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A Place to Lie

I’ve always been fascinated by idyllic little villages – what really goes on behind the closed doors of cosy cottages? In Witchwood, deep in the Forest of Dean, where Rebecca Griffiths has set her second novel, there are dark secrets and unspoken threats that will end in a tragedy.

A Place to Lie moves between a golden childhood summer and a present-day shocking stabbing, gradually revealing the connections between two seemingly random acts as Joanna tries to make sense of her sister’s life and death. It’s a brilliantly plotted, twisty thriller. Rebecca Griffiths is a master at revealing character through tiny detail and the tensions of village life give her a perfect canvas to do it.

With a deft touch, Rebecca Griffiths explores the complicated interconnections of village life and the ways that a childhood trauma can impact an adult life. The Guardian calls A Place to Lie ‘tense’ and ‘stylish’ – it’s a great, immersive, beautifully written read with a completely chilling final twist.

Maddie West