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All the Hidden Truths

(2018)
(The first book in the DI Helen Birch series)
A novel by

 
 
Selected by the Sunday Times as one of the 40 best crime novels published 2015-2020

WINNER OF THE MCILVANNEY DEBUT PRIZE

LONGLISTED FOR THE MCILVANNEY PRIZE SCOTTISH CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR
SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA GOLD DAGGER AND CWA JOHN CREASEY (NEW BLOOD) AWARDS

'(a) meticulous and compelling novel about the aftermath of a major crime and its effect on the affected families and investigating officers both.' Ian Rankin

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In the aftermath of a tragedy, the world needs an explanation.

In Edinburgh, after the Three Rivers College shooting, some things are clear.

They know who. They know when.

No one can say why.

For three women the lack of answers is unbearable: DI Helen Birch, the detective charged with solving the case. Ishbel, the mother of the first victim, struggling to cope with her grief. And Moira, mother of the killer, who needs to understand what happened to her son.

But as people search for someone to blame, the truth seems to vanish...

From a prizewinning poet, ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS is a searing, compelling and powerful debut.

'As scarily plausible as it is utterly captivating, this is an absorbing and unforgettable debut.' Heat

'Raw, powerful, compassionate and deeply moving, with page-turning tension to the end. A stunning debut.' Karen Robinson, Sunday Times Crime Club

'You'll be gripped by the unexpected truths that emerge. Compelling.' Marie Claire

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A gripping, thought provoking and ultimately uplifting crime debut. I love that this book, which focusses on a crime against women, is itself about women and not the man that committed the crime. A story of how, when something terrible happens, you might start to pick up some of the tiny little pieces of your life and try to find a way through. The story, the characters and the city are all vivid and utterly alive and they left me feeling angry and full of adrenaline and love." - Lucy Ayrton

"Emotionally engrossing, morally challenging, horribly topical." - Tammy Cohen

"This is a such a clever, brave book. Askew looks unflinchingly at the unimaginable, but her writing is wrought with compassion. It's as heart-rending as it is gripping." - Sabine Durrant

"There's so much to enjoy about this compelling debut. The three different viewpoints really pulled me in to the story, and got me thinking about the nature of victimhood as well as collective social responsibility. This is a timely, relevant, and thought-provoking novel." - Sarah Franklin

"A novel so shockingly current that it seems to fictionalise the world even as it changes around us." - Shelley Harris

"Gripping, heartbreaking and horrifyingly plausible. I couldn't tear myself away from this book. Claire Askew is a stunning new voice in crime fiction." - Erin Kelly


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Used availability for Claire Askew's All the Hidden Truths

Hardback Editions

August 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: All the Hidden Truths: one shocking crime: three women need answers
Author(s): Claire Askew
ISBN: 1-4736-7302-X / 978-1-4736-7302-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: All the Hidden Truths: one shocking crime: three women need answers: Winner of the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Debut of the Year!
Author(s): Claire Askew
ISBN: 1-4736-7304-6 / 978-1-4736-7304-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


August 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: All the Hidden Truths: Winner of the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Debut of the Year! (DI Birch)
Author(s): Claire Askew
ISBN: 1-4736-7303-8 / 978-1-4736-7303-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

April 2019 : UK Audio CD

Title: All The Hidden Truths
Author(s): Claire Askew
ISBN: 1-4450-7822-8 / 978-1-4450-7822-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2019 : UK Audio CD

Title: All The Hidden Truths
Author(s): Claire Askew
ISBN: 1-4450-7823-6 / 978-1-4450-7823-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: All the Hidden Truths
Author(s): Claire Askew
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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August 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: All the Hidden Truths
Author(s): Claire Askew
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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August 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: All the Hidden Truths
Author(s): Claire Askew
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: All the Hidden Truths
Author(s): Claire Askew
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: All the Hidden Truths: Winner of the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Debut of the Year!
Author(s): Claire Askew
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: All the Hidden Truths: Winner of the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Debut of the Year! (DI Birch)
Author(s): Claire Askew
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU