The Heatwave (Paperback)
  • The Heatwave (Paperback)

The Heatwave (Paperback)

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Published: 03/09/2020
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'The only book you need this summer. Gripping and full of thrills' 5***** READER REVIEW

'A tense psychological drama. Terrific summer escapism' DAILY MAIL

'Sultry, atmospheric and unsettling - a book to lose yourself in this summer' ERIN KELLY

Sylvie hasn't been back to her crumbling French family home in years. Not since the tragic death of her eldest daughter Elodie.

Every corner of the old house is haunted by memories of her - memories she has tried to forget.

But as the summer heat rises, a long-buried family secret is about to come to light.

Because there's something Sylvie's been hiding about what really happened to Elodie that summer.

And it could change everything . . .

'A sultry, gorgeously written and hugely atmospheric thriller with a dark, compelling mystery at its heart' LUCY FOLEY

'Perfect page-turner of a thriller' Red

'Atmospheric and unsettling . . . suspenseful drama'Good Housekeeping

'Must read book of the summer' Culture Fly

'Chilling, addictive and had me on the edge of my seat' 5***** Reader Review

'Welcome to Provence for a holiday stay you will not forget in a hurry!' 5***** Reader Review

Praise for Kate Riordan

'Rich and atmospheric' Rachel Hore

'The perfect summer read' Rachel Rhys

'Had me absolutely gripped' Louise Candlish

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781405922623
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 266 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm


A tense psychological drama that brilliantly evokes its South of France setting. Terrific summer escapism - Daily Mail

Sultry, atmospheric and unsettling - a book to lose yourself in this summer - Erin Kelly

Exquisite writing and a compelling story that will keep you up late into the night!

Summer might be over, but this red-hot book will have you gripped! - Sun

Takes the summer thriller to the next level. Beguiling characters and a plot that will make your blood run cold play out against a sweltering Provencal summer

I cannot stop thinking about The Heatwave. The writing and the atmosphere, the darkness, the beautiful French setting, the characters...Outstanding. An absolute page-turner - Rosie Walsh

A sultry, gorgeously written and hugely atmospheric thriller with a dark, compelling mystery at its heart - Lucy Foley, bestselling author of The Hunting Party

I like a book that surprises me, and what I loved about this one is that I had no idea where it was headed. There is uneasiness filtering throughout, like a gentle flicker of heat set to turn into a full-blown fire - Nina Pottell, Prima

Tense and deliciously atmospheric, it unravels a mother-daughter relationship with a growing sense of menace. - Emma Rous

Vivid descriptions of the French setting and a gloriously unsettling feeling that keeps on intensifying. - Emily Koch

Evocative, compelling, intoxicating and - despite the scorching Provencal sun - utterly chilling. I loved it - Tammy Cohen

A fiercely compelling, gorgeously atmospheric story of fierce, impossible love. It gets you into its grip and will not let go. The beautiful writing and rich understanding of a mother's scarred relationship with a long lost child add a unique power to the tense mystery. Haunting - Gytha Lodge

Page-turner of a thriller, set in Provence during a sticky heatwave - Red

Riordan's knack for creating a sense of place is part of the mix that lodges this book firmly in the imagination . . . A toxic tale of mother-daughter relationships, the perils of beauty, and the heady magic of the French countryside - Daily Mail

A clever, compelling story. I loved it so much. Such beautiful writing and an atmosphere that builds in tension until its explosive end. This will be everyone's summer read. - Clare Empson

Kate is at the height of her storytelling powers in this dark tale of a mother's love for her child at any cost. The heat soaked through every page. Lyrical and edgy, it bridges the gap between the literary and the hottest of summer reads with ease - Amanda Reynolds

Intriguing characters, haunting descriptions, and pages humming with heat, secrets and suspense. I loved it - Dinah Jefferies

Captivating and compelling - Penny Parkes

Beautifully written and atmospheric, this will transport you to the heat of Provence, and keep you guessing till the end - Heat

Haunting, evocative, emotionally astute, and seriously beautiful writing. - Emylia Hall

A scorcher of a novel. The evocative French summer setting crackles and simmers with foreboding. I adored it - Hannah Richell

Totally gripping. A classy and compelling novel - The Bookseller

A taut and stunning novel about a toxic mother-daughter relationship. The writing is rich and multi-layered, but it's the subtlety of the characterisations that hook you and won't let you go. Powerful - Gill Paul, bestselling author of 'The Secret Wife'

A beautifully woven tale that explores the enduring relationship between mother and daughter. You'll not consider putting it down for a moment until you know the outcome . . . - Cotswold Life

Wow! Just finished reading The Heatwave by Kate Riordan. I actually resented mealtimes and bedtime for interrupting my reading of it! Beautifully written and skilfully plotted, this is a THRILLING masterpiece . . . A bestseller - Jane Bailey

Gripping, utterly convincing and deeply unsettling - Katherine Webb

Never has a book about a heatwave been so chilling. You won't want to miss this - Julie Cohen

It's just SO GOOD on every level and ticks every box. Atmospheric, lush writing that will appeal to fans of literary fiction, but a story that draws you in instantly and really doesn't loosen its grip, right up until the last little twist on the final page - Iona Grey

Beautifully written with exquisite prose that pulses with heat, scented air and an underlying unease that builds with every page. A book to escape in - Amanda Jennings

So tense and atmospheric; chilling, despite the heat. An exciting, satisfying read. Superb - Tracy Rees

Engrossing, heady, thrumming with heat and tension - I absolutely loved it - Jenny Ashcroft

A seductive summer read, dripping with suspense and intrigue. Utterly unputdownable - Lucy Clarke

Escape from lockdown to the scorching French sun [with] The Heatwave - Surrey Life

Compelling . . . An addictive page-turner - The Lady

The perfect poolside or garden read. Set under the warm Provence sun, The Heatwave is unnerving and engrossing psychological suspense - Culture Fly

As beautifully written as it is engrossing - PopSugar

Gripping, clever and full of surprises, this is a deliciously tense thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat - WI Life

A compelling, beautifully written psychological thriller - Katie Fforde, Daily Express

Praise for Kate Riordan - - -

Had me absolutely gripped - Louise Candlish

The perfect summer read - Rachel Rhys

Held me rapt until the very end - Lucy Diamond

I didn't want to put it down - Katherine Webb

A beautiful and intriguing page-turner - Dinah Jefferies

Rich and atmospheric - Rachel Hore

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“Dark, psychogical novel set in PROVENCE”

This is bound to be a hit read in the Summer of 2020. It has all the ingredients for an engrossing read: a terrific, slightly dark setting (Provence), a narrative that builds well, and family dynamics as well as... More

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“A Great Summer Read”

The Heatwave is a thriller set in France during a heatwave .Sylvie is French but now lives in London with her daughter Emma but she returns to the Family home in Provence because there has been a fire .The story is... More

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“Perfect summer reading.”

The Heatwave by Kate Riordan has all of the elements that suggest a summer bestseller. Sylvie lives in London with her daughter Emma, a letter arrives informing her that she has to return to her family home in... More

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