A Guardian Best Thriller Novel of 2023
Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 Book Club pick
Mesmerising, haunting and utterly remarkable, this is a devastating story of obsession inspired by a murder that took place almost a hundred years ago.
‘Exquisite’ - Will Dean, author of Dark Pines
‘This is a book that will stay with you’ - Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of the Vera series
‘Compelling, twisty and wonderfully suspenseful’ - Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground
London, 1923. Like so many single women after the Great War, Beatrice Cade, a thirty-seven-year-old typist, is holding tight to her small scrap of independence and trying to build a life for herself.
When charismatic visiting salesman Tom Ryan directs his attention at her, Bea falls hard for him. But Ryan is married with a child. And his wife, Kate, has worked to create a seemingly happy domestic life. When Bea is found dead and Tom Ryan is in the frame for her murder, it looks like Kate will do anything to protect her family . . .
The tension grows throughout the book until it's almost unbearable. This is a book that will stay with you.
It’s been six years since Flint’s debut novel, the compelling Little Deaths, but Other Women is certainly worth the wait. Like its predecessor, this beautifully written, pitch-perfect historical mystery is based on a real case – here, a murder that took place in 1924 . . . a moving study of loneliness, desperation, shame and public prurience.
Laura Wilson, The Guardian
Exquisite and my book of the year. Utterly brilliant.
Will Dean, author of Dark Pines