A stunning debut - part psychological thriller, part detective novel - from a powerful and distinctive new voice.
The murder of a first-year university student shocks the city of Durham. The victim, Emily Brabents, was from the privileged and popular set at Joyce College, a cradle for the country's future elite.
As Detective Inspector Erica Martin investigates the college, she finds a close-knit community fuelled by jealousy, obsession and secrets. But the very last thing she expects is an instant confession . . .
The picture of Emily that begins to emerge is that of a girl wanted by everyone, but not truly known by anyone. Anyone, that is, except Daniel Shepherd. Her fellow student, ever-faithful friend and the only one who cares. The only one who would do anything for her . . .
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Praise for Bitter Fruits:
'There is a gripping, economic precision in this highly charged thriller.'
'Grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let go. A compelling read, beautifully written ... A tense, captivating tale, brilliantly told'
'Once I started reading it I couldn't stop. A brilliantly plotted and utterly gripping thriller.'
'Superbly gripping ... A very assured page-turning storm I read in one sitting.'
'A psychological police procedural ... An intelligent and thrilling debut.'
Peter Guttridge, author and former Observer crime critic
'Intriguing and sinister with masterful plotting and tension. A bittersweet read by a new crime author I can't wait to read again.'
'A thought-provoking, atmospheric and emotional page turning thriller - brimming with mystery and suspense. I absolutely loved this novel, and devoured it from cover to cover.'