'Fresh, startling… Unforgettable.' Irish Times

'A hypnotic debut... {An] uncommonly clever whodunit.' The New York Times Book Review

'Ingenious' The Daily Telegraph

'Cleverly written and relentlessly intriguing'  Marie Claire

'It had me gripped' The Daily Mail

'The book you’ll fall in love with' Stylist

'An impressive debut' The Times

'This book will speak to you.' The Observer

'One of the best thrillers in recent years…' Kirkus starred review

'Mesmerising…The Truants is as charismatic as the characters within.' The Herald

'Think The Secret History meets Agatha Christie' Red

An Observer Book of the Year

An i Book of the Year

Times Best New Crime Novel

Guardian Top 10 Golden Age Detective Novel

An Irish Times Best Debut of the Year

Marie Claire Top 5 Christmas Read

A USA Today Must-Read Books of Winter

An Entertainment Weekly Best Books of January

An Apple Books Pick for January

'People disappear when they most want to be seen.'

Author's note

For most of my life, I have been a reader, not an author. I know what it is to embark on the journey of a new book. It’s not like walking into a movie theatre, where someone dims the light and surrounds you with a couple of hours of perfectly-produced sounds and images, so that you can sit back and let the story happen to you. A novel is about an imaginative leap for the reader, too. However skilful the author is at painting pictures and whispering into your ear, it requires something of an effort. An effort which, if the book is good, will repay you many times over as you dive deep into the world of your characters. Maybe for a couple of days, maybe over a few weeks or more, you will experience a different life. And, if it’s really good, it will, in some way – slight or substantial - change the way you come back to look at your own.

So, if you have read my book, or are considering it: Thank you. I hope you come away with something from it, and if you do, I’d love to hear about it, so do get in touch.