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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.
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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.
Cass Jones hat wieder alle Hande voll zu tun: Eine Selbstmordwelle unter Studenten gibt der Polizei Ratsel auf. Die Toten hinterlassen nur einen einzigen Satz: Chaos im Dunkel, ein Satz, den sich niemand in ihrem Umfeld erklaren kann. Cass erkennt bald eine Verbindung zum schattenhaften Netzwerk um den geheimnisvollen Castor Bright. Doch auch dieses zeigt Zerfallserscheinungen: Es haben sich unterschiedliche Parteien gebildet, die sich feindlich gegenuberstehen. Als Terroranschlage London erschuttern, ist klar: Die Welt gerat langsam aber sicher aus den Fugen und ist zum Schlachtfeld unberechenbarer Machte geworden. Und Cass spielt in deren undurchsichtigen Planen offenbar eine immer wichtigere Rolle ...
Die Welt nach der Finanzkrise. Alle Staaten stehen am Rande des Bankrotts und werden nur noch durch ein transnationales Konsortium, das einfach unter dem Namen "e;Die Bank"e; firmiert, am Leben erhalten. Cass Jones muss in dieser Welt Morde aufklaren: die Taten eines Serienkillers, der sich "e;der Fliegenmann"e; nennt; die Totung zweier Schuljungen, die ins Kreuzfeuer eines Bandenkrieges geraten; den Selbstmord seines eigenen Bruders Christian, der zuvor noch Frau und Kind totet. Christian war Angestellter der "e;Bank"e;. Bald muss Cass Jones begreifen, dass alle Morde zusammenhangen - nicht nur miteinander und mit dem Zustand der Welt, sondern vor allem auch mit ihm selbst. Eine verstorende Spurensuche in seiner eigenen Vergangenheit beginnt.