Released on 16 July 2015.

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The Bones of You

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The Bones of You is a gripping psychological thriller from author Debbie Howells; a story of full of dark secrets, obsession and suspense.

I have a gardener's inherent belief in the natural order of things. Soft-petalled flowers that go to seed. The resolute passage of the seasons. Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer.

Children who don't die before their parents.

A community in shock

When eighteen-year-old Rosie Anderson disappears, the idyllic village where she lived will never be the same again. Local gardener Kate is struck with guilt. She'd come to know Rosie well, and thought she understood her - perhaps better even than Rosie's own mother.

A family torn apart

Rosie was beautiful, kind and gentle. She came from a loving family and she had her whole life ahead of her. Who could possibly want to harm her? And why?

A keeper of secrets

Kate is convinced the police are missing something. She's certain that someone in the village knows more than they're letting on. As the investigation deepens, so does Kate's obsession with solving the mystery of what happened to Rosie.

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Utterly compelling and addictive. A memorable debut
Samantha Hayes, bestselling author of Until You’re Mine
The Bones of You is one of those books that captivates you from the first page, holds tight and never lets go. I savoured every word, character and psychological twist. Truly brilliant!
Lisa Jackson, New York Times Number One bestselling author
An exceptional debut that announces a potential star of the future from a young florist in Sussex whose love for the natural world inhabits every paragraph of a story that focuses on the disappearance of a popular local 18-year-old, whom everyone in the idyllic rural community seemed to adore
A Daily Mail 2015 ‘Fall in Love this Christmas with a Good Book’ selection