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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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‘Stunning . . . a true page-turning mystery. I adored it’

CHRIS WHITAKER, author of We Begin at the End

An irresistible mystery, superbly crafted’

ANNA BAILEY, author of Tall Bones

‘Compelling . . . I read it in a single sitting’

HAYLEY SCRIVENOR, author of Dirt Town

‘Gripping . . . an ending I never saw coming’

ANA REYES, author of The House in the Pines


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?

A page-turning mystery simmering with secrets and suspense, perfect for fans of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave.

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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
The friendship at the heart of this gripping mystery is among the darkest and most complicated relationships I've read. The Good Ones had me suspecting everyone in Tyndall County, only to be proven wrong by an ending I never saw coming. Polly Stewart is an author to watch.
Ana Reyes, author of Reese's Book Club pick THE HOUSE IN THE PINES
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
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
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
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
An irresistible mystery, superbly crafted with all the stealth and intrigue of the best Southern Gothics
Anna Bailey, author of Sunday Times bestseller TALL BONES
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
Polly Stewart's haunting and menacing novel is an event of voice, and a compelling mystery that probes the dark places our minds go when a woman or girl is missing. The Good Ones pokes an exploring finger into old bruises, showing how the small decisions we make can change everything. I read it in a single sitting.
Hayley Scrivenor, author of DIRT TOWN
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
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
Reminiscent of Gone Girl with elements of Yellowjackets thrown in
Eli Cranor, author of DON'T KNOW TOUGH
Dark, suspenseful and thought-provoking . . . kept me turning pages late into the night
Alison Buccola, author of CATCH HER WHEN SHE FALLS