Other Women

Emma Flint

23 February 2023
368 pages


Zoe Ball's BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick.

Mesmerising and haunting, Emma Flint's Other Women is a devastating story of fantasy, obsession inspired by a murder that took place almost a hundred years ago.

'A pitch-perfect historical mystery' – The Guardian
'Bloody brilliant' – Dinah Jefferies, author of The Missing Sister
'Compelling, twisty, and wonderfully suspenseful' – Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground

It is 1923 and a country is in mourning. Thousands of husbands, fathers, sons and sweethearts were lost in the war, millions more returned home wounded and forever changed.

Beatrice Cade is an orphan, unmarried and childless. After her brother's death, she decides to make a new life for herself. She takes a room in a Bloomsbury ladies’ club and a job in the City. But just when her new world is starting to take shape, a fleeting encounter threatens to ruin everything.

Kate Ryan is an ordinary wife and mother. Since the end of the war, she has managed to build an enviable life with her husband and young daughter. From the outside, they seem like a normal, happy family. But when two policemen knock on Kate's door and jeopardize the facade Kate has created, she knows what she has to do to protect the people she loves. And suddenly, two women who never should have met are connected for ever . . .

'Exquisite' - Will Dean, author of Dark Pines

'This is a book that will stay with you' – Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of the Vera series

'A thoroughly captivating and unsettling page-turner' – iNews

The tension grows throughout the book until it's almost unbearable. This is a book that will stay with you.
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.
Exquisite and my book of the year. Utterly brilliant.