It’s so good to be able to use that old adage ‘Good things come to those who wait’ as I first came across Siobhan MacDonald’s writing five or so years ago. She had written a thriller set in Ireland and New York, and I loved it, but at the time circumstances dictated that I couldn’t acquire it for Constable and so it went elsewhere. But I never forgot . . .
And so a year ago, Siobhan and her latest, Guilty, came my way – and this time I was in a position to snap it up as I remembered her and how much I enjoyed her psychological thrillers. And again, Guilty does not disappoint. Set solely in Ireland this time, this suspenseful tale centres around heart surgeon Luke Forde and how over the course of a weekend his life spirals into chaos. It begins with the word Guilty painted on his boathouse, followed by a chilling notice in the local newspaper announcing a death. When this is followed by the delivery of a small, coffin-shaped package, Luke is terrified. Someone knows his secret. And now, someone is out to get him.
It’s wonderfully creepy and compelling so go on – and spoil yourself at the weekend. Nothing to feel guilty about!
'Meticulous and unsettling... a terrifyingly dark, twisty thriller, skilfully plotted and stylishly written' Irish Times
THE PERFECT LIFE
Doctor Luke Forde has the perfect life. A respected heart surgeon, he has a rewarding job, a successful wife, and a daughter, Nina. From their beautiful house overlooking Carberry Lough in County Clare, they present a portrait of family bliss. But over the course of a weekend, Luke's life spirals into chaos.
A GUILTY SECRET
It begins with the word 'GUILTY' painted on his boathouse one morning. Then he spots a chilling notice in the local newspaper. When this is followed by the delivery of a small coffin-shaped package, Luke is terrified. Someone knows the dark secret he is hiding. And someone is out to get him.
SOMEBODY WANTS REVENGE
Luke begins to be plagued by horrifying anonymous messages, and it transpires that it's not only Luke the sender is intending to harm. With strange things happening in the operating theatre, Alison's political ambitions straining their marriage, and Nina's behaviour sparking all sorts of trouble, Luke turns to therapist Terence Black. Is the therapist the only one that can save Luke and his family from the horrendous secrets of the past?
A twisty and compelling psychological suspense novel set in Ireland, from ebook-bestselling author Siobhan MacDonald. Perfect for fans of Dervla McTiernan and Andrea Carter.
Praise for Siobhan MacDonald:
'Dark and twisted' Alex Marwood, Edgar Award winning author of The Wicked Girls
'A classy and cleverly plotted psychological thriller that grips from page one . . . delivering an absolute zinger of a twist' Irish Independent
'An unsettling, suspenseful tale of heartbreak and revenge. I flew through it' Andrea Carter, author of the Inishowen mysteries
'Gripping, surprising, and terrifically rewarding' Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats
'Evocative and richly detailed' Kimberley McCreight, author of the New York Times bestseller Reconstructing Amelia and Where They Found Her
'Explosive . . . studded with dark revelations' Kirkus Reviews
'Skillfully wrought' Booklist
'Masterly control of mood and scene' Chicago Tribune