Psychological thriller


Penguin Random House, February 2017


Penguin Random House, July 2017


Nuala Ellwood


The One Person You Should Trust Is Lying to You…


Kate has spent fifteen years bringing global injustice home: as a decorated war reporter, she’s always in a place of conflict, writing about ordinary people in unimaginable situations.


When her mother dies, Kate returns home from Syria for the funeral. But an incident with a young Syrian boy haunts her dreams, and when Kate sees a boy in the garden of the house next door—a house inhabited by an Iraqi refugee who claims her husband is away and she has no children—Kate becomes convinced that something is very wrong.


As she struggles to separate her memories of Syria from the quiet town in which she grew up—and also to reconcile her memories of a traumatic childhood with her sister’s insistence that all was not as Kate remembers—she begins to wonder what is actually true…and what is just in her mind.


In this gripping, timely debut, Nuala Ellwood brings us an unforgettable damaged character, a haunting , humanizing look at the Syrian conflict, and a deeply harrowing psychological thriller that readers won’t be able to put down.


“…[an] affecting debut. Ellwood portrays the horror of witnessing war in a compelling psychological thriller.”
Publisher’s Weekly


World: Penguin Random House / Viking
North America: HarperCollins / William Morrow
Czech: Domino
French: Michel Lafon
German: Goldmann
Greek: Harlenic Hellas
Italian: Nord
Lithuanian: Sofoklis
Polish: Czarna Owca
Russian: AST