Gilly Macmillan grew up in Wiltshire, and was pleasantly surprised when her family moved to California when she was a teenager. She studied History of Art at Bristol University before doing an MA in Modern British Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her career path has included working at the Burlington Magazine, the Hayward Gallery and teaching photography at a sixth-form college in Swindon. Her favourite job was working in a café opposite Keplers bookshop in Menlo Park, CA. She currently lives in Bristol with her husband Julian and their three children.
Gilly MacMillan recommends
Stasi Child (2015)
(Oberleutnant Karen Muller, book 1)
"Deft, assured storytelling, a compelling new detective and a fascinating setting - I was up late to finish it!"
The Marsh King's Daughter (2017)
"I was absolutely gripped. What a fresh novel, and so expertly plotted and wonderfully well written. I loved the narrative voice, and thought the balance of beautifully drawn and compelling character study and heart-pounding action was absolutely superb. A real tour-de-force."
The Blackbird Season (2017)
"The Blackbird Season pulls off a very difficult thing: it's nail-biting and thought-provoking all at once. It's a rare that a book can make you turn pages like your life depends on it, but also give you food for thought because the characters are so perfectly drawn. A stunning achievement from an extremely talented writer."
The Wife Between Us (2018)
Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
"The Wife Between Us delivers a whipsmart, twisty plot in a taut, pacy narrative. It's terrific and troubling. This is one scary love triangle where you won't know who to trust. I loved it."
An Unwanted Guest (2018)
"An intriguing cast, an isolated location, a raging storm and the threat of death in every dark corner: An Unwanted Guest reads like Agatha Christie with a shot of adrenalin. Clear your desk before you start it because you won’t want to put it down."
A Place to Lie (2018)
"I loved the contrasting settings, the vivid depictions of the Welsh community and landscape, the backdrop of isolation and fear that permeates every page, and the gnawing sense of uncertainty Rebecca succeeds in making you feel about just about everything and everybody you encounter in the book. Beautifully written, it's a truly chilling and impressive debut."
And Then She Vanishes (2019)
"Lifts the stone on a cold case disappearance and asks chilling questions about friendship, loyalty, love and obsession. It's twisty, tense and brimming with atmosphere. I raced to the end."
The Other Mrs (2019)
"The Other Mrs. is Mary Kubica's most twisty, unpredictable and atmospheric thriller yet. Inscrutable, intriguing characters and a perfectly sinister setting create an insidious sense of dread that propels you to the very startling conclusion."
The Playground (2019)
"Beautifully written and suffused with dread. Jane Shemilt's domestic settings are seductively vivid, and the final outcome is profoundly shocking and terrifying."
Darling Rose Gold (2020)
"Two extraordinary narrators drive the nail-biting action in this sensational, compulsively readable debut. A tour de force of captivating psychological suspense."
The Silent Treatment (2020)
"In her tremendously moving debut, a novel that pulses with emotional tension, Abbie Greaves masterfully unpicks a history of ordinary lives facing extraordinary challenges. I found it impossible to look away from the relationship at the heart of this novel."
This Is How I Lied (2020)
"Heather Gudenkauf[is] the master of the smart, suspenseful small-town thriller."
The Damage (2021)
"Smart, suspenseful and timely, this accomplished debut takes us on a journey through the emotional fall-out from one ugly night in a small town."
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