The exceptional new crime novel from Belinda Bauer, the award-winning author of Rubbernecker.
EVERY KILLER HAS TO START SOMEWHERE . . .
FROM THE CRIME WRITER LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
'Bauer's great gift is her ability to surprise the reader . . . She makes you think a bit differently about the world' Daily Telegraph
On the beaches and cliffs of North Devon, young women have become victims in a terrifying game where only one player knows the rules. And when those rules change, the new game is Murder.
But a madman on the loose feels very far from the crumbling, seaside home of ten-year-old Ruby Trick. Instead she lives in constant fear of school bullies, the dark forest, and the threat of her parents' divorce.
Helping her father to catch the killer seems like the only way to keep him close.
As long as the killer doesn’t catch her first.
“Bauer at her best . . . the true heir to the great Ruth Rendell”
Mail on Sunday
“A new Belinda Bauer always goes straight to the top of my to-be-read pile. She's the most interesting crime writer in England today”
“Belinda Bauer's thrillers are always compelling, always original, always brilliant. I will rush to read anything she writes”
“Belinda Bauer is one of the best British crime writers out there right now”
“She writes so beautifully, plots so cleverly and exhibits a razor-sharp understanding of people and places”
“This gripping, unsettling tale blends a murder mystery with a blackly comic look at the gradual erosion of 'normal' family life. You won't want to put it down”
“Lingers in the mind like an unwelcome guest, albeit one with a dark sense of humour . . . powerful, compelling reading”
“Our most inventive crime writer.”
“One of the most startling plots in contemporary crime fiction”
“Breathtaking. I read this and wished I’d written it”
“Taking the psychological thriller into new territory”
“Gripping and original”