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PANIC ROOM is Robert Goddard at his best. A sliver of a mystery kicks off a juggernaut of a thriller. Layers of secrets, half-truths and lies must be peeled back to reveal what really lies within.

Sometimes the danger is on the inside . . .

High on a Cornish cliff sits a vast uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited except for Blake, a young woman of dubious background, secretive and alone, currently acting as housesitter.

The house has a panic room. Cunningly concealed, steel lined, impregnable – and apparently closed from within. Even Blake doesn’t know it’s there. She’s too busy being on the run from life, from a story she thinks she’s escaped.

But her remote existence is going to be invaded when people come looking for the house’s owner, missing rogue pharma entrepreneur, Jack Harkness. Suddenly the whole world wants to know where his money has gone. Soon people are going to come knocking on the door, people with motives and secrets of their own, who will be asking Blake the sort of questions she can’t – or won’t – want to answer.

And will the panic room ever give up its secrets?

PANIC ROOM is Robert Goddard at his nerve-shredding best. A sliver of a mystery kicks off a juggernaut of a thriller. Layers of secrets, half truths and lies must be peeled back to reveal what really lies within.

Reviews

Is this his best yet?...Full of sinister menace and propulsive pace with twisty plotting

Lee Child

This is a tense read, fill of characteristic Goddard twists

Guardian

As always, Goddard can be relied upon to entertain

The Literary Review

A well-constructed page-turner of a thriller that’s very hard to put down

Choice magazine

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780593076378

    April 2, 2018

    Bantam Press

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780593076361

    April 15, 2018

    Bantam Press

    RRP $39.99

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Extract

I feel safe here. That’s really what it comes down to. Oh, there’s the sea as well. I like the ocean in all its moods, from stormy to still: white, grey, turquoise, blue. I can watch the surf crashing on the rocks for hours. On windless mornings, I can hear the skylarks circling above me as I walk down to the beach, my legs brushing through the drifts of wild mustard and cow parsley on the narrow path. And then there are the sunsets, pink and scarlet and gold, out beyond Wolf Rock, over the tilt of the world. Nothing here is like where I came from originally. I don’t want to leave, like I did there, all the time. I want to stay. Maybe forever.
 

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Also by Robert Goddard

The Wide World Trilogy
The Ends of the Earth
The Corners of the Globe
The Ways of the World
Intersection: Paris, 1919 (An exclusive prologue to The Ways of the World)
Fault Line
Blood Count
Take No Farewell
Long Time Coming
Found Wanting
Name To A Face
Never Go Back
Sight Unseen
Play To The End
Days Without Number
Dying To Tell
Sea Change
Set In Stone
Into the Blue
Caught In The Light
Beyond Recall
Out Of The Sun
Borrowed Time
Closed Circle

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