Susanna Jones grew up in Yorkshire and studied drama at London University. Her work has been translated into over twenty languages and has won the CWA John Creasey Dagger, a Betty Trask Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. She lives in Brighton. The Earthquake Bird is her first novel.
Prepare for all-over goosebumps * Elle * Mesmerising * Mail on Sunday * This spare, urgent debut is not only a polished crime novel, but a hymn to Tokyo and an awkwardly tender love story * Daily Telegraph * An impressive psychological thriller... written with bleak beauty * New Statesman * Comparisons with Lesley Glaister, Barbara Vine and Helen Dunmore spring to mind, although Jones is too original, too unusual in her sensibilities to be easily or usefully pigeon-holed * Literary Review * An engrossing read, and one that's quite mysterious at times, this is a book that you won't be able to put down * Easy Living * Jones evokes a sense of mystery and strangeness with the lightest of touches, and casts doubt on the reliability of her narrator in a manner reminiscent of Paul Aster. Experimental, teasing but always utterly readable, this novel will keep you guessing all the way through its 278 pages * Independent on Sunday * Remarkable... you'll find this story still lurking in the dark corners of your mind long after you've put the book down * The Face * Anyone familiar with Jones's previous books will know that, in her deliciously disorientating fictional worlds, nothing is ever quite as it seems... Jones is a mistress of disguise, not just in her characterization and plotting, but in her blurring of the divisions between right and wrong... the revelation, when it comes, is breathtaking' * Literary Review * Exquisitely written yet utterly chilling, this will keep you gripped from start to finish: a potential book-group classic * Elle * An astonishingly accomplished debut... it's hard to believe that this skilfully constructed and beautifully written work is a first novel * Daily Telegraph * Jones is a mistress of the unexplained menace * Mail on Sunday * In spare yet devastating prose, Susanna Jones maintains a chilling ambiguity throughout, scoring 10 on the suspense Richter scale. Compelling and haunting, this delicately crafted debut novel's tremors are felt long after the final page is turned * Observer *