS OF THE DARK is epic in every sense of the word: time, scope, skill, and love. It's a crime novel with a huge beating heart and some of the best characters I've ever passed my time with.' - ABIGAIL DEAN, author of GIRL A

'Taut, beguiling , and suspenseful, ALL THE COLOURS OF THE DARK reveals the depth of a town's loss when a young boy goes missing' - NITA PROSE, author of THE MAID

'Engrossing, heart-breaking and uplifting in equal measure - I've never read anything quite like it. This book will stay with you for a very long time.' - LUCY FOLEY, author of THE PARIS APARTMENT

'This book hits like a sledgehammer. Equal parts harrowing and triumphant, Chris Whitaker's novel is a haunting story of America, alternating between its twin strands of violence and love. I couldn't put it down, and will always remember that 13 year old pirate, Patch, and that brilliant little beekeeper, Saint. An absolutely must-read novel.' - GILLIAN FLYNN, author of GONE GIRL
Imprint:   Orion
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 44mm
Weight:   720g
ISBN:   9781398707665
ISBN 10:   139870766X
Pages:   592
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Chris Whitaker is the award-winning author of adult fiction Tall Oaks, All the Wicked Girls and We Begin at the End. Tall Oaks was the winner of the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award and We Begin At The End was a Waterstones Thriller of the Month, a New York Times bestseller, a Der Spiegel bestseller, an international #1 bestseller and winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award, the Ned Kelly Best International Crime Award, and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

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