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All The Hidden Truths is Claire Askew’s debut novel and the start of the DI Birch series set in Edinburgh, It was the winner of the McIlvanney Debut Prize and shortlisted for the 2019 Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger. This is a series that is worth putting on your must-read list, smart, sharp, and so very readable, it comes with a highly recommended tag from me.
Books in The DI Birch Series:
1. All The Hidden Truths
In the aftermath of a tragedy, the world needs an explanation.
In Edinburgh, after the Three Rivers College shooting, some things are clear.
They know who. They know when.
No one can say why.
For three women the lack of answers is unbearable: DI Helen Birch, the detective charged with solving the case. Ishbel, the mother of the first victim, struggling to cope with her grief. And Moira, mother of the killer, who needs to understand what happened to her son.
But as people search for someone to blame, the truth seems to vanish...
From a prizewinning poet, ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS is a searing, compelling and powerful debut.
The aftermath of an Edinburgh college shooting is seen through the experiences of three women: a victim's mother, the shooter's mother and the detective in charge of the case. Raw, powerful, compassionate and deeply moving, with page-turning tension to the end. - The Sunday Times
UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton touts ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS as its lead crime debut of the year, and it's not just hype. - Toronto Star
Claire Askew brought us a new kind of crime story in 2018. ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS is a taut and thoughtful look at toxic masculinity, public tragedy and the women left picking up the pieces. - The List
...it deserves every accolade. This psychological suspense story is one of the best books of the year...Askew is a writer on the rise. - The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Ian Rankin and the capital's other crime writers are going to have to look to their laurels. There's a new kid in town. - The Scotsman
A gripping, thought provoking and ultimately uplifting crime debut. I love that this book, which focusses on a crime against women, is itself about women and not the man that committed the crime. A story of how, when something terrible happens, you might start to pick up some of the tiny little pieces of your life and try to find a way through. The story, the characters and the city are all vivid and utterly alive and they left me feeling angry and full of adrenaline and love. -- Lucy Ayrton, author of One More Chance A novel so shockingly current that it seems to fictionalise the world even as it changes around us. -- Shelley Harris, author of Vigilante Really excellent - totally gripping... very realistic. One to look out for -- Sophie Cameron, author of Out Of The Blue There's so much to enjoy about this compelling debut. The three different viewpoints really pulled me in to the story, and got me thinking about the nature of victimhood as well as collective social responsibility. This is a timely, relevant, and thought-provoking novel. -- Sarah Franklin, author of Shelter This novel will no doubt be a summer hit. - North London Local Magazine
This is a gripping debut crime thriller that draws you in with plenty of accurately observed characters and a well-drawn setting. It is the page-turner promised and well worth losing yourself in. - Daily Record
Gripping - Grazia
This is a gripping debut crime thriller that draws you in with plenty of accurately-observed characters and a well-drawn setting. It is the page-turner promised and well worth losing yourself in. - South Wales Echo
ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS is a marvel... Absorbing and suspenseful, it's a thought-provoking debut novel - The Skinny
Damn, this is a good book... a debut of such power, and of such verve. - SHOTS
A well-written investigation of individual and collective responsibility. - Guardian
Emotionally engrossing, morally challenging, horribly topical -- Tammy Cohen A searing, heart-breaking thriller. - The Herald, Scotland
(a) Fine, thought-provoking debut - Mail on Sunday
When we think about Edinburgh crime our thoughts turn to Ian Rankin and Val McDermid. Claire Askew could be up there with them. - The Bookbag
This is a such a clever, brave book. Askew looks unflinchingly at the unimaginable, but her writing is wrought with compassion. It's as heart-rending as it is gripping. -- Sabine Durrant, author of Lie With Me A fantastic read. -- Cara Hunter Claire Askew takes us away from the obvious plot and asks us tantalising questions... the three women... form an absorbing psychological trio for Askew's thought-provoking, upsetting entry into crime fiction. - The Times
An intricate, pacy, risky and intriguing novel. -- Jenn Ashworth You'll be gripped by the unexpected truths that emerge. Compelling. - Marie Claire
Splendid debut... thoughtful and well-written. - Guardian
Moving and memorable. - The Sunday Times
Raw, powerful, compassionate and deeply moving, with page-turning tension to the end. A stunning debut. -- Karen Robinson, Sunday Times Crime Club As scarily plausible as it is utterly captivating, this is an absorbing and unforgettable debut. - Heat
Gripping, heartbreaking and horrifyingly plausible. I couldn't tear myself away from this book. Claire Askew is a stunning new voice in crime fiction. -- Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said (a) meticulous and compelling novel about the aftermath of a major crime and its effect on the affected families and investigating officers both. -- Ian Rankin Stunning debut... compellingly written. - Daily Mail
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 09/08/2018
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||4th April 2019|
|Publisher:||Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Debuts, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,|
Claire Askew is a poet, novelist and the current Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh. Her debut novel in progress was the winner of the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, and longlisted for the 2014 Peggy Chapman-Andrews (Bridport) Novel Award. Claire holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and has won a variety of accolades for her work, including the Jessie Kesson Fellowship and a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. Her debut poetry collection, This changes things, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016 and shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and a Saltire First Book ...More About Claire Askew