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- Marian Keyes

- Lucy Dawson

"Gripping, twisting, furiously clever"
- Ruth Ware

"As twisty and dangerous as a 400-page long rattlesnke"
- William Ryan

"THIS is the book I wish I'd written"
- Clare Mackintosh

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The Ties that Bind

The Ties that Bind

Could a soul, once sold, truly be redeemed?

Luke is a true crime writer in search of a story. When he flees to Brighton after an explosive break-up, the perfect subject lands in his lap: reformed gangster Joss Grand. Now in his eighties, Grand once ruled the Brighton underworld with his sadistic sidekick Jacky Nye - until Jacky washed up by the West Pier in 1968, strangled and thrown into the sea. Though Grand's alibi seems cast-iron, Luke is sure there's more to the story than meets the eye, and he convinces the criminal-turned-philanthropist to be interviewed for a book about his life.

Luke is drawn deeper into the mystery of Jacky Nye's murder. Was Grand there that night? Is he really as reformed a character as he claims? And who was the girl in the red coat seen fleeing the murder scene? Soon Luke realises that in stirring up secrets from the past, he may have placed himself in terrible danger.

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"An elegantly plotted, convincing and beautifully written thriller."
- Sunday Mirror

"Erin Kelly’s fourth novel sees her develop her already impressive crime writing skills as she moves away from the domestic thriller to a tale of thuggery in Sixties Brighton. Full of well-drawn characters and heart-stopping moments... deeply satisfying."
- Sunday Express

"Flitting between present and past, the story is particularly affecting in its atmospheric re-creation of Brighton’s historical criminal underworld. Equally gripping, however, is the paranoid Luke’s slide into moral relativism, as he increasingly aligns himself with malign forces."
- Irish Times

"A gripping story... prepare to be gripped."
- Fabulous

"Another tension-filled mystery filled with compelling characters and plot twists ."
- Bella

"A gripping story... the reader becomes engrossed."
- Irish Tatler

"This is a tightly written thriller that keeps the pressure full on to the end."
- Buzz Magazine

"Intelligent and gripping thriller about the past and the way it shapes us."
- Catholic Herald

"Kelly weaves a masterful web of intrigue, lies and divided loyalties. Her psychological insight and taut plot create a satisfying thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end."
- Press Association

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Broadchurch: The Novel

Broadchurch: The Novel

Inspired by the first season of the BAFTA award-winning ITV series, this is the official, unmissable Broadchurch novel. Incredibly moving and containing never-before-seen material, it takes you inside the minds and motivations of the unforgettable cast of characters.

It's a hot July morning in the Dorset town of Broadchurch when Beth Latimer realises that her eleven-year-old son, Danny, is missing. As Beth searches desperately for her boy, her best friend, local police officer DS Ellie Miller, arrives at work to find that the promotion she was promised has been given to disreputable Scottish outsider DI Alec Hardy.

When Danny's body is found on the beach Ellie must put her feelings aside as she works with DI Hardy to solve the mystery of Danny's death. As the case becomes a murder investigation the news hits the national press, jolting sleepy Broadchurch into the national spotlight.

As the town's secrets begin to unravel, members of this tight-knit community begin to consider those in their midst. Right now it's impossible to know who to trust...

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"Kelly's novelisation of the eponymous British TV series, works as both a classic puzzle and an unnerving portrait of a little English town wracked by a young boy's murder... Kelly folds a loving portrait of rural Dorset and a well-made whodunit into a painstaking account of the grief and unimaginable pain that follow in the wake of one child's murder."
- Kirkus Starred Review

"The narrative allows for an insight into the mindset of the characters - from the baffled detectives to the raw despair of the parents...a crackingly well-constructed crime story, with a wonderfully shocking conclusion."
- Sunday Mirror

"Loved the ITV series? They you'll adore this clever read from psychological-thriller queen Erin. While a book based on a TV show shouldn't work, this really does...the big reveal still gives you a massive kick in the gut."
- The Sun

"This is the author's own take on the story, with even more atmosphere, emotion and twists than the TV original."
- Essentials Magazine

"With the addition of new material never seen on screen, Kelly takes a fresh perspective on the murder investigation, particularly the breakdown of a close-knit community. Whether you've seen the series or not, this is definitely worth your time."
- Bella Magazine

"If you found the TV series of the same name compulsive viewing then you'll welcome this novelised version of the script. The added bonus of the format is that the story takes you inside the minds and motivations of the characters."
- Daily Express

"Even if you knew whodunit, there are lots of fresh twists for fans of the series."
- Good Housekeeping

"Retains all of its emotional power and gut-wrenching intensity and brought a tear to the eye. Whether you hid under a rock last year and knew nothing of it, or whether you wish to relive the drama, we cannot recommend the novel highly enough."
- Cultbox

"Kelly takes ownership of this novelisation by exploring characters' relationships and unvoiced emotions; she's masterful at weaving unbreakable connections between characters, and then tainting them with fear, guilt, and suspicion...a must-read for followers of character-driven police procedurals like those of Elizabeth George, Denise Mina and Tana French."
- Booklist

"Kelly has completely captured the rolling tension, cinematic detail and superlative characterisation of the [TV] programme...and even if you are new to the story, you will be instantly mesmerised...Original viewers of Broadchurch will quickly identify the little twists and new details added to the novelisation - a neat touch that enhances the story even further. Whether or not you were a fan of the TV show, this is one crime book that does not disappoint."

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The Burning Air

The Burning Air

Of course it was love for my children, love for my son, that caused me to act as I did. It was a lapse of judgement. If I could have foreseen the rippling aftershocks that followed I would have acted differently, but by the time I realised the extent of the consequences, it was too late.

The MacBrides have always gone to Far Barn in Devon for Bonfire Night, but this year everything is different. Lydia, the matriarch, is dead; Sophie, the eldest daughter, is desperately trying to repair a crumbling marriage; and Felix, the youngest of the family, has brought a girlfriend with him for the first time. The girl, Kerry, seems odd in a way nobody can quite put their finger on - but when they leave her looking after Sophie's baby daughter, and return to find both Kerry and the baby gone, they are forced to ask themselves if they have allowed a cuckoo into their nest...

Gripping and chilling, with a killer twist, THE BURNING AIR reaffirms Erin Kelly as one of Britain's foremost psychological thriller writers.

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"Kelly's most accomplished book to date is a gripping tale of secrets, revenge and obsession, masterfully done."
- The Guardian

"GEORGE Orwell pointed out that the British love reading about crime and are fascinated by class. Erin Kelly takes both these elements and spins them into this gripping psychological thriller. The Burning Air is a classic of the genre and puts Kelly firmly into the same league as Ruth Rendell writing under her Barbara Vine pseudonym; both women showing a great gift for characterisation and a mastery of understanding human nature’s twisted desires.

Erin Kelly puts a satisfying contemporary spin on her genre, showing a sympathy for all her characters, even the supposed "baddies", and a love of a moral dilemma which could happen to any one of us. It is this realism, a hand-grenade thrown into uneventful and supposedly comfortable lives, which makes The Burning Air such an involving read."
- Sunday Express

"An author in total command of the tensions within dysfunctional families… Gripping all the way."
- Marcel Berlins, The Times

"Creepy and claustrophobic."
- Sunday Mirror

"A tense family drama that demands to be read in one sitting."
- Daily Record

"A masterfully plotted dark tale of how a small injustice can have devastating consequences. I devoured it in one sitting."
- Irish Independent

"Written with empathy, psychological insight and a real feel for the menace and conflict at the heart of families, it’s a superior example of its genre."
- Big Issue

"Very cleverly written and full of unexpected twists as the tension keeps being ratcheted up another notch before the big reveal at the end…. Deeply enjoyable but deeply unsettling: the perfect mixture for a psychological thriller!"
- The Sun - Fabulous blog

"An absorbing thriller."
- Choice magazine

"If you were glued to ITV's recent psychological drama The Poison Tree, get your nose in the author’s latest spine-chiller, pronto… Family politics mixed with revenge make for a super-spooky read."

"The Burning Air is a clever, creepy exploration of the deceit hidden even within the most apparently loving of families and the very fine line between justice and revenge. Erin Kelly is brilliant at showing the relentlessness of obsession and the evil that can be done in the name of love."
- Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into The Darkest Corner

"Kelly excels at thrillers set in middle-England idylls, that sidestep the clichéd and the cosy to go for the jugular. [The Burning Air] sees her reach another level."
- Independent on Sunday

"Heart-pounding and page-turning... You won’t be able to get anything else done until you’ve finished it...completely compelling: just take the phone off the hook and cancel any plans you might have."
- HEAT (5 stars)

"Erin Kelly masterminds her most psychological thriller yet… has a twist so shocking you’ll need a lie down."

"It’s not often I read a book where the twist is so surprising, I have to go back and work out how I missed it, but that’s what happened here... Brilliant and heart-stopping."

"Her new book is every bit as dark and intriguing as her previous novels."

"Erin Kelly is a seriously good writer, and this gripping novel is her best yet. I really loved it - couldn't put it down!"
- Sophie Hannah

"In a strong field, Kelly is among the strongest. Her formidable control of plot twist and character keep you gripped, unsure of the outcome, until the bitter end."
- Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls

"It's all extremely clever… The writing is exemplary… The twists are scattered throughout… The author can manipulate mood and, indeed, expectations and assumptions as we realise that we've been filling in gaps ourselves…If this was a film, it would be an Alfred Hitchcock great."


"Everything you want from a psychological thriller - elegant writing, clever plotting, shocking twists and a looming sense of menace… Erin Kelly just gets better and better with every book!"
- Good Housekeeping

"Tension-filled... Skillfully drawn characters and masterful building of suspense, which reaches a literally searing climax, will leave... readers well satisfied."
- Publishers Weekly

"An atmospheric setting and an absolutely genius twist… Nothing is as it seems in this tense domestic drama, as fresh revelations uncover a maze of interconnected secrets."
- Marie Claire

"You'll be transfixed as you uncover the truth in this unputdownable novel."
- Easy Living

"Full of can’t-bear-to-look intensity, this is a great, taut read."
- Red Magazine (Book of the Month)

"Her creepiest and classiest yet... witty and unnerving."
- Elle

"Suspenseful and clever, this book, Erin Kelly’s third, is her best so far."
- Literary Review

"Erin Kelly has produced another excellent psychological thriller in THE BURNING AIR. Dark, chilling and with nail biting twists, I read deep into the night, unable to put it down. From start to finish, I was gripped...A must-read for all fans of the psychological thriller"
- New Books Magazine

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The Poison Tree

The Poison Tree

It is London in the sweltering summer of 1997. Karen is a strait-laced, straight-A university student. When she meets the impossibly glamorous Biba, a bohemian orphan who lives in a crumbling mansion in Highgate with her enigmatic brother Rex, she is soon drawn into their world. As the summer progresses, Karen becomes tangled up in their tragic family history and the idyll turns into a nightmare, culminating in murder.

A decade later, Karen collects Rex from prison. Together with their nine-year-old daughter Alice, they try to settle into family life. While Rex has served his time, Karen keeps dark secrets that mean she has her own life sentence to serve. What happened that summer casts a terrifying shadow over her future. Will the past catch up with her?

The Poison Tree was a major ITV drama starring MyAnna Buring, Matthew Goode and Ophelia Lovibond. It was a Richard & Judy Summer Read in 2011, and was longlisted for the 2011 CWA John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger Award. The novel has been translated into eleven languages.

It is published in hardback, paperback and ebook by Hodder & Stoughton, and is also available as an audiobook.

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"A terrific suspense debut, reminiscent of another British woman's auspicious bow: Daphne DuMaurier's REBECCA. The shadows gather until the ending looms like a threatening figure. This one gets the writer's ultimate bit of praise: I wish I had written it."
- Stephen King

"A beautifully crafted, evocative psychological thriller...A dark, poetic, gripping, totally brilliant Brideshead Revisited for the 21st century."
- The Times

"An unusually good debut psychological thriller from an author who instinctively knows how to tell a suspense story and whose plotting, characterisation, fluent writing and dark humour should ensure her a successful career."
- Daily Mail

"In her compelling debut, Erin Kelly evokes the brooding atmosphere of Rebecca in a contemporary and completely convincing novel of tangled family desires."
- Sara Paretsky

"The spirit of Daphne Du Maurier hangs heavily over Kelly's debut novel, from the gloomy old Highgate house where the heroine is lured to the unnerving, claustrophobic denouement. A taut chamber-piece of psychological suspense."
- Financial Times

"A wonderfully tense and foreboding thriller that is at the same time a clever, considered study of desire and a good old-fashioned page-turner."
- Psychologies

Ingeniously plotted and masterfully told, THE POISON TREE is an outstanding debut from Erin Kelly. A spellbinding tale of murder, guilt, and obsession, it will hold readers in suspense from the first sentence until the final shocking twist.
- Stefanie Pintoff, Edgar-award winning author of In the Shadow of Gotham and A Curtain Falls

"An elegant and sophisticated writer, great on sense of place."
- Sophie Hannah

"Spooky... I absolutely loved it."
- Alex Heminsley, BBC 6music

"The dark world of the psychological thriller has a bright new voice."
- Daily Mirror

"A gripping debut, this thriller has a creeping sense of unease."
- Bella

"Terrifically vivid, beautifully written."

The Poison Tree will seep into your very soul. There is a brooding sense of impending doom and imminent danger in British author Erin Kelly's debut novel, The Poison Tree. Its moody atmospherics will appeal to fans of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and Donna Tartt's The Secret History. The explosive ending, its revelations about the threesome and the lengths to which people will go to preserve or take what's theirs, makes The Poison Tree a rich and satisfying pleasure."
- USA Today

"Tense and menacing right from page one, filled with foreboding and a terrible sense of the inevitable, Kelly builds a feeling of claustrophobia and of seemingly ordinary people driven to do extraordinary things. It's a gripping psychological thrill...and I expect the author to go far."
- Bookseller

"A really great read."
- Good Housekeeping

"Tense to the end."
- Woman & Home

" won't put it down."
- Look

"An enjoyable excursion into territory first colonised by Barbara Vine."
- Literary Review

"With forensic attention to detail, this mystery is all-consumingly addictive."
- Easy Living

"A tense, twisting thriller...Atmospheric and gripping, it will keep you guessing the the end."
- Cosmopolitan

"A psychological thriller that will give you chills."
- Red

"A brilliant new voice in crime fiction... Kelly expertly builds up the suspense... For a debut, The Poison Tree is extremely accomplished - Kelly creates an atmosphere as claustrophobic as a summer commute, which permeates the narrative and keeps the reader hooked."
- Stylist

Brilliant! THE POISON TREE grabs you with the first sentence and doesn't let go — even after the last page; this is the sort of thriller that stays with you for a long, long time. Compelling and lyrically stylish, THE POISON TREE is a true winner!
- Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Edge and The Burning Wire

"Intoxicating...Kelly gives readers a compelling creeper that intelligently invokes the conventions of the Gothic [and] offers the twisted pleasures of vengeance within its eerie narrative."
- Washington Post

"[An] intriguing and well-written mystery."
- Washington Times

"Weaving tangled webs, this is a gripping psychological thriller with believable characters and a fine sense of time and place. It will keep you intrigued from the menacing prologue to the defiant ending."
- Choice

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The Sick Rose

The Sick Rose

Paul has been led into a life of crime by his schoolyard protector, Daniel – but one night, what started as petty theft escalates fatally. Now, at nineteen, Paul must bear witness against his friend to avoid prison.

Louisa has her own dark secrets. Having fled from them many years ago, she now spends her days steeped in history, renovating the grounds of a crumbling Elizabethan garden. Her fragile peace is shattered when she meets Paul; he's the spitting image of the one person she never thought she'd see again.

A relationship develops between these two scarred people, and Louisa starts to believe she can again find the happiness she had given up on... but neither of them can outrun their violent pasts.

A story of secrets and guilt, The Sick Rose explores the extremes of obsessive love and loyalty, devotion and desperation.

The Sick Rose is the second novel by Erin Kelly and is published in hardback, ebook by Hodder & Stoughton, with the paperback version coming in March 2012. It is also available as an audiobook. The dramatic rights to The Sick Rose have been sold to ITV.

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"Erin Kelly's debut The Poison Tree was a fine psychological thriller; The Sick Rose confirms that promise... a first-class suspense novel."
- Mail on Sunday

Erin Kelly's first thriller, The Poison Tree, was widely praised, with some reviewers comparing her work to Daphne du Maurier. Her second, The Sick Rose, is nearer in sprit to Ruth Rendell's work. It's an elaborate narrative structure, but Kelly manages it with panache…this is an enormously readable novel and there is no denying Erin Kelly's talent. She's an author to watch.
- The Spectator

"A brooding story and a real "can't put it down" mystery.... just as dark as any of the Scandinavian noir novels. This sick rose has got the grip of bindweed."
- The Independent

"Kelly's first novel, The Poison Tree, earned her comparisons with Ruth Rendell and on the evidence of this second psychologically complex thriller, the accolade is entirely deserved. Like Rendell, Kelly is an expert in suburban macabre, relishing in the kind of domestic scenes we all recognise but giving them a satisfyingly chilly twist."
- Psychologies

"Only if Gardeners’ Question Time were to broadcast an edition from Twin Peaks could you have as many horticulturists with dark secrets gathered in one place as you do here. Workers in a heritage garden bond over their dark pasts and, as in The Poison Tree, her debut of last year, Kelly writes perceptively and chillingly about the long shadows cast by tragic mistakes."
- The Daily Telegraph

"A stunning look at human desperation, loyalty, and absolute terror...takes the reader on a monumental ride. First-class writing that is absolutely captivating."
- Suspense Magazine

"Everything we love in a thriller – obsessive passion, haunting secrets, a shocking ending – is here...creepily atmospheric."
- O Magazine

"A maelstrom of nimble prose, intricate character development, and gut-wrenching plot twists. Kelly spins an intricate web through 20 years, from London to Essex to Kelstice. She reveals just enough to lay it out clearly while maintaining suspense. It’s thrilling to the very end. Even the epilogue leaves readers gasping for more."
- The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA

"A tense and twisting novel of dark secrets and dangerous desires."
- Grazia

"This claustrophobic psychological thriller is the second novel from the author of the brilliant The Poison Tree. Just as good as her debut, it marks Kelly out as a formidable talent."

"More creepy crime with plenty of psychological insight from rising star Erin Kelly."
- Daily Mirror

"Creepy and thought-provoking... even better than the first novel."
- The Sun

"Erin Kelly manages the complicated strands of her plot with great skill, mixes action, emotion and history in exactly the right proportion and keeps up the suspense to the last page. It's unusual for a second novel to be even better than the first but Kelly has pulled off that difficult trick."
- Literary Review

"A compelling second novel from masterful storyteller Erin Kelly."
- Good Housekeeping

"Thumbs up to... this leave-the-light-on thriller."
- Look

"Kelly follows up her outstanding debut (The Poison Tree, 2010) with another suspenseful tale that keeps the reader on edge until the last page. A bad end seems inevitable, but there is considerable tension as it approaches. Reminiscent of early Ruth Rendell, Kelly is a master at teasing her readers by doling out just enough backstory, a little bit at a time, to keep the suspense high."
- Booklist

"British author Erin Kelly follows her powerful debut with another stunning novel of psychological suspense. The title, which alludes to the way a new rose won’t bloom where an old one has died, perfectly evokes the story’s theme: unhealed damage inevitably stunts fresh growth. With its rich intertwining of viewpoints and time frames, its subtle nuances of character and class, its sustained suspense and its gothic/ contemporary fusion, this harrowing novel is a work of true talent."
- Publishers Weekly

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