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All the Hidden Truths

All the Hidden Truths

LONGLISTED FOR THE MCILVANNEY PRIZE SCOTTISH CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MCILVANNEY DEBUT PRIZE

(a) meticulous and compelling novel about the aftermath of a major crime and its effect on the affected families and investigating officers both.’ Ian Rankin

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In the aftermath of a tragedy, the world needs an explanation.

In Edinburgh, after the Three Rivers College shooting, some things are clear.

They know who. They know when.

No one can say why.

For three women the lack of answers is unbearable: DI Helen Birch, the detective charged with solving the case. Ishbel, the mother of the first victim, struggling to cope with her grief. And Moira, mother of the killer, who needs to understand what happened to her son.

But as people search for someone to blame, the truth seems to vanish…

From a prizewinning poet, ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS is a searing, compelling and powerful debut.

‘As scarily plausible as it is utterly captivating, this is an absorbing and unforgettable debut.’ Heat

‘Raw, powerful, compassionate and deeply moving, with page-turning tension to the end. A stunning debut.’ Karen Robinson, Sunday Times Crime Club

You’ll be gripped by the unexpected truths that emerge. Compelling.’ Marie Claire
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 9th August 2018

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781473673052

Reviews

This is a gripping debut crime thriller that draws you in with plenty of accurately observed characters and a well-drawn setting. It is the page-turner promised and well worth losing yourself in.
Daily Record
Ian Rankin and the capital's other crime writers are going to have to look to their laurels. There's a new kid in town.
The Scotsman
Splendid debut... thoughtful and well-written.
Guardian
Raw, powerful, compassionate and deeply moving, with page-turning tension to the end. A stunning debut.
Karen Robinson, <i>Sunday Times Crime Club</i>
A novel so shockingly current that it seems to fictionalise the world even as it changes around us.
Shelley Harris, author of <i>Vigilante</i>
Really excellent - totally gripping... very realistic. One to look out for
Sophie Cameron, author of <i>Out Of The Blue</i>
A gripping, thought provoking and ultimately uplifting crime debut. I love that this book, which focusses on a crime against women, is itself about women and not the man that committed the crime. A story of how, when something terrible happens, you might start to pick up some of the tiny little pieces of your life and try to find a way through. The story, the characters and the city are all vivid and utterly alive and they left me feeling angry and full of adrenaline and love.
Lucy Ayrton, author of <i>One More Chance</i>
As scarily plausible as it is utterly captivating, this is an absorbing and unforgettable debut.
Heat
Emotionally engrossing, morally challenging, horribly topical
Tammy Cohen
ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS is a marvel... Absorbing and suspenseful, it's a thought-provoking debut novel
The Skinny
Stunning debut... compellingly written.
Daily Mail
Moving and memorable.
The Sunday Times
Gripping
Grazia
A fantastic read.
Cara Hunter
An intricate, pacy, risky and intriguing novel.
Jenn Ashworth
A searing, heart-breaking thriller.
The Herald, Scotland
You'll be gripped by the unexpected truths that emerge. Compelling.
Marie Claire
This is a gripping debut crime thriller that draws you in with plenty of accurately-observed characters and a well-drawn setting. It is the page-turner promised and well worth losing yourself in.
South Wales Echo
UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton touts ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS as its lead crime debut of the year, and it's not just hype.
Toronto Star
There's so much to enjoy about this compelling debut. The three different viewpoints really pulled me in to the story, and got me thinking about the nature of victimhood as well as collective social responsibility. This is a timely, relevant, and thought-provoking novel.
Sarah Franklin, author of <i>Shelter</i>
This is a such a clever, brave book. Askew looks unflinchingly at the unimaginable, but her writing is wrought with compassion. It's as heart-rending as it is gripping.
Sabine Durrant, author of <i>Lie With Me</i>
This novel will no doubt be a summer hit.
North London Local Magazine
A well-written investigation of individual and collective responsibility.
Guardian
Claire Askew takes us away from the obvious plot and asks us tantalising questions... the three women... form an absorbing psychological trio for Askew's thought-provoking, upsetting entry into crime fiction.
The Times
...it deserves every accolade. This psychological suspense story is one of the best books of the year...Askew is a writer on the rise.
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Gripping, heartbreaking and horrifyingly plausible. I couldn't tear myself away from this book. Claire Askew is a stunning new voice in crime fiction.
Erin Kelly, author of <i>He Said/She Said</i>
When we think about Edinburgh crime our thoughts turn to Ian Rankin and Val McDermid. Claire Askew could be up there with them.
The Bookbag
Damn, this is a good book... a debut of such power, and of such verve.
SHOTS
(a) meticulous and compelling novel about the aftermath of a major crime and its effect on the affected families and investigating officers both.
Ian Rankin
(a) Fine, thought-provoking debut
Mail on Sunday
Claire Askew brought us a new kind of crime story in 2018. ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS is a taut and thoughtful look at toxic masculinity, public tragedy and the women left picking up the pieces.
The List