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A Dark and Secret Place

(2020)
(Dog Rose Dirt)
A novel by

 
 
‘Creepy and compelling’ HARRIET TYCE
‘Brilliant – filled with tension and twists’ SARAH PINBOROUGH
‘An unsettling, terrifying thriller’ ABIGAIL DEAN
‘Masterclass in suspense’ THE TIMES
‘Will have you up all night with the lights on’ ELLE

What if your mother had been writing to a serial killer?

A convicted murderer with a story to tell
 
Serial killer Michael Reave – known as The Red Wolf – has been locked in Belmarsh Prison for over 20 years for the brutal and ritualistic murders of countless women.
 
A grieving daughter with a secret to unearth
 
Ex-journalist Heather Evans returns to her childhood home after her mother’s inexplicable suicide and discovers something chilling – hundreds of letters between her mother and Reave, dating back decades.
 
A hunt for a killer ready to strike again

When the body of a woman is found decorated with flowers, just like his victims, Reave is the only person alive who could help. After years of silence, he will speak to Heather, and only Heather.

If she wants to unearth the truth and stop further bloodshed, she’ll have to confront a monster.

PRAISE FOR DOG ROSE DIRT:
‘One of the creepiest serial killer thrillers I’ve encountered in a long time’ AMY MCCULLOCH
‘I read it heart in mouth’ HARRIET TYCE
‘Terrifying, fun and insightful’ NATHAN RIPLEY
‘Taut and stylish’ E.G. SCOTT
‘Brimming with secrets’ MEGAN COLLINS
‘Reminiscent of SHARP OBJECTS’ SARAH PINBOROUGH
‘Strangely beautiful, powerful and disturbing.’ HEAT
‘Chilling’ BELLA

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A clever, chilling crime novel with a perplexing mystery, compelling storytelling and vivid characters." - Jane Casey

"It’s dark as a Grimm fairy tale and brimming with secrets. With its terrifying story of a serial killer, and the woman who’s recently uncovered her mother’s connection to him, this novel will appeal to – and deeply chill – fans of true crime." - Megan Collins

"An unsettling pastoral thriller, which grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Part-Midsommar, part-Hereditary, part-Mindhunter – and entirely terrifying." - Abigail Dean

"Masterfully plotted and heart-poundingly tense, Jen Williams combines British folklore, cults, and the most chilling serial killer to grace the page in years – creating a thriller that's both mesmerising, and utterly terrifying." - Katie Lowe

"A tense, gripping and original read, with one of the creepiest serial killers I’ve encountered in a long time." - Amy McCulloch

"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." - Sarah Pinborough

"Intense and with a seam of gallows humour, Dog Rose Dirt is terrifying, fun, and insightful." - Nathan Ripley

"I couldn’t stop reading Dog Rose Dirt once I started. WOW." - Jennifer Saint

"A taut and stylish thriller … Riveting from the first page." - E G Scott

"Creepy and compelling, [Dog Rose Dirt] is a truly disturbing take on a serial killer narrative. I read it heart in mouth!" - Harriet Tyce


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September 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Dog Rose Dirt: a gripping new debut serial killer crime thriller that will keep you up all night
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ISBN: 0-00-838379-0 / 978-0-00-838379-4 (UK edition)
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Title: A Dark and Secret Place: A Novel
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Title: Dog Rose Dirt: a gripping new debut serial killer crime thriller that will keep you up all night
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Title: Dog Rose Dirt: a gripping new debut serial killer crime thriller that will keep you up all night
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Title: A Dark and Secret Place
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Title: A Dark and Secret Place
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Title: A Dark and Secret Place
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July 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Dog Rose Dirt: a gripping new debut serial killer crime thriller that will keep you up all night
Author(s): Jen Williams
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


June 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Dark and Secret Place: A Novel
Author(s): Jen Williams
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA