“She will say I am sorry and Valerie will say none of it was your fault, it was all his, I believe you. No reply. She has to leave a message because phones are not allowed in prison and Valerie is visiting Solomon.”
The psychologically intense second novel from Catherine Chanter, author of The Well – a Richard and Judy Book Club pick
When Diana’s mother dies, she impulsively invites estranged half-sister Valerie and her nine-year-old son to stay at her grand country home. On the night of the funeral, fueled by wine and years of resentment, the sisters argue and a terrible accident occurs.The foundations of a well-ordered life begin to crack and the lies begin to surface, one dangerous secret after another.
“Gripping … Filled with the acute psychological insights that distinguished the author’s debut The Well … Chanter’s gift for depicting emotional upheaval pervades this tale of crumbling families”
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“Darkly unfolds with family secrets, moral complexities and slow-burning revenge … This young boy’s journey of personal growth beyond the difficulties in his past is the emotional backbone of an eerie, page-turning family thriller”
”PRAISE FOR THE WELL: A markedly assured new voice”
“Astoundingly assured … A brilliant writer”
“I loved this book”
Jessie Burton, Author Of The Miniaturist
Catherine Chanter was born and raised in the West Country. She has led education provision within the NHS for young people with significant mental health problems and currently works for a charity which seeks to engage excluded and vulnerable children and teenagers in learning.
Her debut novel, The Well, won the 2013 Lucy Cavendish Prize for Unpublished Fiction, was longlisted for the 2015 CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, and was picked for the Richard and Judy Book Club.