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Stone Mothers

the thrilling new suspense novel from the bestselling author of He Said/She Said

By Erin Kelly

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The stunning new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of HE SAID/SHE SAID.

The gripping new psychological suspense novel from the bestselling author of breakout hit HE SAID/SHE SAID

The men who built the asylums called them 'stone mothers': places of safety to hold troubled women and nurse them back to health. But no one wants a mother made of stone...

Nazareth mental hospital has been converted to luxury flats, but it still has its secrets.

Three women live in its shadow:
Marianne, who fled her home, her boyfriend and the body they buried. Now a successful academic, a loving mother and a loyal wife, she fears her secret being revealed, her world being ripped apart.
Honor, her daughter, who she will do anything to protect.
And Helen, her worst enemy - and the only person she can trust.

Marianne can't tell the truth. She can't keep the secret. And none of them can escape the past...

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.

'Addictively scary and thrillingly audacious.' Nicci French

'The plot is so CLEVER... and the writing is perfection.' Marian Keyes

'A clever, nuanced psychological thriller from one of the best writers in the genre. Properly chilling, you'll be gripped.' Red

Biographical Notes

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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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
STONE MOTHERS is a clever, nuanced psychological thriller from one of the best writers in the genre. Properly chilling, you'll be gripped. — Red
The incomparable Erin Kelly has written another captivating, cleverly constructed contemporary novel. — Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
The fantastically taut, compelling plot, brooding atmosphere and fast pace make it a winner. — Good Housekeeping
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
A gripping thriller which is impossible to put down, culminating in a heart-stopping final showdown — Daily Express
From the twist on the first page to the final gasp, this is a dazzling psychological thriller. — Grazia
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
Gripping, atmospheric thriller. — Daily Mirror
The plot is so CLEVER, the characterisation weep-makingly wise, and the writing is perfection. It is great. — Marian Keyes, author of The Break
A great read... another twisty, layered, nuanced story, filled with complexity and shadows. — Ruth Ware, author of The Death of Mrs Westaway
STONE MOTHERS is a pitch-perfect, beautifully-written, literary crime novel. I pressed my copy into the hands of a friend as soon as I'd finished it. — Paula Daly
A wonderful page-turner full of dark secrets - atmospheric and intense with a gripping plot. Beautifully and cleverly written, STONE MOTHERS tells the tale of the Nazareth Mental Hospital, its impact on a community and the consequences one incident has on the lives of the characters involved. I loved it. — Jenny Quintana
Atmospheric, compelling and worryingly apposite. This is powerful storytelling for the times we're in. — Tammy Cohen
Compelling... The strength of Kelly's writing is the combination of strong, believable characters and ingenious plotting, her brilliantly timed reveals constantly pulling the rug out from under her readers. Exemplary writing. — The Big Issue
What a storyteller Erin Kelly is. The women in this story and the ways in which their lives are entwined, the echoes of the past, the weight of secrets, the fear and the intimacy - it's all here. Simply spectacular. — Sarah Hilary
An atmospheric tale of buried truths and the devastating consequences, I was fascinated and horrified in equal measure. Another triumph from Erin Kelly. — SJI Holliday, author of The Lingering
Chilling, spine-tingling with a pace that leaves you breathless. STONE MOTHERS is a beautifully written puzzle, a thriller with heart that had me racing through the pages to find out what happens. — Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat
Warning: may induce whiplash. So many novelists merely maintain altitude with each book; Erin Kelly tops herself time and again. STONE MOTHERS is the best and boldest novel to date from one of the very best thriller writers at work today: a sinuous, slippery thriller as ingenious as it is absorbing. — A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
STONE MOTHERS... is a complex, suspenseful and moving story about motherhood and vulnerability. I loved the way Erin Kelly switched competing narratives to make us question our own perspectives on such a fraught subject as how we provide care for the mentally ill. — Isabelle Grey, author of the DI Grace Fisher series
A treat for anyone who loves their suspense gothic and poignant. The chilling Nazareth Mental Hospital haunts the lives of all who come there, reserving its coldest touch for those women who dare have ambition. — Lucie Whitehouse
A plot to die for, with characters so real you can hear them breathing. Let Erin Kelly's STONE MOTHERS take you by the hand and hold on tightly for the ride. A truly exceptional read. — Lucy Dawson, author of White Lies
Holy hell, Erin Kelly gets better and better! STONE MOTHERS made me weep, smile and tremble all at once. Prose so razor sharp I wanted to savour it but a plot so pacy I couldn't help racing through it. Brilliantly moving. — Holly Seddon
Full of sentences that are so good I want to write them down and pin them to the wall. — Mark Edwards, author of In Her Shadow
Kelly is a masterful storyteller. The twists and turns keep you gripped until the very last page... This is a brilliant, beautiful book - and an important one. — Paul Burston
From the opening, pulse-raising first line, STONE MOTHERS is absolutely riveting and so beautifully written. This is Erin Kelly at the top of her game - and that's saying something after HE SAID/SHE SAID. — Michelle Davies, author of False Witness
STONE MOTHERS is a beautifully dark and chilling story and I was gripped from start to finish. I am in awe of Erin Kelly's superb writing. — Heidi Perks, author of Now You See Her
Loved STONE MOTHERS by the genius that is Erin Kelly. Gripping, moving, impossible to put down and fiendishly readable, fascinating but wears its meticulous research so lightly, just awesome. She's done it again. — Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request
I loved STONE MOTHERS... Manages brilliantly to be at once sharp and gentle, cruel and compassionate. Kelly really does just keep getting better and better. — Julia Crouch, author of Her Husband's Lover
It is rare when exquisite plotting and damn fine writing come together, but Erin does it every time, seamlessly. STONE MOTHERS is an absorbing, humane and intriguing story that will have readers enthralled. — Liz Nugent, author of Skin Deep
Brilliantly written and so ambitious in terms of plotting and atmosphere... the perfect storm of a crime novel. — Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies
Absolutely brilliant! Well crafted, twisty and beautifully written. — Jenny Blackhurst
Kelly's ingenious, smart, engrossing books fill me with joy. Her twisted understanding of human nature is second to none. — Alex Marwood, author of The Darkest Secret
Erin Kelly is on sparkling storytelling form in a tale as dark and labyrinthine as the corridors of the crumbling Victorian asylum at its heart. As well as a creepy mystery she creates a razor-sharp evocation of growing up in small town 1980s Suffolk - and how you can never escape the past. — Anya Lipska
Dickensian in scope and atmosphere, superbly researched and absolutely gripping. — Sinead Crowley
STONE MOTHERS is a compelling, disturbing story, and beautifully written - as we have come to expect from Erin Kelly. — Rachel Abbott, author of Come A Little Closer
Expertly plotted and full of rich detail and unforgettable characters. I couldn't speed through Erin Kelly's complex and twisted tale to its heart-stopping ending fast enough. I was hooked from page one and I had only one unanswered question: How does Erin do it?! — Janet Ellis
A powerful and moving story. — C.L. Taylor
A powerful and affecting psychological thriller — Heat
Erin Kelly is one of the most gifted writers of psychological suspense working today. STONE MOTHERS is an accomplished, layered and compelling novel of guilt, betrayal and thwarted love by a writer at the top of her game. — Mel McGrath, author of Give Me the Child
A fabulously twisty and satisfying story with amazing characterisation. — Julie Cohen
Utterly engaging, terrifying, and unputdownable, this novel will haunt readers. — Booklist
A darkly fascinating, beautifully written tale which had me completely gripped from beginning to end. — Mike Gayle
Intriguing and plainly irresistible. Paced perfectly, masterful in its execution, it demands to be devoured until the final words are read. The twists are clever, the language beautiful. Such a treat. — Alexandra Burt, author of The Good Daughter
Dark, twisty and addictive. — Clare Pooley
Lyrical prose, with intrigue in every page. Kelly has done it again! — LV Hay
Erin Kelly skilfully leads you into a dark, atmospheric story and just when you think you know where it's going, she pulls the rug out under your feet, again and again and again. — Michelle Frances
Wonderfully written, beautifully-realised characters and a plot so clever I gasped out loud. — Gillian McAllister, author of No Further Questions
Another superb book from Erin Kelly. She is a true master of the character-driven thriller. — Helen Fitzgerald
If you want to be pulled into a book that will hold your attention, you need to read STONE MOTHERS. Suspenseful, as well as unexpected, you will not be able to put this book down. — Reader's Digest
A dark tale cleverly formed... A layered read with a twisting plot that gains momentum from its splintered perspectives — The Herald
A thriller full of twists that is sure to keep you reading past your bedtime. — Harrow Times
A brooding, slow burning psychological thriller, with real depth and emotional punch — Best Magazine
This powerful and affecting psychological thriller centres on how the lives of three people are forever changed by one criminal act. But it also reminds us how, just a few decades ago, women's lives were not their own - and, in some places, still aren't. — Heat
Beautifully written, subtly impactful psychological thriller. — Sunday Mirror
The story of how a covered-up murder will never lie quietly and a terrifying indictment of how the mentally ill were once treated... a genuinely surprising twist that turns assumptions neatly on their heads. — Observer
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