Sarah Pinborough is a successful, critically acclaimed novelist and screenw riter. She has written a YA trilogy, The Now here Chronicles, under the pen name Sarah Silverwood; she has written for the BBC series NEW TRICKS; her The Dog-Faced Gods trilogy has been optioned for a television series and she has a horror film, CRACKED, currently in development. She has also turned her pen to short stories and novellas, winning the BRITISH FANTASY AW ARD for Best Short Story in 2009 and the BRITISH FANTASY AWARD for Best Novella in 2010 (for The Language of the Dying). She lives in London, and is a full time writer.
Author photo © Lou Abercrombie
SOMEONE IS LIVING A LIE... BUT WHO? Is it Lisa? Haunted by a tragic past, all Lisa wants is a quiet life with her daughter, Ava. And when she meets a new man, things seem to be falling into place. But Lisa is hiding a secret so momentous it could shatter her entire world... Is it Ava? When sixteen-year-old Ava saves a young boy's life, she becomes a local hero. But never in a million years could she have anticipated the fallout of her actions... Is it Marilyn? Marilyn has the perfect life. Her husband, her job, her house-she seems to have it all. But she could never admit to her best friend Lisa the lies she tells herself to get through the day... One moment will change these three women's lives forever. And the secrets they've been keeping could destroy them all.
When you think you're safe, YOU'RE NOT. When you think the past is over, IT ISN'T. When you think you know someone, YOU DON'T. When you think you've guessed this twist, YOU HAVEN'T. One moment will change three women's lives forever.
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Oh my word, this book is devious, twisted, and an absolute knockout! The story, revolving around love, passion, suspicion, and deceit, kept me teetering on a razor sharp wire of uncertainty. Sarah Pinborough’s writing is sublime, it’s shrewd, artful, cunning, and as the story sucked me in, I felt the manipulation of the words warping and writhing as they entered my consciousness. I found myself sitting in stunned silence when I reached the very end, then wanted to jump and down and recommend ‘Behind Her Eyes’ to the world. Start reading just as soon as you can so you too, can experience the deep, dark, dangerous depths of this truly bone-chilling and wonderful novel. Make sure you enter with a clear mind, and try not to get too confident as the story will quite happily trip you up and stamp all over you. Sarah Pinborough, I salute you! ~ Liz Robinson The considerable buzz building around Pinborough's new novel (following the already mightily impressive The Death House and 13 Minutes) is led not only from her respective publishers' camp but also, more importantly, from advance readers, and is fully deserved. This could well become a massive commercial success along the lines of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train and it held me in thrall from beginning to end. The tale of a dark, puzzling and twisted affair that goes horribly wrong for, seemingly, all parties, it's unpredictable, tricky, immediate, gut-gripping and difficult to summarise without giving out any of the shattering spoilers and seduces like no other, with viewpoints changing in front of your eyes as you turn the page, putting all you've read before into question in a most clever way, sowing constant seeds of doubt the moment you begin to identify with one of the characters and sympathise with them. Imaginatively wicked, ingenious, and 'that' ending will leave you open-mouthed. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Highly Recommended. More psychological thriller than strict horror I nevertheless wanted to include this because, primarily, it’s a wonderful book but also because it comes with genuine, if non-supernatural, thrills. This is a tight, claustrophobic and gripping tale centred around a group of teenaged female friends. Pinborough, a one-time teacher, has a deft and exact touch when it comes to depicting the voices, enthusiasms and fears of teenage friendship. And hatred. She’s also adept at using the pervasive nature of social media to power and inform her plotting and draw the tension tight around her story. Natasha is found in a freezing river on the edge of a small town. It quickly becomes clear that she died for 13 minutes. What is less clear is how or why she died. Natasha has no clear memory of how she got in the river but as her friends gather around her in hospital it’s obvious that someone does know. What follows is brilliantly judged, twisting journey into the lies, loves and hatreds that can exist in the pressure cooker of female teenage friendship groups. This is an empathetic novel that touches on bullying and power-plays, on the heightened emotions of youth. Pinborough maintains the tension impeccably to leave you always on the verge of knowing what’s happened but never being quite certain. This is perfect for anyone who enjoys the novels of Gillian Flynn or who loved the film Heathers.
Highly Recommended. This richly adult book weaves together the fairy stories of Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. You will also meet Princes, charming and not so, huntsmen, step-mothers and god-mothers as well as many other people reassuringly real and believable. And that’s what marks this book out. Sarah Pinborough has taken the framework and the trappings of the familiar fairy tales and gently shaken them and twisted them into very 21st century accounts by peopling them with characters who are shaded and conflicted, prey to weakness and vanity, capable of mischief and love. They hate and they cry, but sometimes it’s with laughter at the fun they are having. Fairy Tales are ancient but these are full of men and women who are living and feeling thoughts anyone today could immediately recognise. Which is not to say that that we are in a soap opera all of a sudden. Pinborough writes with delicacy and a sure touch and is able to conjure up moments of real descriptive beauty. She also treats her source material with great respect (while not being averse to put some wonderful twists into the tale). If you like the warm humanity and sharp wit of Joanne Harris and Jeanette Winterson these are fairy tales you can believe in. (Oh, and watch out for the mouse.)
This is fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of ONCE UPON A TIME, GRIMM, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and more. This edition contains 15 original pen and ink illustrations by Les Edwards. You can learn more about Sarah Pinborough at www.sarahpinborough.com, or by following @SarahPinborough on twitter.
POISON is a beautifully illustrated re-telling of the Snow White story which takes all the elements of the classic fairytale that we love (the handsome prince, the jealous queen, the beautiful girl and, of course, the poisoning) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. It's fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of ONCE UPON A TIME, GRIMM, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and more. You can learn more about Sarah Pinborough at www.sarahpinboough.co.uk, or by following @SarahPinborough on twitter.
When a rotting torso is discovered in the vault of New Scotland Yard, it doesn't take Dr Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon, long to realise that there is a second killer at work in the city where, only a few days before, Jack the Ripper brutally murdered two women in one night. Though just as gruesome, this is the hand of a colder killer, one who lacks Jack's emotion. And, as more headless and limbless torsos find their way into the Thames, Dr Bond becomes obsessed with finding the killer. As his investigations lead him into an unholy alliance, he starts to wonder: is it a man who has brought mayhem to the streets of London, or a monster?
Maxim Jakubowski Highly Recommended. A sequel to the outstanding Mayhem, in which Victorian police surgeon Thomas Bond came to grips with Jack the Ripper, this new historical thriller by the prolific Pinborough, who flits with similar ease between dark fairy tales, horror and the fantastic shores of crime, grips like a vice. The bodies of young children are being pulled from the Thames and a deep undertone of unease cloaks the city when Bond, still struggling with his own ghosts, is confronted by yet another nemesis with more than hints of magic and the supernatural. Pinborough writes atmosphere like a bad dream and the story will keep you gripped through gruesome twists and unbearable dread. Nasty and hypnotic, and that’s a compliment.
An effortlessly zesty and playful retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with characters from several other fairy tales making a sneaky appearance. In the form of a novella, this is uncomplicated light reading, apart from a saucy and somewhat sinister few pages that add a deliberate jarring note to proceedings. Adding a modern twist to the traditional “and everyone lived happily ever after”, this is a lively and entertaining read.
The first volume in this relatively new British author’s Dog-Faced Gods trilogy is a revelation. A near future mystery set in a post recession world where financial chaos reigns soon veers uncomfortably into very dark territory indeed as DI Cass pursues a chilling serial killer into the supernatural realm. Has all the narrative depth of multi-stranded TV series like FRINGE or FASTFORWARD with the procedural depth of THE BILL. A fascinating blending of genre elements but it works.
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of 13 Minutes and the writer behind Netflix's Behind Her Eyes comes a heart-breaking, heart-stopping tale of love, life and death which will take your breath away. Toby is a boy who has forgotten how to live. Clara is a girl who was born to die. Toby's life was perfectly normal . . . Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House. Isolated from the outside world the inhabitants of are watched for any signs of a mysterious illness . . . Clara was a girl who had everything. Adored by her friends and her family, her life was destined for greatness. Now, Clara is the newest resident of the Death House and she's determined not to allow her life to end there. This is Toby and Clara's story. Sarah Pinborough is the SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING author of BEHIND HER EYES, now a hit Netflix mini series. You can learn more about Sarah Pinborough at www.sarahpinborough.com, or by following @SarahPinborough on twitter.
The latest gripping thriller from the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes, now a Netflix sensation! 'Gloriously glamorous, and brilliantly plotted: Dead to Her is everything I love in a novel' Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I Let You Go 'An absolute rollercoaster of a ride: twist upon twist, expertly handled - I actually gasped out loud several times' Lucy Foley, bestselling author of The Guest List The perfect couple... When Marcie walked down the aisle to marry Jason Maddox, she knew her life would never be the same again. Charming, rich, handsome - Jason can give her everything she's ever wanted. The uninvited guest... But then Keisha arrives in town, and Marcie realises her life of luxury could be snatched away. Because Keisha seems to know all of Marcie's secrets - the shocking, the scandalous, and the downright sinful. The fight for survival... Marcie refuses to go down without a fight. The only question is - how far will she go to come out on top? 'A marvellously compelling read' Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Lying in Wait 'Dark, hypnotic and immersive' Harriet Tyce, bestselling author of Blood Orange 'So deliciously dark and twisted, and that setting was just perfection' Lisa Hall, bestselling author of Between You and Me 'A wonderful, spooky romp...like Dallas meets Tales of the Unexpected!' Richard Osman, author of The Thursday Murder Club 'Set in the racially charged high society of the American deep South, this is the clash of two ambitious, beautiful trophy wives, each with her own secrets' Daily Mail 'Warning: you won't put this down...twisty, addictive' Sunday Telegraph
Lisa has a sixteen-year old daughter Ava. They are close. She has one good friend, a work colleague, Marilyn. These three are our narrators with a few media and legal commentaries interwoven between them. It is a tale that shifts back and forth in time. Lisa has a dreadful secret that emerges when Ava saves a toddler’s life and the press move in. Ava then turns against her mother and we, the reader, get some of Lisa’s horrific childhood along with a whole lot of red herrings. The novel is full of nasty things happening to defenceless people. With false leads and trails with many twists and turns to keep you guessing, it has a pretty dramatic plot – very disturbing. Hardback Review
13 percig halott voltam.Nem emlkszem, hogyan kerltem a jeges vzbe, de egyet tudok: nem baleset volt.s nem akartam ngyilkos lenni.Azt mondjk, tartsuk magunkhoz kzel a bartainkat, az ellensgeinket viszont mg kzelebb, de tizenvesen nehz kzttk klnbsget tenni. A bartaim szeretnek, tudom, hogy gy van. De ez nem jelenti, hogy nem prbltak meglni.A 13 perc lebilincselA trtnet manipulcirl, flelemrA l, gyilkossgrl s az igazsg erejrA l. Mellbevg olvasmny, s amikor letesszk, hatatlanul elgondolkodunk: vajon mi magunk igazn ismerjk-e az embereket, akik a legkzelebb llnak hozznk.A knyv szerzA jt a magyar kznsg a Ne higgy a szemnek! cmA pszicholgiai thriller kapcsn ismerhette meg.A knyv filmes jogai mr elkeltek, a regnybA l kszlt sorozatot a Netflixen lthatjk majd a nzA k."e;Meghat s egszen magval ragad. Nem tudtam letenni."e; - Stephen King
The complete Mayhem and Murder series by the Number One bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes. Jack the Ripper may be making the headlines, but another, much more dangerous, madman is loose on the streets.When a rotting torso is discovered in the vault of New Scotland Yard, it doesn't take Dr Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon, long to realise that there is a second killer at work in the city where, only a few days before, Jack the Ripper brutally murdered two women in one night. This is the hand of a colder killer, one who lacks Jack's emotion. As more headless and limbless torsos find their way into the Thames Dr Bond becomes obsessed with finding the killer. As his investigations lead him into an unholy alliance, he starts to wonder:Is it a man who has brought mayhem to the streets of London, or a monster?'A compulsively readable story that starts as a conventional murder mystery and morphs, by degrees, into a horrifying supernatural thriller' Guardian
Kak postupit' zhenshchine, vlyublennoj v svoego bossa i v to zhe vremya svyazannoj tesnoj druzhboj s ego zhenoj? Tem bolee chto sam Dehvid, nachal'nik Luizy, v nee vlyublen. Serdce ee podskazyvaet, chto nado razrubit' gordiev uzel i rezko porvat' s oboimi. Luiza uzhe gotova prinyat' tyazheloe dlya nee reshenie, kak neozhidanno vyyasnyaetsya, chto obrazcovyj s vidu brak krasavicy podrugi i ee ideal'nogo muzhchiny-nachal'nika na samom dele daleko ne bezoblachen. A chem bol'she vsplyvaet podrobnostej, tem bolee pugayushchaya vyrisovyvaetsya kartina, i zaputannaya lyubovnaya istoriya prevrashchaetsya v kriminal'nuyu dramu, final kotoroj nepredskazuem.
The prophecy has come to pass. The London Stone has been stolen and the Dark King rules the Nowhere. Only Mona and the new Seer dare to stand against him, leading an underground rebellion in the frozen wasteland . . . but what chance do they have, against both the Army of the Mad and Arnold Mather's soldiers? There is still hope: if they can recruit a banished race to their cause, maybe Fin and his friends can force a final battle against the Dark King. But that aid will be hard-won, through an almost impossible quest, and even then there are no guarantees. It will come down to three friends, standing together against all odds. And fulfilling their destinies, whatever the cost . . .
'Sixteen's an interesting age: not quite a fully grown man, but not a kid either. Anything is possible when you're sixteen.' Finmere Tingewick Smith was abandoned on the steps of the Old Bailey. Under the guardianship of the austere Judge Harlequin Brown and the elderly gentlemen of Orrery House, Fin has grown up under a very strange set of rules. He spends alternate years at two very different schools and now he's tired of the constant lies to even his best friends, to hide the insanity of his double life. Neither would believe the truth! But on his sixteenth birthday, everything changes. The Judge is killed, stabbed in the chest with a double-edged sword that's disturbingly familiar, and from that moment on, Fin is catapulted into an extraordinary adventure. Through the Doorway in Fin's London, a hole in the boundaries of Existence, lies another London -- and now both are in grave danger. For the Knights of Nowhere have kidnapped the Storyholder, the keeper of the Five Eternal Stories which weave the worlds together. Because of the Knights' actions, a black storm is coming, bringing madness with it. Fin may be just 16, but he has a long, dark journey ahead of him if he is to rescue the Storyholder and save Existence!
It's Christmas-time, and Finmere Tingewick Smith (Fin to his friends) is back in Orrery House, with Christopher, one of his two best friends. They're there for the Initiation of the new Knights of Nowhere. The boys have tried to find some normalcy after their recent adventures, but they're badly missing Joe. He's stuck in the Nowhere, guarding two of the Five Eternal Stories that weave all the worlds together; they're held inside his own body. In the Somewhere, Christmas is a time of glad tidings and gifts and goodwill, Christmas trees, carols and the celebration of good things. But there is no Christmas in the Nowhere, and in both worlds, things are not as settled as they look, for Justin Arnold-Mather is getting ready to make his move. In the Nowhere, something is moving through the streets, attacking people - random victims - and leaving them mad and disfigured. And in Orrery House, a tiny crack has appeared in the Prophecy table. The Prophecy is coming alive. The battle lines will be drawn between even the closest of friends, for the fight is on. The Dark King is rising.
Don't Trust This BookDon't Trust These PeopleDon't Trust YourselfAnd whatever you do, DON'T give away that ending...'Sarah Pinborough is about to become your new obsession' Harlan CobenLouiseSince her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets...DavidYoung, successful and charming - Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife...AdeleBeautiful, elegant and sweet - Louise's new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks... Is David really the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?'Fully realized characters, peerless writing, a tank of a plot that sustains the suspense right to the end, and a whammy of a finale. It takes a lot to catch me out, but this one did. It'll get you too...' Joanne Harris
Dieses Ende durfen Sie niemandem verraten. Beinahe wre Louise mit dem netten Mann aus dem Pub im Bett gelandet. Ein paar Tage spter dann der Schock: David ist ihr neuer Chef. Und verheiratet. Kurz darauf lernt Louise auf der Strae durch Zufall eine Frau kennen. Seine Frau. Bald sind die beiden Freundinnen. Keine gute Idee. Adele ist sehr schn, und sie wirkt sehr verletzlich. Nach und nach verrt sie Louise Erschreckendes ber ihre Ehe. Und Louise sprt: Sie hat sich in eine heikle Lage gebracht. Was sie nicht wei: Die Begegnung mit Adele war kein Zufall. Adele hat einen Plan. Doch es ist keine Intrige aus Eifersucht. Es ist viel, viel schlimmer. "e;Ein dunkler, elektrisierender Pageturner mit mordsmigem Finale. Sarah Pinborough wird Sie in Bann ziehen."e; (Harlan Coben)
From the bestselling author of BEHIND HER EYES. 'Few writers blend mystery and the supernatural as well as Sarah Pinborough, but there are none who do it better. Quite, quite brilliant' John Connolly Dr Thomas Bond is back, but this time the trial of murders leads straight to his front door. Dr Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon, is still recovering from the events of the previous year when Jack the Ripper haunted the streets of London - and a more malign enemy hid in his shadow. Bond and the others who worked on the gruesome case are still stalked by its legacies, both psychological and tangible. But now the bodies of children are being pulled from the Thames...and Bond is about to become inextricably linked with an uncanny, undying enemy.
The body in the church hall is very definitely dead. It has been sliced open with surgical precision, its organs exposed, and its vocal cords are gone. It is as if they were never there or they've been dissolved... With the Welsh Amateur Operatic Contest getting under way, music is filling the churches and concert halls of Cardiff. The competition has attracted the finest Welsh talent to the city, but it has also drawn something else - there are stories of a metallic creature hiding in the shadows. Torchwood are on its tail, but it's moving too fast for them to track it down. This new threat requires a new tactic - so Ianto Jones is joining a male voice choir... Featuring Captain Jack Harkness as played by John Barrowman, with Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones as played by Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd, in the hit sci-fi series created by Russell T Davies for BBC Television.
Cass Jones ist auf der Flucht. Er wird des Mordes verdachtigt und gleichzeitig von dem mysteriosen Netzwerk gejagt. Schwierige Voraussetzungen, um seine letzten Ziele zu erreichen: die Identitat Castor Brights zu enthullen und seinen verschleppten Neffen Luke ausfindig zu machen - sowie den wahren Grund fur dessen Entfuhrung zu erfahren ...
His nephew has been kidnapped and, as he works desperately to save Luke, Detective Inspector Cass Jones has been framed for murder. He's on the run, being hunted by former colleagues, and is unwelcome wherever he goes ... until he gets help from a very unexpected figure from his past. Detectives Hask and Ramsey are on a different case - searching for the killer behind the lethal Strain II virus currently sweeping its way through London ... a search which throws up an unexpected clue that suggests Cass might be innocent of murder after all. But when they're ordered not to investigate further, they realise the mystery behind the murder is far greater than they thought. Somehow it's linked to Mr Bright, and to the Network which manipulates everyone from the shadows. A rift is growing between these rival factions as Strain II takes a firmer hold on the city, and as the Interventionists warn of a final battle which will bring them all together - or, once and for all, tear everything apart. Cass Jones is going up against The Bank and its sinister employees one last time. He needs every ally he can get, and this time he means to find answers - even if he has to uncover the true history of humanity to do it. And the more he learns, the more everything hinges on finding Luke ... Set in a future that's close enough to touch, Sarah Pinborough's series combines the streetwise grime of a George Pelecanos mystery with the near-future dystopian setting of Richard Morgan.
DI Cass Jones is still dealing with the fallout of uncovering a major conspiracy within his own police station when a terrorist attack rocks London and he finds himself called on to help with the investigation. At the same time he has his own investigation to worry about: young people are dying, apparently committing suicide - and they're all linked by the phrase Chaos in the Darkness, scrawled or sent as their last message to the world. Then he's given a note from his dead brother Christian, written before his murder: the three words - 'They took Luke' - opens up a whole new can of worms, because Cass knows immediately who They are: Mr Bright and the shadowy Network. His dead brother has set him a task from beyond the grave - to find the baby, his nephew, stolen at birth. And as Cass tries to divide his time between all three investigations, it's not long before he discovers links, where there should not be. The mysterious Mr Bright is once again pulling his strings, and there's nothing DI Cass Jones hates more ...
Cardiff Bay. The government has ordered the excavation of the wreckage of a secret underground base. DCI Tom Cutler is watching from a distance, fascinated by the process. There are people in his dreams. People he feels he should know. The disbanded Torchwood Institute spent a century accumulating non-terrestrial artefacts and catching aliens. Who knows what - or who - might still be intact down there? But by the time they find the first body, Suzie Costello is long gone. Based on the hit series created by Russell T. Davies and written by Sarah Pinborough, Long Time Dead is a prequel to Torchwood: Miracle Day, starring John Barrowman and Eve Myles as Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper. It features Suzie Costello, as played by Indira Varma. NB: Contains strong language, sexual references and graphic scenes of violence.