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.
Absolutely brilliant! Well crafted, twisty and beautifully written.
Wonderfully written, beautifully-realised characters and a plot so clever I gasped out loud.
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.
Kelly's ingenious, smart, engrossing books fill me with joy. Her twisted understanding of human nature is second to none.
A gripping thriller which is impossible to put down, culminating in a heart-stopping final showdown
The plot is so CLEVER, the characterisation weep-makingly wise, and the writing is perfection. It is great.
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.
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.
A powerful and moving story.
Brilliantly written and so ambitious in terms of plotting and atmosphere... the perfect storm of a crime novel.
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.
STONE MOTHERS is a compelling, disturbing story, and beautifully written - as we have come to expect from Erin Kelly.
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.
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.
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.
Dickensian in scope and atmosphere, superbly researched and absolutely gripping.
Crime fiction at its most ingenious and gripping - and its wisest.
A powerful and affecting psychological thriller
Atmospheric, compelling and worryingly apposite. This is powerful storytelling for the times we're in.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
Lyrical prose, with intrigue in every page. Kelly has done it again!
Another superb book from Erin Kelly. She is a true master of the character-driven thriller.
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.
STONE MOTHERS is a clever, nuanced psychological thriller from one of the best writers in the genre. Properly chilling, you'll be gripped.
Beautifully written, subtly impactful psychological thriller.
A thriller full of twists that is sure to keep you reading past your bedtime.
A fabulously twisty and satisfying story with amazing characterisation.
The fantastically taut, compelling plot, brooding atmosphere and fast pace make it a winner.
From the twist on the first page to the final gasp, this is a dazzling psychological thriller.
Utterly engaging, terrifying, and unputdownable, this novel will haunt readers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A dark, emotional must-read
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.
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.
Doubly excellent - truly fine psychological suspense, and plenty to think about, too, when your pulse has returned to normal.
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.
Gripping, atmospheric thriller.
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.
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.
An atmospheric tale of buried truths and the devastating consequences, I was fascinated and horrified in equal measure. Another triumph from Erin Kelly.
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.
Dark, twisty and addictive.
A dark tale cleverly formed... A layered read with a twisting plot that gains momentum from its splintered perspectives
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.
A great read... another twisty, layered, nuanced story, filled with complexity and shadows.
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.
The incomparable Erin Kelly has written another captivating, cleverly constructed contemporary novel.
A darkly fascinating, beautifully written tale which had me completely gripped from beginning to end.
With some uncomfortable truths about class divisions and how we care for those with mental health issues, Stone Mothers is atmospheric and poignant.
Full of sentences that are so good I want to write them down and pin them to the wall.
A brooding, slow burning psychological thriller, with real depth and emotional punch