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The Poison Tree

by Erin Kelly

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Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2011.

The Poison Tree, by former Cosmopolitan writer Erin Kelly, tells the story of strait-laced student Karen whose life is upended when she meets Biba, a charming yet troubled aspiring actress. They spend a decadent summer together until tragedy strikes. Better than chick lit, this is a really great read.


The Poison Tree has now been adapted into TV Drama to be shown on ITV1 towards the end of 2012.

The Poison Tree Synopsis


I have given up so much and done so many terrible things already for the sake of my family that I can only keep going. I do not know what is going to happen to us. I am frightened, but I feel strong. I have the strength of a woman who has everything to lose. In the sweltering summer of 1997, strait-laced, straight-A student Karen met Biba -- a bohemian and impossibly glamorous aspiring actress. She was quickly drawn into Biba's world, and for a while life was one long summer of love. But every summer must end. By the end of theirs, two people were dead - and now Karen's past has come back to haunt her ...

The Poison Tree Press Reviews

'A dark, poetic, gripping, totally brilliant Brideshead Revisited for the 21st century'
The Times

'(An) excellent debut psychological thriller, reminiscent of early Barbara Vine.'
Daily Mail Books of the Year

'An unusually good debut psychological thriller from an author ... whose plotting, characterisation, fluent writing and dark humour should ensure her a successful career'
Daily Mail

'The dark world of psychological thrillers has a bright new voice ... [a] twisted, brooding, creepy debut'
Daily Mirror

'A tense, twisting thriller ... Atmospheric and gripping, it will keep you guessing to the end'

'A very English take on the foibles and failings of humanity permeates The Poison Tree, a remarkable debut by Erin Kelly.'
Peter Millar, The Times

'Will appeal to fans of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and Donna Tartt's The Secret History ... a rich and satisfying pleasure.'
USA Today

'Terrific ... a compelling creeper that intelligently invokes the conventions of the Gothic and plays wi

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ISBN: 9781444701050
Publication date: 12/05/2011
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781444701043
Publication date: 10/06/2010
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444701050
Publication date: 12th May 2011
Author: Erin Kelly
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Erin Kelly

Erin Kelly read English at Warwick University. Author of THE POISON TREE and THE SICK ROSE, she has worked as a freelance journalist for over ten years and has written for the Daily Mail, Psychologies, the Guardian and Cosmopolitan, among others. She lives in North London with her family. THE BURNING AIR is her third novel.   Author photo © Domenico Pugliese

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