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Deal with the Devil

The fifth and final day of Michael Atkins’ evidence opened in spectacular fashion.


The white room was completely dark when my dad killed my granny.

Open Your Eyes

Another year of my life … wasted.

City of Lies

I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me.

A House in the Sky

We named the houses they put us in.

Loose Units

I was seven years old when I saw my first dead body.

The Overstory

First there was nothing. Then there was everything.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Whenever I woke up, night or day, I’d shuffle through the bright marble foyer of my building and go up the block and around the corner where there was a bodega that never closed.


It was so hot in the car that the seats smelled as though they were melting.

Everything Under

The places we are born come back.

From a Low and Quiet Sea

Let me tell you something about trees.

The Mars Room

Chain Night happens once a week on Thursdays.

Past Tense

Jack Reacher caught the last of the summer sun in a small town on the coast of Maine, and then, like the birds in the sky above him, he began his long migration south.

Tries, Lies and Meat Pies

I knew I needed a killer opening line.

The Katharina Code

The three cardboard boxes were stored at the bottom of the wardrobe.

Watching You

I don’t know what to think. I don’t know what to feel.

The True Colour of the Sea

After I spotted a python climbing into her picnic basket and yelled out, I got chatting to a young woman down at Black Lake.

The Thief of Light

That night, he was Ed.

The Summer of Secrets

Friday night was going perfectly to plan for Chloe.

The Second Cure

The space between was the worst.