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Sarah Pinborough

UK flag (b.1972)

aka Sarah Silverwood

Sarah Pinborough was born in 1972 in Buckinghamshire, and now lives just a few miles away after a childhood travelling all over the world (her father, now retired, was a diplomat) . . . until, aged eight, she packed her trunk and left the Middle East for a ten-year stretch in boarding school. The memories provide her with much material for her horror and supernatural thrillers . .

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Fantasy, Historical Mystery, Young Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Nowhere Chronicles (as by Sarah Silverwood)
   1. The Double-edged Sword (2010)
   2. The Traitor's Gate (2011)
   3. The London Stone (2012)
Tales From the Kingdoms
   1. Poison (2013)
   2. Charm (2013)
   3. Beauty (2013)
Dr Thomas Bond
   1. Mayhem (2013)
   2. Murder (2014)
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
   Waiting For October (2007) (with Adam Pepper, Jeff Strand and Jeffrey Thomas)
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2006) : The Reckoning
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2007) : Breeding Ground
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2008) : The Taken
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (2013) : A Necessary End

Sarah Pinborough recommends
Bird Box (2014)
(Bird Box , book 1)
Josh Malerman
"Uniquely disturbing, exceptionally compelling and beautifully written, I defy anyone not to read it in one sitting."
The Plea (2016)
(Eddie Flynn, book 2)
Steve Cavanagh
"Steve Cavanagh is the John Grisham for a new generation."
What You Don't Know (2017)
JoAnn Chaney
"A masterclass in character study, a beautifully woven story, and truly chilling at its core, this is a literary crime novel not to be missed!"
Ararat (2017)
(Ben Walker, book 1)
Christopher Golden
"Christopher Golden’s Ararat blends modern politics and age-old superstitions into a claustrophobic snowstorm that will leave you terrified. Part psychological horror, part supernatural thriller, Ararat is a masterclass in supernatural suspense. Don't read it before bed!"
Exquisite (2017)
Sarah Stovell
"Exquisite is a powerful and assured debut thriller. Slickly claustrophobic and delicately wrought this arch story of obsessive forbidden love taken to the extreme will have you squirming in your seat even as you're driven to turn the next page. A must-read for 2017."
After the Fire (2017)
Will Hill
"Absorbing, gripping and darkly's a must-read novel!."
The Forgotten Girl (2017)
Rio Youers
"A page-turner of a novel with concepts that twist your mind, characters that tug at your heartstrings, and a narrative that leaves you breathless. The Forgotten Girl is a supernatural thriller that will ensure you never forget Rio Youers."
Bloody January (2017)
(Harry McCoy, book 1)
Alan Parks
"A blistering plot, unforgettable characters and writing so sharp it's like it's been written with a knife . . . Detective McCoy is a true noir antihero and the perfect guide through the vice and violence of Glasgow's underbelly. Bloody January firmly sets Alan Parks in the same league as Ian Rankin and Louise Welsh."
The Chalk Man (2018)
C J Tudor
"What a great book. A twisty thriller and downright creepy ending. 5 stars."
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (2018)
Stuart Turton
"Darkly comic, mind-blowingly twisty, and with a cast of fantastically odd characters, this is a locked room mystery like no other."
The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder (2018)
Sarah J Harris
"Funny and tragic and brave… a beautiful, original novel."
Nightfall Berlin (2018)
(Tom Fox, book 2)
Jack Grimwood
"A powerful new voice in thriller writing."
Snap (2018)
Belinda Bauer
"Snap is the best kind of crime novel - it gives you chills, it makes you think, and it touches your heart. I loved it!"
The Anomaly (2018)
(Anomaly Files, book 1)
Michael Rutger
"THE ANOMALY crackles with claustrophobic tension that had me holding my breath. Sharp dialogue, a dizzying central plot, and a real sense of dread throughout. I couldn't sleep until I'd finished reading, and then I couldn't sleep just thinking about it. I loved it. Michael Rutger is here to stay."
The Winters (2018)
Lisa Gabriele
"The Winters echoes the classic Rebecca but is a beautifully crafted, haunting thriller of its own that defies expectations at every turn. I read straight through, breathless to the killer final pages. A brilliant achievement."
We Can See You (2018)
Simon Kernick
"An emotionally punchy domestic noir blended with the pace and action of a high-octane thriller, We Can See You will keep you breathlessly on the edge of your seat, wondering which character you can trust, if any at all, until the final brilliant twist! A #WTFthatending indeed!"
Blood Orange (2019)
Harriet Tyce
"Harriet Tyce brings a new layer of visceral, addictive dark to domestic noir... At once shocking and riveting, I simply couldn't stop reading. Bravo."
My Lovely Wife (2019)
Samantha Downing
"An assured and deliciously engrossing debut. You'll surely devour My Lovely Wife, but it will linger long after you've reached the last page."
The Whisper Man (2019)
Alex North
"Beautifully crafted, heart-rending and spine-tinglingly chilling, the Whisper Man is a thrilling tour de force. Assured and compelling, I can't wait to see what Alex North does next."
Eden (2020)
Tim Lebbon
"Smart, prescient and gripping, Tim Lebbon's Eden takes us, and his team of adventurers, into the dark, pulsing heart of nature, and we all get far more than we bargained for. This near future eco-thriller puts Lebbon at the top of the tree. Read it. And then recycle."
The Guest List (2020)
Lucy Foley
"A very modern Agatha Christie for the new roaring 20s . . . secrets and lies at every turn."
The Holdout (2020)
Graham Moore
"Quite the tour de force! Twelve Angry Men meets Chinatown and creates something of its own."
The Deep (2020)
Alma Katsu
"At once both tragic and chilling, The Deep perfectly blends psychological thriller and eerie gothic ghost story to create something truly haunting, drawing you down into its dark depths before finally letting you up for air. Set in the claustrophobic confines of two doomed ships in their final days, Katsu’s excellently researched new novel establishes her as a unique voice in historical fiction. I can’t wait to see what she does next."
A Tidy Ending (2020)
Joanna Cannon
"I absolutely loved it.. A serial killer, a traumatised woman, the quirkiest of characters, such perfect observational writing - she's a superstar."
A Knock at the Door (2020)
T W Ellis
"Riveting, twisty as all hell, and very, very clever, A Knock at the Door is a rollercoaster ride of brilliance. TW Ellis is a superb thriller writer: breakneck speed action, tight plotting, characters to root for, Ellis has it all. Bravo!"
What Lies Between Us (2020)
John Marrs
"An excellent psychological thriller. A one-sitting read about a daughter who keeps her mother locked in the attic. Twisty, moving, and chilling."
Hinton Hollow Death Trip (2020)
(Detective Sergeant Pace, book 3)
Will Carver
"Stunningly original, breathtaking in its boldness...the finest literary crime novel you will read for years."
The Perfect Couple (2020)
Lisa Hall
"The Perfect Couple is the perfect summer read. A classy thriller that’s stylish, twisty and full of suspense, Hall’s novel is garnished with echoes of the classics such as Rebecca and Gaslight, but is very much a delicious cocktail all of its own."
The Eighth Detective (2020)
Alex Pavesi
"So, so clever. A twisty story and an education in the math of murder mysteries. Agatha Christie would take her hat off to this one. Bravo!"
The Thursday Murder Club (2020)
(Thursday Murder Club, book 1)
Richard Osman
"Utterly charming and very, very clever. Exactly what you'd expect from Richard Osman writing a crime novel."
Little Bones (2020)
N V Peacock
"An exciting new voice in thriller fiction. Little Bones is a gripping read!"
The Last House on Needless Street (2021)
Catriona Ward
"The new face of literary dark fiction."
Mirrorland (2021)
Carole Johnstone
"An intricate, brilliant puzzle of a novel where past and present, fantasy and reality, are all clues that one twin must decipher to uncover the fate of her missing sister and the secrets of their shared past. It's Gone Girl meets Rebecca...atmospheric, tightly plotted and utterly gripping, a must read for fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn."
A Dark and Secret Place (2021)
Jen Williams
"Reminiscent of Sharp Objects, this chilling British serial killer thriller had me gripped. Filled with tension and twists, Jen Williams manages to deftly unravel the killer’s dark and deadly secrets to an ending that you won’t see coming."
Something More Than Night (2021)
Kim Newman
"Movies, monsters and Kim Newman's sharp wit – what a treat!"
Truly, Darkly, Deeply (2022)
Victoria Selman
"A twisty psychological thriller that goes to the heart of how and who we love. Can't wait to see what Selman does next."
Daisy Darker (2022)
Alice Feeney
"Wow! Echoes of Christie's And Then There Were None but turned into something wonderfully original. This takes Feeney to the next level. LOVED IT!"

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