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The Empty Room

This week we published The Empty Room by Brian McGilloway.  This is neither a Ben Devlin or Lucy Black continuation but as with The Last Crossing which won a Highly Commended Theakston’s Award last year, a powerful and devastating standalone thriller, told from the point of view of a mother whose daughter has disappeared.

Pandora – Dora – Condron wakes one morning to discover her 17-year old daughter Ellie, has not come home after a party. So Dora does the usual things: rings around Ellie’s friends… but no one knows where she is.  Her panic growing, Dora tries the local hospitals and art college where Ellie is a student – but then the police arrive on her doorstep with the news her daughter’s handbag has been discovered dumped in a layby.  And so begins Dora’s ordeal of waiting and not knowing what has become of her girl.

The Empty Room has already obtained fantastic pre-publication praise from Brian’s peers, and he is planning many events around the publication date, in Ireland and London and in Edinburgh for Aye Write, but if you can’t catch him at any of those, Brian will be at Harrogate this year – Covid being the reason for his absence back in 2021.  But I urge you to pick up a copy of The Empty Room and see what the fuss is all about – and why John Connolly has called it ‘unmissable’, while Chris Whitaker described it as, ‘Searing and heartbreaking’.

Krystyna Green