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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781472280121

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 11th April 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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**The jaw-dropping new thriller from Sunday Times and Kindle #1 bestseller Harriet Tyce**

‘Harriet’s best so far.’ Sophie Hannah
Nothing short of unputdownable. One of the best openings I’ve read in forever. Alex Michaelides
A dizzyingly satisfying page-turner.’ Sarah Pinborough
‘Sizzlingly addictive’ Heat

They say you can’t always get what you want. But you can take it.

Anna wants a fresh start. She doesn’t believe she deserves it, but after three years behind bars she has finally paid her dues. Most of them, anyway.

Lucy craves the attention of the only man she can’t have, her alluring Oxford professor. He’s married – not for the first time. Maybe she should be next in line?

Marie the recluse has been locked up for too long. She’s not ready to be free, but some rules are meant to be broken.

Everyone wants a perfect life. But not everyone is prepared to take it.

Unless someone decides to teach them a lesson.

Praise for Harriet Tyce:

‘Utterly compelling… I couldn’t put it down’
Lisa Jewell

‘A classy thriller with complex and compelling characters’ Clare Mackintosh

‘A triumphant encore […] intriguing, well-written and addictive’ Sara Collins

‘Totally addictive – I was gripped’ Sophie Hannah

‘Gripping’ Daily Mail

‘Twists that keep you frantically turning the pages’ Sunday Mirror

‘Impossible to put down’ Independent

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One of the best openings I've read in forever. I devoured it.
Alex Michaelides
Superb, twisty plotting that's sure to keep readers guessing until the very end
Femi Kayode
A juicy, sophisticated, layered and intelligent read for the crime fiction connoisseur. Harriet's best so far.
Sophie Hannah
Absolutely page turning
Louise Hare
Excellent, gripping, chilling, clever
Trevor Wood
A deliciously sinister tale of revenge and redemption, with heart-in-mouth tension and head-spinning twists. This is Tyce at her spine-tingling best.
Ellery Lloyd
A Lesson in Cruelty is a lesson in craftmanship. A dizzyingly satisfying page-turner and an exploration of redemption and damnation. Harriet Tyce at her best!
Sarah Pinborough
Thought provoking and intense, these three cleverly interlocking stories come together in a tense and intriguing finale. I raced through it!
Sam Holland
Mysterious and beautifully-constructed with an electrifying pace and dark undercurrents, A Lesson in Cruelty is a white-knuckle, gripping read.
Heather Critchlow
Compelling, sinister and powerful, A Lesson In Cruelty gripped me from the first page.
Caroline Hulse
Compulsive, dark and smart, A Lesson in Cruelty delivers on every level. Justice, revenge and punishment are meted out and questioned throughout this twisty, terrifying thriller with a heart.
Gilly Macmillan