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Stone Mothers

Stone Mothers

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

‘A genuinely surprising twist that turns assumptions neatly on their heads.’ Observer

‘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

‘Crime fiction at its most ingenious’ Sunday Express

‘Beautifully written, subtly impactful’ Sunday Mirror

‘A powerful and affecting psychological thriller’ Heat

‘A brooding, slow burning psychological thriller, with real depth and emotional punch’ Best Magazine

‘From the twist on the first page to the final gasp, this is a dazzling psychological thriller’ Grazia
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 4th April 2019

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781444797312

Reviews

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
Another superb book from Erin Kelly. She is a true master of the character-driven thriller.
Helen Fitzgerald
A powerful and affecting psychological thriller
Heat
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
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
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 <i>Now You See Her</i>
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 <i>The Lingering</i>
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 <i>The Good Daughter</i>
Powerful, evocative and heartbreaking. Erin Kelly's masterful prose conjures up such a strong sense of place that Nazareth Hospital becomes a character in this tangled web of secrets. The book burns with the injustice of how women were incarcerated in mental asylums simply for failing to comply with the social norms of the day
Linda Green
Crime fiction at its most ingenious and gripping - and its wisest.
Sunday Express
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
Dark, twisty and addictive.
Clare Pooley
With some uncomfortable truths about class divisions and how we care for those with mental health issues, Stone Mothers is atmospheric and poignant.
Guardian
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
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
A gripping thriller which is impossible to put down, culminating in a heart-stopping final showdown
Daily Express
Dickensian in scope and atmosphere, superbly researched and absolutely gripping.
Sinead Crowley
Powerful, evocative and heartbreaking. Erin Kelly's masterful prose conjures up such a strong sense of place that Nazareth Hospital becomes a character in this tangled web of secrets. The book burns with the injustice of how women were incarcerated in mental asylums simply for failing to comply with the social norms of the day
Linda Green
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 <i>The Woman in the Window</i>
STONE MOTHERS is a clever, nuanced psychological thriller from one of the best writers in the genre. Properly chilling, you'll be gripped.
Red
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 darkly fascinating, beautifully written tale which had me completely gripped from beginning to end.
Mike Gayle
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
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 <i>False Witness</i>
The incomparable Erin Kelly has written another captivating, cleverly constructed contemporary novel.
Paula Hawkins, author of <i>The Girl on the Train</i>
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
A thriller full of twists that is sure to keep you reading past your bedtime.
Harrow Times
A dark, emotional must-read
Woman's Own
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 <i>Skin Deep</i>
The plot is so CLEVER, the characterisation weep-makingly wise, and the writing is perfection. It is great.
Marian Keyes, author of <i>The Break</i>
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 <i>The Girl in the Red Coat</i>
Kelly's ingenious, smart, engrossing books fill me with joy. Her twisted understanding of human nature is second to none.
Alex Marwood, author of <i>The Darkest Secret</i>
From the twist on the first page to the final gasp, this is a dazzling psychological thriller.
Grazia
Brilliantly written and so ambitious in terms of plotting and atmosphere... the perfect storm of a crime novel.
Caz Frear, author of <i>Sweet Little Lies</i>
STONE MOTHERS is a compelling, disturbing story, and beautifully written - as we have come to expect from Erin Kelly.
Rachel Abbott, author of <i>Come A Little Closer</i>
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
The fantastically taut, compelling plot, brooding atmosphere and fast pace make it a winner.
Good Housekeeping
Absolutely brilliant! Well crafted, twisty and beautifully written.
Jenny Blackhurst
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 <i>White Lies</i>
Atmospheric, compelling and worryingly apposite. This is powerful storytelling for the times we're in.
Tammy Cohen
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 <i>Give Me the Child</i>
Wonderfully written, beautifully-realised characters and a plot so clever I gasped out loud.
Gillian McAllister, author of <i>No Further Questions</i>
A fabulously twisty and satisfying story with amazing characterisation.
Julie Cohen
A dark tale cleverly formed... A layered read with a twisting plot that gains momentum from its splintered perspectives
The Herald
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
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
Lyrical prose, with intrigue in every page. Kelly has done it again!
LV Hay
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
Gripping, atmospheric thriller.
Daily Mirror
Utterly engaging, terrifying, and unputdownable, this novel will haunt readers.
Booklist
Doubly excellent - truly fine psychological suspense, and plenty to think about, too, when your pulse has returned to normal.
Lee Child, <i>Sunday Times</i> bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
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 <i>Her Husband's Lover</i>
A powerful and moving story.
C.L. Taylor
Full of sentences that are so good I want to write them down and pin them to the wall.
Mark Edwards, author of <i>In Her Shadow</i>
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 <i>Friend Request</i>
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
A great read... another twisty, layered, nuanced story, filled with complexity and shadows.
Ruth Ware, author of <i>The Death of Mrs Westaway</i>
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
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 <i>The Binding</i>
Beautifully written, subtly impactful psychological thriller.
Sunday Mirror

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