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All the Hidden Truths

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

 
 
Awards
Dagger Awards Best Book (nominee)
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

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(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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