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Erin Kelly
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Stone Mothers

Erin Kelly



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Crime & mystery


352 pages

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'The Victorians used to call their mental hospitals stone mothers,' I say. 'They thought the design of the building could literally nurse the sick back to health.'

Marianne grew up in the shadow of the old asylum, a place that still haunts her dreams. She was seventeen when she fled the town, her family, her boyfriend Jesse and the body they buried.

Now, forced to return, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving, is finally threatening to expose the truth.

Marianne will do anything to protect the life she's built; the husband and daughter who must never know.

Even if it means turning to her worst enemy...

But Marianne may not know the whole story - and she isn't the only one with secrets they'd kill to keep.

Moving back through time to reveal twists you'll never see coming, Stone Mothers is the gripping new suspense novel from the bestselling author of He Said/She Said.

By:   Erin Kelly
Imprint:   Headline
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   432g
ISBN:   9781444797329
ISBN 10:   1444797328
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Erin Kelly is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Poison Tree, The Sick Rose, The Burning Air, The Ties That Bind, He Said/She Said, Stone Mothers and Broadchurch: The Novel, inspired by the mega-hit TV series. In 2013, The Poison Tree became a major ITV drama and was a Richard & Judy Summer Read in 2011. He Said/She Said spent six weeks in the top ten in both hardback and paperback, was longlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier crime novel of the year award, and selected for both the Simon Mayo Radio 2 and Richard & Judy Book Clubs. She has worked as a freelance journalist since 1998 and written for the Guardian, The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, New Statesman, Red, Elle, Cosmopolitan and The Pool. Born in London in 1976, she lives in north London with her husband and daughters.

From the very first sentence, HE SAID/SHE SAID casts a shadow - how to undo what is done. The ending is as inevitable as it is dark; it swept me away and I enjoyed every minute of it. -- Alexandra Burt, author of <i>Little Girl Gone</i> I loved HE SAID/SHE SAID. Beautifully written, gripping and as twisty and dangerous as a 400-page-long rattlesnake, this is Erin Kelly at the absolute top of her game, and everyone else's too -- William Ryan, author of <i>The Constant Soldier</i> HE SAID/SHE SAID is simply won't be able to look away. Erin Kelly is a class act on top form. -- Lucy Dawson, author of <i>You Sent Me a Letter</i> I loved this book...Exceptionally clever. -- Julia Crouch, author of <i>Cuckoo</i> A haunting and beautifully twisted tale of desire and deceit. Erin Kelly is the kind of writer whose work you read and instantly wish it were your own. -- Colette McBeth, author of <i>The Life I Left Behind</i> Kept me guessing, kept me gripped and kept me thinking -- T.R. Richmond, author of <i>What She Left</i> A superbly dark and complex psychological thriller from a really exceptional author. Kelly' s beautiful and atmospheric writing pulls you in from the first page. I read right into the night. -- Kate Hamer, author of <i>The Girl in the Red Coat</i> An addictive read. The mystery and majesty of the total solar eclipses lends an eerie inevitability to the doomed and twisted attempts of Erin Kelly's all-too-human characters to control their lives. -- Isabelle Grey, author of <i>The Bad Mother</i> A taut, cleverly constructed novel about what we see, know and understand - and how they are not always the same thing. Prepare to step into the darkness... -- Linda Green, author of <i>While My Eyes Were Closed</i> A tour de force - a gripping, twisting, furiously clever read that asks all the right questions and keeps you guessing until the very end. I loved it. -- Ruth Ware, author of <i>The Woman in Cabin 10</i> HE SAID/SHE SAID tantalisingly exposes the lives of beautifully drawn characters, holding them under a magnifying glass as the consequences of one terrifying moment during an eclipse ripple out over the years. With all the anticipation and tension of an actual eclipse - mysterious, breathtaking, powerful - Erin Kelly captures the essence of the 'unputdownable novel' by combining fear, breathtaking twists and turns, as well as her trademark bewitching prose. -- Samantha Hayes, author of <i>Until You're Mine</i> A masterclass in drip-fed suspense, beautifully written and astutely observed. This book left me extremely tense throughout - in a good way! -- SJI Holliday, author of <i>Willow Walk</i> Kelly proves herself (once again) a mistress of the dark arts of psychological thriller writing with sinuous storytelling that beguiles and entraps the reader. Lingers in the mind long after the final page. Set to be the psych thriller of 2017 -- Anya Lipska, author of <i>Where the Devil Can't Go</i> Fantastic... a real tour de force, with characters I won't forget any time soon -- Kate Rhodes, author of <i>Crossbones Yard</i> Tense, beautifully written and with a real gut-punch of a twist -- Claire McGowan, author of <i>The Lost</i> It has a twist, and a stunning one at that but there is much more to this superbly written psychological drama...Intelligent, thought provoking and utterly compelling, this book held me spell bound until the very last page. -- Sinead Crowley, author of <i>Are You Watching Me?</i> Superbly twisty and readable thriller; pure enjoyment -- Jenny Colgan, author of <i>The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After</i> Erin Kelly speaks the language of tension fluently. HE SAID/SHE SAID will make you question everything you know and suspect everyone you think you can trust. My first response was to read it all over again, to see where the traps were set. -- Janet Ellis, author of <i>The Butcher's Hook</i> Multi-layered and stylish, with characters you feel you know, dilemmas you can imagine grappling with, and a hurtling plot that's unpatronising and clever to the last page. My admiration for Erin Kelly has just gone up another notch. -- Helen Fitzgerald, author of <i>Viral</i> Deeply immersive... an ingeniously constructed and thrilling novel about the many different forms of betrayal -- Claire Kendal, author of <i>The Book of You</i> I devoured it...weaves such a delicate line between everyone's version of the truth, it was impossible to stop reading. -- Holly Seddon, author of <i>Try Not to Breathe</i> It's magnificent. Stunningly twisty plot and weep-makingly brilliant writing -- Marian Keyes, author of <i>The Woman Who Stole My Life</i> Twisted, atmospheric and perfectly plotted. Her best yet. -- Jenny Blackhurst, author of <i>How I Lost You</i> Kelly is a beautiful writer who can conjure an atmosphere with exceptional skill...a fantastic psychological thriller replete with mystery and misdirection -- Alex Marwood, author of <i>The Darkest Secret</i> Erin Kelly keeps you guessing to the very last page, she cleverly reminds us of our own fallibility and gullibility -- Adele Parks, author of <i>The Stranger in My Home</i> Not just a tense psychological drama but a meditation on the complex view. Kelly brilliantly uses the eclipse as metaphor, exploring the fact that though we long for black and white, the partial view is all we ever get. Dive in. -- Susie Steiner, author of <i>Missing, Presumed</i> Deliciously tense and twisty. -- Sharon Bolton, author of <i>Daisy in Chains</i> It's SO good...I was carrying it around the house I was so gripped -- Sarah Perry, author of <i>The Essex Serpent</i> I'm calling it: THIS is the book I wish I'd written -- Clare Mackintosh, author of <i>I See You</i> Praise for HE SAID/SHE SAID * . *

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