Publication Date: 01/04/2021 ISBN: 9780857527387 Category:

Tall Bones

Anna Bailey

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication Date: 01/04/2021 ISBN: 9780857527387 Category:
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A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE MONTH
‘A wonderfully haunting debut.’ JANE HARPER, author of The Dry
‘Irresistible, compelling.’ PAULA HAWKINS, author of The Girl on the Train
‘Vividly realised.’ VAL McDERMID
‘Brilliant.’ SJ WATSON, author of Before I Go to Sleep

When seventeen-year-old Emma leaves her best friend Abi at a party in the woods, she believes, like most girls her age, that their lives are just beginning. Many things will happen that night, but Emma will never see her friend again.

Abi’s disappearance cracks open the facade of the small town of Whistling Ridge, its intimate history of long-held grudges and resentment. Even within Abi’s family, there are questions to be asked – of Noah, the older brother whom Abi betrayed, of Jude, the shining younger sibling who hides his battle scars, of Dolly, her mother and Samuel, her father – both in thrall to the fire and brimstone preacher who holds the entire town in his grasp. Then there is Rat, the outsider, whose presence in the town both unsettles and excites those around him.

Anything could happen in Whistling Ridge, this tinder box of small-town rage, and all it will take is just one spark – the truth of what really happened that night out at the Tall Bones….

‘Tall Bones brilliantly conjures up the oppressive claustrophobia of the small town… Extremely well written… fantastic.’ HARRIET TYCE, author of Blood Orange

‘A clever, twisting debut, about the dark side of small town America. It is packed with secrets like firecrackers ready to ignite.’ FRANCINE TOON, author of Pine

‘[Its portrait of small-town intrigue is scarily credible.’ VAL McDERMID

‘Smart and compassionate, full of poetry and rage and shy hopes and shredded dreams and missing girls and family secrets and the dark, shameful underbelly of small town life.’ TAMMY COHEN, author of Stop at Nothing

‘Tall Bones is as brutal, as bittersweet, as tender and as tense as first love itself.’ EMMA FLINT, author of Little Deaths

‘Tall Bones is as atmospheric as it gets – a stunning debut that delivers on every level.’ RENEE KNIGHT, author of Disclaimer

‘Chilling and compulsive. Tall Bones is a dazzling debut.’ KATE HAMER, author of The Girl in the Red Coat

‘A terrific debut about guilt, secrets and complex family dynamics… Anna Bailey is definitely one to watch.’ LUCY ATKINS, author of Magpie Lane

Publisher Review

Anna Bailey's debut is irresistible, a compelling and nuanced psychological thriller suffused with small town prejudice and dark family secrets. * PAULA HAWKINS, author of The Girl on the Train * With Tall Bones, Anna Bailey bursts onto the scene with a wonderfully haunting debut. Small-town intrigue, exquisitely drawn. * JANE HARPER, author of The Dry and The Lost Man * An intricate and compelling thriller, beautifully nuanced and wonderfully claustrophobic. Brilliant. * SJ WATSON, author of Before I Go to Sleep * 'A clever, twisting debut about the dark side of small town America. It is packed with secrets like firecrackers ready to ignite.' * FRANCINE TOON, author of Pine * 'Anna Bailey writes like a dream about teenage love and lust, the terror of knowledge and the claustrophobia of families and of small towns.Tall Bones is as brutal, as bittersweet, as tender and as tense as first love itself.' * EMMA FLINT, author of Little Deaths * Tall Bones brilliantly conjures up the oppressive claustrophobia of the small town and I felt so strongly about some of the characters that I had to check the ending to make sure they were ok! Extremely well written... fantastic. * HARRIET TYCE, author of Blood Orange * A terrific debut about guilt, secrets and complex family dynamics - the writing is vivid & assured: Anna Bailey is definitely one to watch. * LUCY ATKINS, author of Magpie Lane * Brilliant! Could not put it down. It's utterly gripping and beautifully written. * KATIE FFORDE * Tall Bones is as atmospheric as it gets. Anna writes beautifully and it was so refreshing to experience a different voice - a stunning debut that delivers on every level. Reminded me of Jane Harper's The Dry. * RENEE KNIGHT, author of Disclaimer * Smart and compassionate, full of poetry and rage and shy hopes and shredded dreams and missing girls and family secrets and the dark, shameful underbelly of small town life. * TAMMY COHEN, author of Stop At Nothing * Chilling and compulsive. 'Tall Bones' is a dazzling debut. * KATE HAMER, author of The Girl in the Red Coat * Simmering resentments and long-held prejudices boil over in this beautifully realised evocation of small-town America. In Anna Bailey's deft hands, brutal events are drawn so tenderly that your heart will break. I loved it. * Kate Riordan, author of The Heatwave * Gripping and so beautifully written Tall Bones is spellbinding; dark and menacing, but also so full of love and hope. I loved it. I cried. * CRESSIDA McLAUGHLIN, author of The Cornish Cream Tea Christmas * An elegant, mesmerizing debut-Anna Bailey explores festering secrets and family trauma with a sharp, yet tender gaze. This book reads like a whisper in the dark. * DANYA KUKAFKA, author of Girl in Snow *

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