Poison Tree, The

Poison Tree, The
Erin Kelly
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It is the sweltering summer of 1997, and Karen is a straight-laced, straight-A university student. When she meets the impossibly glamorous Biba, a bohemian orphan who lives in a crumbling old mansion with her enigmatic brother Rex, she is soon drawn into their world - but something terrible is about to happen, and someone's going to end up dead. Already drawing comparisons to Barbara Vine, Tana French and Sophie Hannah, Erin Kelly is an extraordinarily talented new author.
A dark, poetic, gripping, totally brilliant Brideshead Revisited for the 21st century The Times 'A beautifully crafted, evocative psychological thriller ... A dark, poetic, gripping, totally brilliant Brideshead Revisited for the 21st century' The Times 'A terrific suspense debut, reminiscent of another British woman's auspicious bow: Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca. The shadows gather until the ending looms like a threatening figure. This one gets the writer's ultimate bit of praise: I wish I had written it.' Stephen King A terrific suspense debut, reminiscent of another British woman's auspicious bow: Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca. The shadows gather until the ending looms like a threatening figure. This one gets the writer's ultimate bit of praise: I wish I had written it. Stephen King '(An) excellent debut psychological thriller, reminiscent of early Barbara Vine.' Daily Mail Books of the Year 'An unusually good debut psychological thriller from an author who instinctively knows how to tell a suspense story (think early Barbara Vine) and whose plotting, characterisation, fluent writing and dark humour should ensure her a successful career.' Daily Mail 'A wonderfully tense and foreboding thriller that is at the same time a clever, considered study of desire and a good old-fashioned page-turner.' Psychologies Brilliant! THE POISON TREE grabs you with the first sentence and doesn't let go--even after the last page; this is the sort of thriller that stays with you for a long, long time. Compelling and lyrically stylish, THE POISON TREE is a true winner! Jeffery Deaver 'A shadowy, impeccably told tale of passion, friendship and murder.' Marie Claire An unusually good debut psychological thriller from an author ... whose plotting, characterisation, fluent writing and dark humour should ensure her a successful career Daily Mail The dark world of psychological thrillers has a bright new voice ... [a] twisted, brooding, creepy debut. Daily Mirror 'With forensic attention to detail, this mystery is all-consumingly addictive.' Easy Living 'A brilliant new voice in crime fiction ... Kelly expertly builds up the suspense ... Extremely accomplished - Kelly creates an atmosphere as claustrophobic as a summer commute, which permeates the narrative and keeps the reader hooked.' Stylist A very English take on the foibles and failings of humanity permeates THE POISON TREE, a remarkable debut by Erin Kelly. Peter Millar, The Times Will appeal to fans of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and Donna Tartt's The Secret History ... a rich and satisfying pleasure. USA Today 'The dark world of psychological thrillers has a bright new voice ... [a] twisted, brooding, creepy debut.' Daily Mirror 'Erin Kelly's gravely elegant style masks an arch talent for misdirection that allows her to spring several satisfyingly long-fused surprises.' Daily Telegraph Terrific ... a compelling creeper that intelligently invokes the conventions of the Gothic and plays within the doom-laden confines of the voice-over. More please, Ms. Kelly! Quickly! Washington Post A finely written debut novel Mail on Sunday 'A finely written debut novel.' Mail on Sunday 'A tense, twisting thriller ... Atmospheric and gripping, it will keep you guessing to the end.' Cosmopolitan 'An author with an eye for the truly creepy.' Independent on Sunday, Books of the Year 'The writing is elegant, atmospheric and sophisticated.' Sophie Hannah 'A psychological thriller that will give you chills.' Red 'A gripping debut, this thriller has a creeping sense of unease.' Bella '[An] intriguing and well-written mystery.' Washington Times Ingeniously plotted and masterfully told, THE POISON TREE is an outstanding debut from Erin Kelly. A spellbinding tale of murder, guilt, and obsession, it will hold readers in suspense from the first sentence until the final shocking twist. Stefanie Pintoff 'This taut psychological thriller from new author Erin Kelly has unexpected twists and turns until the very last page.' Now 'THE POISON TREE has a nicely claustrophobic cape wrapped round it ... the novel's a clever tease, the pay-off more than worth it' Time Out A tense, twisting thriller ... Atmospheric and gripping, it will keep you guessing to the end Cosmopolitan In her compelling debut, Erin Kelly evokes the brooding atmosphere of Rebecca, in a contemporary and completely convincing novel of tangled family desires. Sara Paretsky 'A really great read' Good Housekeeping 'Tense to the end' Woman & Home Tense and menacing right from page one, filled with foreboding and a terrible sense of the inevitable... I expect the author to go far. Bookseller A shadowy, impeccably told tale of passion, friendship and murder. Marie Claire 'Gripping ... you won't put it down' Look 'An enjoyable excursion into territory first colonised by Barbara Vine' Literary Review Tense to the end Woman and Home A psychological thriller that will give you chills Red 'I loved it ... really spooky.' Alexandra Heminsley, BBC 6 Music 'Terrifically vivid, beautifully written' www.crimesquad.com A wonderfully tense and foreboding thriller that is at the same time a clever, considered study of desire and a good old-fashioned page-turner Psychologies Weaving tangled webs, this is a gripping psychological thriller with believable characters and a fine sense of time and place. It will keep you intrigued from the menacing prologue to the defiant ending. Choice 'Weaving tangled webs, this is a gripping psychological thriller with believable characters and a fine sense of time and place. It will keep you intrigued from the menacing prologue to the defiant ending.' Choice 'Meticulous and evocative detail does not hold up the impetus of the narrative ... a most absorbing read.' www.shotsmag.co.uk THE POISON TREE has a nicely claustrophobic cape wrapped round it ... the novel's a clever tease, the pay-off more than worth it. Time Out With forensic attention to detail, this mystery is all-consumingly addictive. Easy Living 'I suggest you grab a coffee, silent the phone and get comfy as you're not going to want to put this book done. It's that good ... A creative, tense, gripping debut novel, and a must read.' www.bookrabbit.co.uk 'In her compelling debut, Erin Kelly evokes the brooding atmosphere of Rebecca, in a contemporary and completely convincing novel of tangled family desires.' Sara Paretsky An enjoyable excursion into territory first colonised by Barbara Vine. Literary Review Gripping ... you won't put it down. Look 'The writing is elegant, atmospheric and sophisticated.' Sophie Hannah 'Tense and menacing right from page one, filled with foreboding and a terrible sense of the inevitable. Kelly builds a feeling of claustrophobia and of seemingly ordinary people driven to do extraordinary things. It's a gripping psychological thrill ... and I expect the author to go far.' Bookseller Meticulous and evocative detail does not hold up the impetus of the narrative ... a most absorbing read. www.shotsmag.co.uk I suggest you grab a coffee, silent the phone and get comfy as you're not going to want to put this book done. It's that good ... A creative, tense, gripping debut novel, and a must read. www.bookrabbit.com 'Kelly blends Gothic tropes with those of the crime novel, and her deployment of a rambling old house as the scene of Karen's gradual immersion in an inotoxicatingly different world, combined with the literary flourishes of her prose, is reminiscent of Tana French. A writer with a keen eye for descriptive detail, Kelly neatly fleshes out her setting and characters ... THE POISON TREE is a rewarding and enjoyable experience' Irish Times 'A really engrossing and suspenseful novel that gripped me throughout.' http://crimeandpublishing.com Kelly blends Gothic tropes with those of the crime novel, and her deployment of a rambling old house as the scene of Karen's gradual immersion in an inotoxicatingly different world, combined with the literary flourishes of her prose, is reminiscent of Tana French. A writer with a keen eye for descriptive detail, Kelly neatly fleshes out her setting and characters ... THE POISON TREE is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. The Irish Times '[An] extraordinary debut novel.' Richard Madeley Terrific Judy Finnigan [An] extraordinary debut novel. Richard Madeley 'Terrific' Judy Finnigan
Erin Kelly is the author of The Poison Tree, The Sick Rose, The Burning Air, The Ties That Bind and Broadchurch: The Novel, inspired by the mega-hit TV series. In 2013, The Poison Tree became a major ITV drama and was a Richard & Judy Summer Read in 2011. Born in London in 1976, she lives in north London with her husband and daughters. www.erinkelly.co.uk www.twitter.com/mserinkelly www.facebook.com/Erin-Kelly-Author