Out on 14 November 2019

The Earthquake Bird

Susanna Jones

2001 Winner

John Llewellyn Rhys Prize

2001 Winner

CWA New Blood Dagger

2002 Winner

Betty Trask Award

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14 November 2019
9781529026269
288 pages
Synopsis

The Earthquake Bird is Susanna Jones's stunning, prize-winning first mystery - now a major motion picture starring Alicia Vikander.

Winner of the CWA New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of the Year
Winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize

Early this morning, several hours before my arrest, I was woken by an earth tremor. I mention the incident not to suggest that there was a connection. . . for in Tokyo we have a quake like this every month. I am simply relating the sequence of events as it happened. It has been an unusual day and I would hate to forget anything . . .

So begins The Earthquake Bird, a haunting novel set in Japan which reveals a murder on its first page and takes its readers into the mind of the chief suspect, Lucy Fly – a young, vulnerable English girl living and working in Tokyo as a translator. As Lucy is interrogated by the police she reveals her past to the reader, and it is a past which is dangerously ambiguous and compromising . . .

Why did Lucy leave England for the foreign anonymity of Japan ten years before, and what exactly prompted her to sever all links with her family back home? She was the last person to see the murdered girl alive, so why is she not more forthcoming about the circumstances of their last meeting? As Lucy’s story unfolds, it emerges that secrets, both past and present, obsess her waking life . . .

In spare yet devastating prose, Susanna Jones maintains a chilling ambiguity throughout, scoring 10 on the suspense Richter scale. Compelling and haunting, this delicately crafted debut novel's tremors are felt long after the final page is turned

Observer

Jones is a mistress of the unexplained menace

Mail on Sunday

An astonishingly accomplished debut... it's hard to believe that this skilfully constructed and beautifully written work is a first novel

Daily Telegraph