A psychological thriller novel about a woman whose husband was murdered ten years ago, and the true crime podcast that digs up all the secrets from her past she’d tried to keep buried…
by Katie Lowe
St. Martin’s Press, July 2021
(chez Mushens Entertainment – voir catalogue)
Hannah is a psychiatrist, living in the village of Hawkwood with her teenage daughter Evie, and her journalist boyfriend Dan. Ten years earlier, Hannah’s husband was stabbed to death in their marital bed, and a local teenager with prior convictions was found guilty of the crime, and sentenced to life in prison. But a popular true crime podcast turns its attentions to her husband’s case – highlighting numerous flaws in the investigation and prosecution of the boy charged with the crime. With increasing attention on Hannah, and her past, she takes a new job opportunity at what used to be Hawkwood House asylum – a place she has always been drawn to as her grandmother was kept there. The site of tragedy, and allegedly haunted, she’s determined to build it into a force for good. But with the podcast continuing to unpick her relationship with her late husband, mysterious threats arriving on her doorstep, and the police reopening the old case, her world starts to unravel. Hawkwood House is full of ghosts: but the ghosts we carry with us of our past decisions can prove be the most haunting of all.
Katie Lowe is a writer living in Worcester, UK, whose debut novel The Furies is published by HarperFiction (UK), St Martin’s Press (US) and eight other territories worldwide. A graduate of the University of Birmingham, Katie has a BA (Hons) in English and an MPhil in Literature & Modernity. She returned to Birmingham in 2019 to complete a PhD in English Literature, with her thesis on female rage in literary modernism and the #MeToo era.