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The Good Ones

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781408717219

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 6th June 2023

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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On a hot August day, Lauren Ballard mysteriously vanished from her home, leaving signs of a violent struggle.

Sixteen years on, still haunted by her friend’s disappearance, Nicola Bennett returns to her hometown. For Nicola, Tyndall County has remained frozen in time. Everywhere she turns she’s reminded of Lauren. Yet startlingly, her former friends and neighbours have all moved on.

Nicola begins to trace over the events of that summer, hoping to discover a clue to Lauren’s fate. Deep down she knows the answers are tucked in the hollows and valleys of this rural Virginia county.

But as secrets come to light and the truth begins to unravel, will Nicola finally break free of the past – or lose herself completely in the questions she can never answer?

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Smartly suspenseful and knife-sharp . . . In these pages, those who stay behind have as many secrets as those who go missing, and I couldn't stop reading until I'd untangled every mystery
Sara Flannery Murphy, author of GIRL ONE
A fantastic achievement. A classic Southern Gothic tale told through the prism of modern-day sensibilities. Not to be missed
S. A. Cosby, author of RAZORBLADE TEARS
Reminiscent of Gone Girl with elements of Yellowjackets thrown in
Eli Cranor, author of DON'T KNOW TOUGH
A riveting debut crime novel that's loaded with elements that readers will love - powerful characters, a fraught homecoming, and twists galore. I really enjoyed reading this - and I'm certain I won't be alone in that.
Alex Segura, author of SECRET IDENTITY
A stunning achievement. With gorgeous writing, a compelling, flawed protagonist whose journey is so authentic, and an intricate mystery in which everyone is a suspect, this debut is captivating. The twists and turns are seamless and subtle . . . a mind-blowing ending
Samantha M. Bailey, author of WOMAN ON THE EDGE
Sharp, smart and often sexy, The Good Ones is a knockout . . . the many raw secrets of Tyndall County that make this novel unique, clever, and compelling
Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of THE HEATHENS
Bold, beautiful, savage and stunning. The Good Ones is a taut thriller, an elegant exploration of loss and the haunt of past mistakes, and a true page-turning mystery. I adored it.
Chris Whitaker, bestselling author of WE BEGIN AT THE END
Stylish and totally compelling . . . as concerned with finding a missing woman as it is with challenging our assumptions about motherhood. I loved it!
Darcey Bell, author of A SIMPLE FAVOR
A haunting, gorgeously rendered portrayal . . . A riveting, unflinching exploration of adolescent female friendships, small-town pressures to conform, and the true crime lover's tendency to conflate empathy and voyeurism, The Good Ones drew me in from the first lines and still hasn't released me, days after finishing. I envy readers opening Polly Stewart's beautiful, assured novel for the first time
Katie Gutierrez, author of Radio 2 Book Club pick MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW
Dark, suspenseful and thought-provoking . . . kept me turning pages late into the night
Alison Buccola, author of CATCH HER WHEN SHE FALLS