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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Reviews

“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