Out on 30 May 2019

Her Sister's Lie

Debbie Howells

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30 May 2019
320 pages

Her Sister's Lie is a stunning psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Bones of You, Debbie Howells.

Two sisters. A terrible secret. The ultimate revenge.

Hannah and her sister Nina were once close. But they’ve not been in touch for years when Hannah learns of her sister’s death. Now Hannah is left with the care of Nina’s teenage son Abe, and the memory of the appalling secret that drove the two sisters apart . . .

Bringing Abe into her home, Hannah finds him a difficult houseguest. Sullen, rude and uncooperative, Hannah tries to be understanding – after all, he’s a grieving boy. But when sinister things begin to happen, Hannah is forced to confront the possibility that Abe might also be dangerous.

How much does Abe know? And just how far is Hannah prepared to go to protect her secret?

This is not a fast-paced, edge-of-the-seat crime story but a psychological thriller about the dark side of suburban England where finely pruned rose bushes hide what lies beneath [The Bones of You]

Daily Express

A dazzling debut from a writer who looks to me to have an exceptional future. Howells’ novel has a rare freshness and depth that set her apart [The Bones of You]

Daily Mail

Debbie Howells has produced a book of great humanity as a battered victim appeals for help to find her daughter who may or may not exist. Can she really trust the people who come to her aid? It is a story as rugged as its Cornwall landscape with hairpin bends in the story in the most unexpected places. Sharply written with characters that keep you guessing until the very last page, this story holds you tight and then drops you like a stone [Her Sister’s Lie]

Liz Nugent