The House of Ashes (Hardcover)

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A new beginning is always good, Sara was happy to leave all of her troubles behind. A brand new home close to her adoring husband's family...idyllic. Until, she's in this new home and essentially can't get out. Why won't the stain disappear in front of the stove? Why is everyone afraid of her husband's father? Who is Mary? This home holds terrible secrets, secrets Sara cannot let rest. Someone has to take care of the children after all.
—Tracie, Snail Readers Circle 

— From Readers Circle Recommendations


For fans of Gillian Flynn and Tana French, a chilling story of a Northern Irish murder sixty years buried

Sara Keane's husband, Damien, has uprooted them from England and moved them to his native Northern Ireland for a "fresh start" in the wake of her nervous breakdown. Sara, who knows no one in Northern Ireland, is jobless, carless, friendless--all but a prisoner in her own house. When a blood-soaked old woman beats on the door, insisting the house is hers before being bundled back to her care facility, Sara begins to understand the house has a terrible history her husband never intended for her to discover. As the two women form a bond over their shared traumas, Sara finds the strength to stand up to her abuser, and Mary--silent for six decades--is finally ready to tell her story . . .

Through the counterpoint voices--one modern Englishwoman, one Northern Irish farmgirl speaking from half a century earlier--Stuart Neville offers a chilling and gorgeous portrait of violence and resilience in this truly haunting narrative.

About the Author

Stuart Neville, the "king of Belfast noir" (The Guardian), is the author of the short story collection The Traveller, as well as nine novels, for which he has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and been shortlisted for the Edgar, Macavity, Dilys, Barry, and Anthony Awards as well as the CWA Steel Dagger. He lives near Belfast.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781616957414
ISBN-10: 1616957417
Publisher: Soho Crime
Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English