Stone Mothers

Marianne was seventeen when she fled her home, her boyfriend Jesse and the body they buried.

Now, forced to return, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving, is finally threatening to expose the truth.

Marianne will do anything to protect the life she’s built: the husband and daughter who must never know. Even if it means turning to her worst enemy…

But Marianne may not know the whole story – and she isn’t the only one with secrets they would kill to keep.

Moving backwards through time to reveal twists you won’t see coming, Stone Mothers is the stunning new psychological thriller from Erin Kelly.

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Reviews

Here’s what other authors are saying about Stone Mothers.

“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

“The incomparable Erin Kelly has written another captivating, cleverly constructed contemporary novel.”
Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

Doubly excellent – truly fine psychological suspense, and plenty to think about, too, when your pulse has returned to normal.”
Lee Child, Sunday Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

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 The Binding

“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 The Woman in the Window

“The plot is so CLEVER, the characterisation weep-makingly wise, and the writing is perfection. It is great.”
Marian Keyes, author of The Break

A great read… another twisty, layered, nuanced story, filled with complexity and shadows.”
Ruth Ware, author of The Death of Mrs Westaway

“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 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

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

Atmospheric, compelling and worryingly apposite. This is powerful storytelling for the times we’re in.”
Tammy Cohen

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

“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

“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 The Lingering

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 The Girl in the Red Coat

“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 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

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 White Lies

“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

“Full of sentences that are so good I want to write them down and pin them to the wall.”
Mark Edwards, author of In Her Shadow

“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

“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 False Witness

“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 Now You See Her

“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 Friend Request

“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 Her Husband’s Lover

“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 Skin Deep

“Brilliantly written and so ambitious in terms of plotting and atmosphere… the perfect storm of a crime novel.”
Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies

Absolutely brilliant! Well crafted, twisty and beautifully written.”
Jenny Blackhurst

“Kelly’s ingenious, smart, engrossing books fill me with joy. Her twisted understanding of human nature is second to none.”
Alex Marwood, author of The Darkest Secret

“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

“Dickensian in scope and atmosphere, superbly researched and absolutely gripping.”
Sinead Crowley

“STONE MOTHERS is a compelling, disturbing story, and beautifully written – as we have come to expect from Erin Kelly.”
Rachel Abbott, author of Come A Little Closer

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

“A powerful and moving story.”
C.L. Taylor

“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 Give Me the Child

A fabulously twisty and satisfying story with amazing characterisation.”
Julie Cohen

Utterly engaging, terrifying, and unputdownable, this novel will haunt readers.”
Booklist

“A darkly fascinating, beautifully written tale which had me completely gripped from beginning to end.”
Mike Gayle

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 The Good Daughter