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A vividly disturbing, eloquent and enthralling tale set in a home for children who have been taken into care. Three girls, their childhoods irreparably altered and broken, live in a remote home. When the body of one is discovered in a nearby churchyard on the edge of a lake, the investigation begins to focus on their pasts. Sarah Stovell ushers us into a world that most know little to nothing about. The prologue and first chapter made me sit up, my thoughts snapped open, ready to receive what was coming. Three different and emotionally provocative tales move together in an inevitable collision course. The author doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects, and with the majority of the story coming from the girls themselves, the matter-of-fact telling lands with a hammer-blow intensity. The striking, thought-provoking, compulsive storytelling within The Home twisted my mind and broke my heart, and yet I feel that this is an incredibly worthwhile and meaningful read.
One more little secret
One more little lie...
When the body of a pregnant fifteen-year-old is discovered in a churchyard on Christmas morning, the community is shocked, but unsurprised. For she lived in The Home, the residence of three young girls, whose violent and disturbing pasts have seen them cloistered away...
As a police investigation gets underway, the lives of Hope, Lara and Annie are examined, and the staff who work at the home are interviewed, leading to shocking and distressing revelations ... and clear evidence that someone is seeking revenge.
A gritty, dark and harrowing psychological thriller, The Home is also a heartbreaking drama and a piercing look at the underbelly of society, where children learn what they live... if they are allowed to live at all...
Closing date: 23/04/2020
'Passions flare and curdle, and the reader's sympathies are kept on a knife-edge as Stovell skilfully juggles two unreliable narrators. It's a remarkable debut in the crowded psychological thriller field, written with great sureness of touch and tone - it already feels like a summer bestseller' Sunday Times
Praise for Exquisite:
'A perfect literary thriller. A moving, gripping story told in beautiful prose. The twists keep coming until the very last page. I loved this book' Erin Kelly
'Slickly claustrophobic' Sarah Pinborough
'It already feels like a summer bestseller' Sunday Times
'Whip-smart, lushly written and truly page-turning ... Sarah Stovell is a thrilling talent' Holly Seddon
'Sarah Stovell writes beautifully' Essie Fo
x'Addictive, terrifying and beautifully written ... up there with the best psychological thrillers I've ever read' Chris Whittaker
'Beautifully written, atmospheric and sexy ... a satisfying psychological thriller with real class' Cass Green
'Cunningly constructed and gorgeously written, this is outstanding' Daily Express
'Kept me reading long into the night ... utterly compelling' James MacManus, TLS
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 23/11/2019
Publisher: Orenda Books
|Publication date:||9th January 2020|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Sarah Stovell was born in 1977 and spent most of her life in the Home Counties before a season working in a remote North Yorkshire youth hostel made her realise she was a northerner at heart. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner and two children and is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Lincoln University. Her debut psychological thriller, Exquisite, is set in the Lake District. Click here to read a Q & A with the author.More About Sarah Stovell