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  • Published: 13 February 2024
  • ISBN: 9781529153309
  • Imprint: Hutchinson Heinemann
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $34.99

The List of Suspicious Things

A clever and moving debut perfect for fans of Elizabeth is Missing and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


'Such a beautiful story about friendship, community and family and secrets and what’s going on underneath'

'To read it is to feel that little bit better about life'

‘A touching paean to lost innocence and the comfort of friendships’

'A beautiful mystery with heart'

'This is a heart-warming book'

'A gorgeous, page-turning book'

Yorkshire, 1979

Maggie Thatcher is prime minister, drainpipe jeans are in, and Miv is convinced that her dad wants to move their family Down South.

Because of the murders.

Leaving Yorkshire and her best friend Sharon simply isn't an option, no matter the dangers lurking round their way; or the strangeness at home that started the day Miv's mum stopped talking.
Perhaps if she could solve the case of the disappearing women, they could stay after all?

So, Miv and Sharon decide to make a list: a list of all the suspicious people and things down their street. People they know. People they don't.

But their search for the truth reveals more secrets in their neighbourhood, within their families - and between each other - than they ever thought possible.

What if the real mystery Miv needs to solve is the one that lies much closer to home?



'Left a lump in my throat and a hole in my heart'
'A book I won't forget for a while'
'A beautiful and emotional debut that I know will stay with me for a long time'
'A superb look at childhood, at growing up, at starting to see the world around you'

  • Published: 13 February 2024
  • ISBN: 9781529153309
  • Imprint: Hutchinson Heinemann
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author

Jennie Godfrey

Jennie Godfrey was born and raised in Yorkshire and the novel was partly inspired by her father having worked alongside Peter Sutcliffe, the man eventually charged with the crimes of the Yorkshire Ripper. She is a former HR director of a FTSE100 company who left her career to become a Waterstones bookseller and a writer. This is her first novel.

Praise for The List of Suspicious Things

This is such a tender coming of age story with unforgettable characters. Exquisite storytelling that's full of heart

Julie Owen-Moylan

Absolutely loved it - it is so engrossing, utterly heart-breaking (made me cry!) but also redemptive and hopeful at the same time

Sophie Hannah

I am so sad it has ended because it is a GORGEOUS TRIUMPH. Jennie is an easy and natural storyteller. Beautifully crafted, moving, funny heart-warming, it has all the feels

Georgina Moore

Pretty sure this will be the book of 2024. Bring tissues

Joanna Nadin

The characters completely burrowed into my heart. It's a warm, funny, huge-hearted book without any twee - it's truthful, carrying a sadness too

Chloe Timms

Funny, poignant and drawn with real compassion. This is a heart-warming book

Emma Healey, author of ELIZABETH IS MISSING

Profoundly original and dazzlingly written. A beautiful mystery with heart

Rob Rinder

An astonishing debut written with much talent and tenderness. It sings with humanity

Amy Twigg

Brimming with what is means to be human, this is a book to be savoured and cherished. A book that should be required reading for current and future generations. A once in a lifetime kind of book

Awais Khan

A book full of heart that drops you vividly into a time and place. Superb

Kate Hamer

What could be more magical than a writer who can flip from hilarity to darkness and back on the same page? Jennie Godfrey does this and more in THE LIST OF SUSPICIOUS THINGS, all told in a voice that is as authentic as it is unforgettable

Jenny Jackson

A heartwarming tale about the power of human connection, written with empathy, warmth and care. To read it is to feel that little bit better about life

Elizabeth Day

I can't believe this is a debut. Heavy themes handled with such tenderness and care, a moving, memorable tale of community, connection and curiosity. I loved it

Emma Gannon

Endearing characters, nostalgic period details and a warmth that rises from the page make this a must-read

Good Housekeeping

There's been buzz around this novel - for good reason. Endearing characters and nostalgic details make this a must-read

Good Housekeeping

A beautiful story of friendship, community and family . . . heart-warming

Zoe Ball

One of the buzziest debuts of 2024, and deservedly so….prepare to have all the feelings


Fabulous. I loved Miv’s spirit


A mystery wrapped up in a story of community and family, The List of Suspicious Things is a gorgeous, page-turning book

i Paper

[THE LIST OF SUSPICIOUS THINGS] was such a joyous read . . . the story spoke to me on so many levels. The characters are adorable and we all need an Aunty Jean in our lives . . . a beautiful story of friendship, community and family. Heartwarming

Zoe Ball

A standout debut full of heart

The Sun, Fabulous Magazine

A touching paean to lost innocence and the comfort of friendships, its dark undertow leavened by stout Yorkshire humour

The Times

Godfrey succeeds brilliantly in fitting a gripping and moving story in the interstices of a horrific episode in recent history, without ever trivialising, taking focus from, or minimising the lasting impact of the original crimes.


I absolutely adore it!

Marian Keyes

An extraordinary achievement

Clare Pooley

Heartbreaking […] a superlative coming-of-age story

Mail on Sunday

A beautifully written story about friendship, family and the untold secrets hidden beneath the surface...a touching novel that will have you in tears, shock, laughter and horror

Press Association