The Playground

Michelle Frances

08 June 2023
464 pages


'I couldn’t put this one down' - Janice Hallett, author of The Appeal

Wry, twisting and suspenseful, bestselling author Michelle Frances tells a story of schoolyard sniping turning into something much uglier in The Playground, for fans of Liane Moriarty and Adele Parks.

Looking to escape her old life, Nancy and her ten-year-old daughter Lara move to Ripton. A quiet, picturesque village in the rolling Derbyshire countryside, it seems like the perfect place to settle down. At first.

But when Nancy reaches the school gates, she learns that beneath the quaint village atmosphere is a minefield. And after her daughter clashes with her school friends, Nancy quickly finds herself outside the whispering circle of parents.

As much as Nancy finds the playground politics absurd, they soon become impossible to ignore when Lara is accused of hurting another girl.

Desperate to clear Lara's name, Nancy is about to learn just what lengths a parent will go to for their child . . .

Praise for the number one bestselling author Michelle Frances:

'Michelle Frances is an author we're going to hear a great deal about' – Jilly Cooper

'Taut, dark, and seriously addictive' – Will Dean, author of The Last Passenger

'I tore through the pages . . . A high-speed chase of a novel' – Louise Candlish, author of The Only Suspect

'Michelle Frances manages to bring fresh energy to this age-old theme of family secrets . . . The finale doesn't disappoint' – Daily Mail

'Toxic family relationships, sultry European settings and an intricate plot which leaves you never knowing who to trust' – Catherine Cooper, author of The Chalet

Delicious tensions between parents and squabbles among their children seem so harmless, yet every one has the potential to start a devastating snowball of events. I couldn’t put this one down
Taut, dark, and seriously addictive
A slow burn, tense tale of the repercussions of both adult and child bullying and secret WhatsApp groups which almost any parent will relate to. Highly readable and horrifying.