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Little Deaths

3.37 based on 2767 ratings & 373 reviews on

2017 Long-listed

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

2017 Long-listed

Desmond Elliott Prize

2017 Long-listed

CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger


12 January 17
610 mins
Graham Halstead, Lauren Fortgang


It's the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in a heatwave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery.

Noting Ruth's perfectly made-up face and provocative clothing, the empty liquor bottles and love letters that litter her apartment, the detectives leap to convenient conclusions, fuelled by neighbourhood gossip and speculation. Sent to cover the case on his first major assignment, tabloid reporter Pete Wonicke at first can't help but do the same. But the longer he spends watching Ruth, the more he learns about the darker workings of the police and the press. Soon, Pete begins to doubt everything he thought he knew.

Ruth Malone is enthralling, challenging and secretive - is she really capable of murder?

Haunting, intoxicating and heart-poundingly suspenseful, Little Deaths is a gripping novel about love, morality and obsession, exploring the capacity for good and evil within us all.

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A gripping read that is at the same time deeply real. A beautifully written and realized debut. I absolutely loved it.
Kate Hamer, author of The Girl In The Red Coat
Destined to make waves this year. In the evocative Little Deaths by Emma Flint, two young children are brutally killed in New York in 1965. Is their mother guilty of murder or simply guilty of defying society's norms?
A hotly tipped debut destined to make waves this year . . . evocative
Daily Express
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