the new novel from the bestselling author of He Said/She Said
By Erin Kelly
The stunning new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of HE SAID/SHE SAID.
'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.
'Poignant and tragic, full of unexpected shifts and twists, addictively scary and thrillingly audacious.' Nicci French
'The plot is so CLEVER... and the writing is perfection.' Marian Keyes
'The incomparable Erin Kelly has written another captivating, cleverly constructed contemporary novel.' Paula Hawkins
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. erinkelly.co.uk twitter.com/mserinkelly
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04 Apr 2019
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Hodder & Stoughton
A beautifully dark, Gothic story of characters haunted by their past: poignant and tragic, full of unexpected shifts and twists, addictively scary and thrillingly audacious. — Nicci French
The incomparable Erin Kelly has written another captivating, cleverly constructed contemporary novel. — Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
Doubly excellent - truly fine psychological suspense, and plenty to think about, too, when your pulse has returned to normal. — Lee Child, Sunday Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
Compelling, darkly atmospheric and powerful, STONE MOTHERS leads you deeper and deeper into a claustrophobic world of desire, violence and blackmail. With all the ingredients of a classic psychological thriller, it's also got amazing depth and resonance, examining the shifting dynamics of power and the legacy of violence. — Bridget Collins, author of The Binding
The plot is so CLEVER, the characterisation weep-makingly wise, and the writing is perfection. It is great. — Marian Keyes, author of The Break