It’s Friday and Catriona McPherson is back with another chilling, beautifully crafted, heart-racingly twisty thriller. Strangers at the Gate is the story of a relationship’s inevitable and horrifying unravelling. It follows an Edinburgh-based couple who are offered what seems like the dream deal: new jobs and a house (in a valley town which is every bit as spooky and isolated as gothic crime fans could hope for). What seems like an opportunity for a fresh start soon turns into a nightmare when the couple witness a horrifying event, which throws everything they’ve ever known into doubt and causes them to question everything they’ve ever took for granted – including each other.
Packed to the brim with terrible secrets and shot through with a simmering feeling of dread, Strangers at the Gate is the perfect psychological thriller to curl up with on an early spring evening – and every bit as brilliant as McPherson’s previous novel, Go to my Grave. Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Karin Slaughter.
Who do you turn to, when everyone's a stranger and you stop believing what your own eyes see?
Finnie Doyle and Paddy Lamb are leaving city life in Edinburgh behind them and moving to the little town of Simmerton. Paddy has landed a partnership in a local solicitors and Finnie's snagged a job as a church deacon. Their rented cottage is quaint; their new colleagues are charming, and they can't believe their luck.
But witnessing the bloody aftermath of a brutal murder changes everything. They've each been keeping secrets about their pasts. And they both know their precious new start won't survive a scandal. Together, for the best of reasons, they make the worst decision of their lives.
And that's only the beginning. The deep, deep valley where Simmerton sits is unlike anywhere Finn and Paddy have been before. They are not the only ones hiding in its shadow and very soon they've lost control of the game they decided to play...
Praise for Catriona McPherson:
'An unnerving and suspenseful novel' Karin Slaughter
'Just the right mixture of spookiness and mystery' James Oswald
'A gripping thriller' Ian Rankin
'A Gothic feast of a novel, this is a country house book with a difference: contemporary, punchy and disturbing, but using the tricks and twists of the best of Christie' Ann Cleeves
'Go To My Grave is both a classic 'country house mystery' and a thriller. Atmospheric, with mind-bending twists, a narrator who may or may not be reliable, and an ending that will take your breath away and leave you astonished' Louise Penny
' . . . drew me in from the very first page, and I stayed up late reading it because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. That's the definition of a good book' Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
'A tale that shivers with suspense' The New York Times