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Burnt Paper Sky By Gilly Macmillan

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A gripping psychological thriller about a missing child and how the public can turn on a mother following a single, momentary mistake

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Burnt Paper Sky: The worldwide bestselling thriller by Gilly Macmillan

Rachel Jenner turned her back for a moment. Now her eight-year-old son Ben is missing.

But what really happened that fateful afternoon?

Caught between her personal tragedy and a public who have turned against her, there is nobody left who Rachel can trust. But can the nation trust Rachel?

The clock is ticking to find Ben alive.


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One of the brightest debuts I have read this year - a visceral, emotionally charged story from a youg woman we are sure to hear far more of. Heart-wrenchingly well told and expertly constructed, this deserves to stay on the bestseller list * Daily Mail *
. . . heart-in-the-mouth excitement from the start of this electrifyingly good debut . . . an absolute firecracker of a thriller that convinces and captivates from the word go. A must read. * Sunday Mirror *
A distinctly contemporary twist on Salem circa 1692 . . . A pacy, twisty thriller. * Independent *
If you love Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep, you need to read this. * Closer *
What an amazing, gripping, beautifully written debut. It kept me up late into the night (and scared the life out of me) -- Liane Moriarty - author of The Husband's Secret
A book which hooks you and keeps you focused on it until the end. * Shotsmag *
This accomplished, intelligent debut should come with a warning - it's completely addictive. A nail-biting, sleep-depriving, brilliant read -- Saskia Sarginson
Every parent's nightmare, handled with intelligence and sensitivity, the novel is also deceptively clever. I found myself racing through to find out what happened -- Rosamund Lupton
Tightly focussed and fast-paced. You won't rest until you really know what happened -- Lisa Ballantyne
What an exciting debut! This book kept me up until the small hours, from the nightmarish moment when a mother first realises that her son has disappeared, to the dramatic denouement. Gilly Macmillan's voice is innovative and confident, and she creates a cast of very human characters. There's a page-turning urgency, combined with an insightful exploration of the emotional fall-out after the abduction of a small child. Meanwhile the media and internet community are shadowy figures whose pitiless speculation and harassment seem all too believable. Written with passion and insight. Bravo, Gilly Macmillan -- Charity Norman - author of After The Fall
Deft, tense and utterly gripping, and stays with you long after the final page has been turned. -- Tim Weaver - author of Never Coming Back
This pacy, emotional and expertly characterised novel's sure to follow in the footsteps of fellow thrillers such as The Girl On The Train and Gone Girl by soaring to the top of the bestseller charts * The Media Eye *
A powerful page-turner and damning commentary on this age of the internet, where everyone has an opinion and a forum in which they can voice it. * Woman's Weekly, New Zealand *
A terrific debut. * Reader's Digest *
A very clever, tautly plotted page turned from a terrific new writer. * Good Housekeeping *
Taut, emotional and packed with suspense, it kept me glued to the pages. * Woman & Home *
Fascinating page-turner. * Prima *
A compulsive page-turner. * Red Magazine *
[Chilling] and deftly handled. * Shotsmag * well written. A tremendous debut novel -- Mark Billingham
'A beautifully written, deeply probing psychological thriller capturing a mother's anguish and a police officer's torment in the face of a life-altering incident' * The Huffington Post *
An explosively exciting and very modern thriller. * Best Magazine *
Strong descriptions, sensitive use of language and great interactions between the characters make this story truly memorable, and it's a heart-wrenching read for any parent. * Crime Fiction Lover *
Gilly Macmillan introduces some smart variations on the [missing child] theme in her debut mystery . . . Macmillan enlivens the narrative with emails, newspaper headlines, passages from professional journals, even transcripts from Inspector Clemo's sessions with a psychotherapist. But her best move is to include vicious blog posts that go viral. Guilty or innocent, once Rachel is put on trial by the Internet, her fate may be sealed. * New York Times Book Review *
This accomplished, intelligent debut should come with a warning - it's completely addictive. A nail-biting, sleep-depriving, brilliant read * Saskia Sarginson, author of THE TWINS *

About Gilly Macmillan

Gilly Macmillan grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and also lived in Northern California in her late teens. She studied History of Art at Bristol University and then at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she's worked as a part-time lecturer in A Level Photography and a full-time mum.

Gilly lives in Bristol with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.

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Burnt Paper Sky: The worldwide bestselling thriller by Gilly Macmillan
Gilly Macmillan
Used - Very Good
Little, Brown Book Group
Short-listed for Waverton Good Read Award 2016 (UK) Short-listed for Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original 2016 (UK)
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