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Sarah Hilary

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Sarah Hilary lives in Bath with her husband and daughter, where she writes quirky copy for a well-loved travel publisher. She's also worked as a bookseller, and with the Royal Navy. An award-winning short story writer, Sarah won the Cheshire Prize for Literature in 2012.

Genres: Mystery
Anthologies edited
Macavity Awards Best First Book nominee (2015) : Someone Else's Skin
Barry Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2016) : No Other Darkness

Sarah Hilary recommends
I'm Travelling Alone (2015)
(Holger Munch & Mia Kruger, book 1)
Samuel Bjørk
"Icy landscapes, mysterious clues, a messed up heroine . . . Nordic noir at its delicious best."
Tall Oaks (2016)
Chris Whitaker
"Noir has an anarchic new voice."
Her Husband's Lover (2017)
Julia Crouch
"Taut and twisty, and full of surprises. I loved it."
Rattle (2017)
(DS Fitzroy, book 1)
Fiona Cummins
"A creepy crime debut with shades of Babadook about it . . . I think it will be huge."
The Roanoke Girls (2017)
Amy Engel
"Deeply, darkly twisted. I loved it."
The Night Visitor (2017)
Lucy Atkins
"It put me in mind of Misery and Rebecca. Splendidly tense, creepy and enjoyable."
Give Me the Child (2017)
Mel McGrath
"Hugely addictive and highly recommended."
This is How it Ends (2018)
Eva Dolan
"Stupendous. The thriller comes of age."
Our Little Cruelties (2020)
Liz Nugent
"A proper rollicking family saga EPIC of a story shot through with black humour, toxic truths and pathos. Brava."
The Shadow Friend (2020)
Alex North
"No one does 'Dark with a Heart like Alex North."
Imperfect Women (2020)
Araminta Hall
"It's been clear from the start that Araminta Hall has a talent for telling unpalatable truths and Imperfect Women is no exception. Expertly peels the layers from the everyday lies we tell each other, and ourselves."
The Thursday Murder Club (2020)
(Thursday Murder Club, book 1)
Richard Osman
"I knew The Thursday Murder Club would be funny, and suspected it would be whip-smart, but I didn't expect to fall so hard for the wonderful cast of characters. Bravo."
The Searcher (2020)
Tana French
"This is a tour de force of suspense and storytelling. Comes closer to perfection than anything I've read in the last decade."
Body Language (2020)
(Cassie Raven, book 1)
A K Turner
"What a start to a new series, full of verve and acutely perceptive on grief and human relationships. Cassie Raven is a blast of fresh air, striding onto the crime scene like a punk superstar, ready to shake things up."
The Push (2020)
Claire McGowan
"Smart, sassy, and satisfyingly twisty."
The Jigsaw Man (2021)
(Inspector Angelica Henley, book 1)
Nadine Matheson
"Crime fiction has a significant new star."
Watch Her Fall (2021)
Erin Kelly
"A triumph of storytelling, full of swooping passion and explosive twists that will take your breath away. I was entranced from the first page, losing my heart to the characters and swept up in their stories which were seamlessly intertwined in the way only a writer at the height of her powers can achieve. An absolute joy of a book."
The Killing Kind (2021)
Jane Casey
"Heart-stopping twists and a seriously satisfying ending."
Emily Noble's Disgrace (2021)
Mary Paulson-Ellis
"This book is a swoon and slither of silk with the grit of salt underneath. Mary Paulson-Ellis is a genius at peeling away the layers and slowly, skilfully putting flesh on the bones of an extraordinary, sinuous story."
The Origins of Iris (2021)
Beth Lewis
"Evocative and unexpected, tender and fierce, The Origins of Iris is unlike any other thriller I've read in years . . . Outstanding."
The Key in the Lock (2022)
Beth Underdown
"I was captivated by the characters, the story and the sinuous, seamless plotting."
The Interview (2022)
C M Ewan
"I can't stop thinking about The Interview. I loved it."
First Born (2022)
Will Dean
"Will Dean writes a mean thriller, with a keen ear for what scares us. The streets of New York shine off the page, and the action rarely lets up. Highly recommended."
A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting (2022)
Sophie Irwin
"Very clever and hugely entertaining."
The Blood Flower (2022)
(Leo Stanhope, book 4)
Alex Reeve
"Exceptional-you hear and smell and taste Victorian London-while the themes are thoughly up to date."

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