This Little Dark Place (Hardback)
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This Little Dark Place (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 10/10/2019
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How well do you know your girlfriend? How well do you know your lover? How well do you know yourself? Daniel and Victoria are together. They're trying for a baby. Ruby is in prison, convicted of assault on an abusive partner. But when Daniel joins a pen pal program for prisoners, he and Ruby make contact. At first the messages are polite, neutral - but soon they find themselves revealing more and more about themselves. Their deepest fears, their darkest desires. And then, one day, Ruby comes to find Daniel. And now he must decide who to choose - and who to trust.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788162029
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 428 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 28 mm
Edition: Main


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[A] compelling psychological thriller- a terrifyingly plausible story of how everyday failures of empathy, compassion and, most of all, trust, can have fatal consequences. * Sunday Times *
Hatch's promising debut is a short, sharp shocker that keeps you guessing to the end -- Mark Sanderson * The Times *
[an] elegantly creepy skin-crawler -- Laura Wilson * Guardian *
An intense, oppressive debut, with its dark climax sudden and shocking in its plausibility -- Alison Flood * Observer *
AS Hatch's first-rate debut, is a spare, elegantly written chiller in the true Highsmithian register. Daniel, our damaged, diffident carpenter protagonist, having served a long prison sentence, retraces the steps that led him to captivity, charting his unhappy childless relationship and gradual drift into chaos. The plot is as well turned as the cabinets Daniel makes, the narration is unreliably delirious and there's an inspired use of Brexit, first as an unearthly chill across the land in the referendum's immediate aftermath and then as a frenzied, Brueghelian street party in a seaside town, a fittingly grotesque backdrop to the novel's unsettling progress. -- Declan Hughes * Irish Times *
An emotionally raw and compulsively readable psychological thriller. A powerful tale of obsessive love and stealthy betrayal, full of twists that jolt you right up to the end. * Alice Blanchard, award-winning author of The Breathtaker *
Carries the reader along with a sense of foreboding, with a shocking twist at the end. * L.F. Robertson, author of Two Lost Boys *
A breathless page-turner with gathering tension throughout. * Rebecca Alexander, author of A Baby's Bones *
Full of palpable unease and tension creeping down every page. I inhaled this book! I could not put it down! -- Nina Pottell * Prima *
[A] dark, well-told, twisting psychological tale -- Rose Shepherd * Saga *

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“Unputdownable”

I had to stay up past my bedtime to finish this one as I just couldn’t put it down. In truth I’m not sure why it gripped me so much but it just did and who doesn’t love when a book does that to you. When the location... More

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“Take a trip into the shadows of the human mind”

I wanted to read This Little Dark Place as soon as I heard about it. I was attracted by the pen pal programme for prisoners and what effect that kind of contact would have on the people involved.

The book begins with... More

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“A Dark And Creepy Tsle”

Daniel and Victoria are trying for a baby. But Daniel starts to feel lonley. He joins a group that sends letters to prisoners. His pen pal is called Ruby. They start writing to each other but it's not long before... More

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