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A Tidy Ending

Joanna Cannon



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18 May 2022
Amazon readers are LOVING this book:

'Dark, claustrophobic, compelling, shocking and very funny indeed'

'A very dark black comedy, with a murder investigation coming ever closer'

'Left me speechless with disbelief and giddy with delight'

'A very intriguing and rewarding thriller, and such brutal fun'

'The ending is not just 'tidy' - it is totally unexpected until the very last stunning sentence ...and once you've read it, you will need to re-read the whole story to discover how it was done'

'Devastating, deceptive and darkly funny. Classic Cannon' Sarah Winman


Linda lives on a nice, normal street. She has a nice, normal husband and a nice, normal life.

But Linda isn't entirely satisfied. And then the murders start...

From the bestselling author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP and THREE THINGS ABOUT ELSIE, this is a compelling, sinister and perceptive novel about keeping yourself to yourself.

After all, the grass isn't always greener. Especially if you're six feet beneath it.


'Cannon's shrewd characterisation, sparky observations and subtly menacing plot makes this a darkly funny and delightfully sinister read' Mail on Sunday

'Compellingly creepy, with precisely observed characterisation... combines pathos with lovely flashes of humour and a wholly unexpected ending' Guardian

'Joanna Cannon creates a world that is so real, so parochial and stifling... Then adds in a killer. Glorious' Jane Fallon

'A compellingly crafted, darkly funny and compulsive read, full of twists' Rachel Joyce

'A genuinely funny, and moving, novel about a serial killer... a curtain-twitching, darkly funny tale with a gloriously sinister twist' Observer

'A twist-laden mystery' Clare Mackintosh

'It had me holding my breath!' Marian Keyes
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   270g
ISBN:   9780008507756
ISBN 10:   0008507759
Pages:   416
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joanna Cannon graduated from Leicester Medical School and worked as a hospital doctor, before specialising in psychiatry. She lives in the Peak District with her family and her dog. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep is her first novel.

Reviews for A Tidy Ending

'Original, macabre and the reveal of the twist made me laugh with shock and delight. Never less than intriguing, it had me holding my breath!' Marian Keyes 'A stupendous novel... complicated, dark, funny and very human' Fern Britton 'Devastating, deceptive and darkly funny. Classic Cannon' Sarah Winman 'Entertaining and dark' Stylist 'I literally put the light on in the middle of the night in order to carry on reading it. Compelling, sinister, brilliantly written, it is a complete triumph' Katie Fforde 'Joanna Cannon creates a world that is so real, so parochial & stifling you can feel it. Then adds in a killer. Glorious' Jane Fallon 'A compellingly crafted, darkly funny and compulsive read, full of twists... a joy and a triumph' Rachel Joyce 'So clever and unexpected... superb... glorious... I'm going to be thinking about this book for a long time' Kathryn Mannix 'Jo's writing is as delicate and precise as tapestry and Linda is a character you'll never forget' Jill Mansell 'Such a distinctive voice in a novel full of immense compassion with a brilliant narrative twist. Brava!' Hannah Beckerman 'Deliciously sinister and irresistibly tense. The creepiest, cleverest, most haunting mystery you will read all year. Absolutely brilliant. I couldn't stop reading' Rachel Clarke 'A highly entertaining thriller with a huge, warm, beating human heart and a central character that stays with you long, long after reading. I loved it' Kate Hamer 'I absolutely loved it.. A serial killer, a traumatised woman, the quirkiest of characters, such perfect observational writing - she's a superstar' Sarah Pinborough 'Ridiculously good' Marianne Cronin 'Thoroughly absorbing with an expertly drawn and engaging protagonist. The suspense hums beneath the surface until the satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended' Olivia Kiernan 'Brilliantly entertaining' Milly Johnson

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