FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE CONFESSION
Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead.
In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people's lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege - the residents have it all. Life is good.
There's just one problem.
Olive Collins' dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they're shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight.
The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive's neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.
The new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Confession, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty.
See what everyone is saying about Jo Spain, the hottest new name in psychological thrillers:
story that will have you reading well into the night
as you keep telling yourself, 'just one more chapter * My Weekly *
A fabulously entertaining whodunit
, with a sly wit
and a wonderful detective duo
* Sunday Mirror *
Fans of Desperate Housewives
will love this . . . a real page-turner
* Woman's Weekly *Wonderfully drawn
characters and more secrets and motives
than you can shake a stick at. Loved, loved, loved
* Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies *Irish crime fiction's current hot-ticket
... busy, imaginative
, cleverly structured
* Irish Independent *
Dark, funny, well-plotted, sinister. Superb
* Will Dean, author of Dark Pines *
[An] Agatha Christie-esque and emotion-charged locked-estate mystery
* Sunday Sport *
new crime novel * Sunday Times *
a winning combination
of locked room (or in this case locked estate) mystery and incisive social commentary
* Sinead Crowley, author of One Bad Turn *
This is a winner
in my book * Woman's Way, Book of the Week *
Spain conjures up a brilliant setting
for this murder mystery, with a fantastically imagined
cast of characters * Emily Koch, author of If I Die Before I Wake *
She's absolutely hit her stride
* Books Ireland *
A book to sink into with a cast of characters you'll genuinely care
about... completely memorable
... a gorgeous read
* Dervla McTiernan *Dirty Little Secrets
has got a real touch of Murder on the Orient Express about it
- a closed room mystery filled with nasty people and abundant motives. A real page-turner
* Araminta Hall, author of Our Kind of Cruelty *Sensational. . . taut and claustrophobic, wickedly plotted
and laced with the kind of dark humour
that lifts Jo Spain to the top of my reading pile every single time * Chris Whitaker, author of Tall Oaks *Loved it!
Fabulous characters, superbly written
, twists, turns & ends with a punch
* Amanda Jennings, author of The Cliff House *
An intriguing Rubik's Cube of a book that kept me turning the pages to get to the truth
. So well plotted
and beautifully written
. I absolutely loved it
* Liz Nugent, author of Unravelling Oliver *
Has you addicted
from the very first page. I found it impossible to put down
* Michelle Frances, author of The Girlfriend *Enthralling
- Spain dissects her characters' secrets with razor-sharp
precision * JP Delaney, author of The Girl Before *
Try if you liked Our House
by Louise Candlish . . . a very intelligent whodunnit
* Best *Deliberately evocative of classic Golden Age mysteries
... the novel is deliciously cynical in tone * Irish Times *
Jo Spain is a full-time writer and screenwriter. Her first novel, With Our Blessing, was one of seven books shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and her first psychological thriller, The Confession, was a number one bestseller in Ireland. Jo co-wrote the ground-breaking television series Taken Down, which first broadcast in Ireland in 2018. She's now working on multiple European television projects. Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children.