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The bestselling novel behind the major new BBC drama starring George Mackay (Pride), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Greg Wise (Cranford) and Hattie Morahan (Sense and Sensibility)

The bestselling novel behind the major new BBC drama starring George Mackay (Pride), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Greg Wise (Cranford) and Hattie Morahan (Sense and Sensibility)

Surrey, 1957. Lewis is nineteen, straight out of jail, and stands alone at a railway station.

He’s returned to the village where he grew up: the village where, a decade earlier, tragedy tore his family apart, leaving him to a troubled adolescence with a father he barely knew.

Now, the only person who understands him is Kit Carmichael, daughter of a bullying local businessman. Through the pain and isolation of their shared childhood comes love and loyalty – and soon they realise that to forge their own futures, they must first confront the darkest secrets of their past.

THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL PRIZE

'Devastatingly good'
Daily Mail

'A gripping love story with a twist. If you liked Atonement by Ian McEwan, you'll love this'
Harper's Bazaar

'A dark but beautifully written, heart-wringing suspense tale'
Independent on Sunday

'Compelling and emotionally absorbing, Sadie Jones's use of language is elegant and her characters heartbreaking'
Jojo Moyes

'Reads like a thriller, the tension and menace build expertly...a powerful novel'
Financial Times

'Comparisons with Ian McEwan are inevitable, but Jones's assured, compassionate writing is satisfyingly original'
Guardian

'The sense of mounting suspense coupled with the beautifully drawn characterisation makes this a novel that's guaranteed to get right under your skin'
Glamour

'Beautifully crafted, wonderfully filmic, very real and emotional. It keeps you guessing. All you want in a book'
Daily Express

Reviews

An elegant, subtle, haunting novel that stayed with me long after I finished it. Sadie Jones has a long literary future ahead of her

Tracy Chevalier

Devastatingly good

Daily Mail

The prose is elegant and spare, but the story it reveals is raw and explosive... Devastatingly good'

Eithne Farry, Daily Mail

A gripping love story with a twist. If you liked Atonement by Ian McEwan, you'll love this

Harper's Bazaar

Jones's story is imbued with brooding atmosphere and drama. Understated and elegantly narrated with attention to period detail, this is a gripping love story with a twist. If you liked Atonement by Ian McEwan, you'll love this

Harper's Bazaar

A dark but beautifully written, heart-wringing suspense tale

Independent on Sunday

Eminently readable first novel....reads like a thriller, the tension and menace build expertly...a powerful, promising first novel

Financial Times

Compelling and emotionally absorbing, Sadie Jones's use of language is elegant and her characters heartbreaking

Jojo Moyes

She writes with simmering intensity... particularly strong on atmosphere... Jones uses small, startling phrases to convey depths of passion and information and she can make seemingly innocuous passages radiate beauty

Sunday Telegraph

Reads like a thriller, the tension and menace build expertly...a powerful novel

Financial Times

A dark but beautifully written, heart-wringing suspense tale... The claustrophobic, menacing atmosphere of Sadie Jones's page-turning debut never lets up, and that's admirable enough, but it's more than narrative tension that makes the novel special. Her writing is deeply affecting... the quality of the writing and the desire to see justice done keep one reading avidly

Independent on Sunday

Comparisons with Ian McEwan are inevitable, but Jones's assured, compassionate writing is satisfyingly original

Guardian

Controlled, insightful first novel... Comparisons with Ian McEwan are inevitable, but Jones's assured, compassionate writing is satisfyingly original

Guardian

The sense of mounting suspense coupled with the beautifully drawn characterisation makes this a novel that's guaranteed to get right under your skin

Glamour

This hotly-tipped debut certainly delivers. The prose is clean and clear; so disciplined and spare

Independent

Beautifully crafted, wonderfully filmic, very real and emotional. It keeps you guessing. All you want in a book

Daily Express

Sadie Jones proves she's no novice when it comes to poignant prose with this, her debut novel... The sense of mounting suspense coupled with the beautifully drawn characterisation makes this a novel that's guaranteed to get right under your skin

Glamour

This elegantly written debut novel brings to life both her alienated and damaged protagonist and the small minded community that condemns him

Sunday Times

The writing is impressive from the start, both succinct and fluent

TLS

Sadie Jones' take on an introverted and self-destructive teen is fresh and believable... An assured and engaging debut ****

Metro

My Life in Books: 'It's an incredible, dark, emotional story.

Fay Ripley, Easy Living

Beautifully crafted, wonderfully filmic, very real and emotional. It keeps you guessing. All you want in a book

Nathaniel Parker, Daily Express

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784700799

    July 15, 2015

    Vintage

    480 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099513421

    October 1, 2008

    Vintage

    480 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781407013152

    May 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    464 pages

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  • Audio CD

    9781846571909

    October 1, 2008

    Audiobooks

    RRP $32.99

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