Good Little Liars
Loving wife and mother Emma rarely thinks about the day twenty-five years ago that her friend Tessa fell to her death, or the secret that she made Emma swear to keep just hours before. But when her marriage implodes, Emma and her daughter find themselves moving into the headmaster’s former cottage on the grounds of her old school – Denham House. And it’s there that Emma finds the photograph: an explicit image of Tessa, looking directly at the camera.
Old friends Marlee and Clementine, are home for a school reunion. But they don’t want to talk about Tessa’s accident, and with the demands of single parenthood, Emma has plenty to distract her… but she can’t shake the image of the photograph. Or the thought that it’s proof of something she had long suspected: Dr Brownley, now headmaster, was involved with Tessa. Was it a mistake to keep quiet for all this time about what she knew?
Marlee and Clementine have their own complex feelings about returning to their hometown. And when Emma starts to question what really happened to Tessa, each woman must deal with the consequences of decisions they made all those years ago. Because the more Emma digs into the past, the more she discovers that everyone remembers it differently, and that the innocent schoolgirls she thought she knew are hiding some very big secrets.
The Daughter’s Promise
Two years after a family tragedy, and still consumed by her grief, Willa Fairbanks receives a strange letter from halfway across the globe. She has inherited a house in Australia, in a town she’s never heard of, from a woman she doesn’t know.
Following the mystery across the world to the inviting shores of Sisters Cove, Willa is entranced by the dilapidated old chapel house she now owns, perched high on a windy cliff within the grounds of Merrivale Estate. As Willa’s suspicions grow about her connection to the place, she begins to look amongst the dusty artwork and sealed boxes of papers left to her, and it becomes clear that the truth is not at all what she expected.
Across the road at Merrivale, social butterfly Annabelle Broadhurst is alarmed by Willa’s arrival. Why did her old friend and confidante, Lillian, leave her home to this stranger? As the two women’s lives intersect in the pretty, insular world of Sisters Cove, neither realises the dark truth that connects them until it’s too late. And when that terrible secret is exposed, it could destroy the lives of everyone involved.
‘…Liane Moriarty meets Paula Hawkins meets Marian Keyes!
A wonderful debut.’
'With the alternating viewpoints …Clutton teases out clues as to the real truth before settling on an explosive finish. She combines tight dialogue with some beautiful prose and the result is a fully-realized world—one that just happens to have a mysterious death at the center of it. Somehow both quiet and pulse-pounding, Clutton has tapped into the perfect formula for a page-turner.'
'Clearly drawn characters so well written that I could see them, in a story so well written that I never wanted it to end.'
'This was such a strong début from Sarah Clutton, who has a style all of her own. I think she is definitely an author to watch out for … this novel is a little gem...’
'What a cracking read! Great characters that leap off the page and stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.’
‘Absolutely loved!... a strongly developed mystery along the lines of Ruth Ware's The Lying Game and Donna Tartt's The Secret History’