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ebook / ISBN-13: 9781472276322

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Read the electrifying debut literary thriller that everyone is talking about. As seen on BBC2 Between the Covers Book Club.

‘A remarkable new talent’ ANTHONY HOROWITZ
‘A gripping and moving debut’ HARLAN COBEN
‘A gripping, intelligent, utterly-of-the-moment thriller’ EMMA STONEX
‘Compelling, atmospheric. It’s BRILLIANT’ MARIAN KEYES
‘This book is magnificent’ CHARLOTTE PHILBY
‘Atmospheric, claustrophobic and so elegantly written’ ELLERY LLOYD
‘The ending left me breathless’ LARA PRESCOTT
‘Demands to be devoured in one sitting’ GLAMOUR
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Who do you believe?

Young London lawyer Laura flies to her parents’ homeland for the most important defence case of her life. On trial is Marija Popa, the widow of a murdered dictator, who created fear and division in his impoverished Eastern Bloc country, hiding untold riches for himself and his family.

For Laura, the case is an opportunity to make sense of her blighted childhood and her broken relationship with her mother, who will not speak about her old life under the regime. But Laura is distracted by the enigmatic Marija, who claims she knew nothing of her husband’s dark affairs.

As Laura is led deeper into her investigation of the past, she realises that to uncover the truth, she must draw closer to the dictator’s wife. But does danger lie there?
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‘A captivating story of women’s power, love and secrets. As timely and profound as it is unforgettable’ LARA PRESCOTT, New York Times bestselling author
‘A fascinating exploration of absolute power, female agency and the complexities of complicity ‘ ELLERY LLOYD, New York Times bestselling author
‘Richly imagined’ THE TIMES
‘You won’t find many better literary debuts than this’ NEW EUROPEAN
Sumptuously written… One of the most compelling literary debuts of the yearGLAMOUR
‘Spellbinding’ JANE SHEMLIT
‘Darkly compelling’ STYLIST
‘One of the most original debuts I have read’ DAISY GOODWIN
‘A darkly atmospheric, rich, compulsive and page-turning read’ KATE HAMER
‘An unconventional legal thriller and absorbing debut that is as satisfyingly complex in both its plotting and moral conclusions’ EXPRESS
‘Excellent. Horrifying and immersive with strong characterisation and atmosphere’ HARRIET TYCE
‘Engrossing, evocative, chillingly claustrophobic. Wonderfully written’ KAREN HAMILTON
‘Richly and imaginatively crafted’ IRISH INDEPENDENT
‘A thrilling novel’ OLIVIA VINALL
‘A masterful portrait of a self-made woman who is both devil and angel. Like the real-life dictator’s wives that inspired her, she’s unforgettable’ ANIKA SCOTT

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Reviews

A gripping, intelligent, utterly-of-the-moment thriller
EMMA STONEX, bestselling author of The Lamplighters
A remarkable new talent
ANTHONY HOROWITZ, bestselling author of A Line to Kill
This book is magnificent
CHARLOTTE PHILBY, bestselling author of A Double Life
A captivating story of women's power, love and secrets. As timely and profound as it is unforgettable. The ending left me breathless
LARA PRESCOTT, New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets We Kept
A gripping and moving debut from a talent to watch
HARLAN COBEN
A fascinating exploration of absolute power, female agency and the complexities of complicity. Atmospheric, claustrophobic and so elegantly written
ELLERY LLOYD
A darkly atmospheric, rich, compulsive and page-turning read
KATE HAMER
One of the most original debuts I have read
DAISY GOODWIN
Excellent. Horrifying and immersive with strong characterisation and atmosphere
HARRIET TYCE
Engrossing, evocative, chillingly claustrophobic. Wonderfully written
KAREN HAMILTON
A thrilling novel
OLIVIA VINALL