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.


A twisty psychological thriller. I raced through it in one sitting!

Lucy Atkins, author of The Other Child
Lucy Atkins , author of The Other Child

My Sister’s Bones is a tense, atmospheric, deliciously dark story

Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake
Amanda Jennings , author of In Her Wake

Ellwood’s protagonist Kate is a female hero in the best sense, flawed but brave

Helen Callaghan, author of Dear Amy
Helen Callaghan , author of Dear Amy

An accomplished and page-turning thriller. It twists and turns in so many directions it’s impossible to guess where it’s going next’

Nicholas Searle, author of The Good Liar
Nicholas Searle , author of The Good Liar

A stunning book. Compelling, unsettling and powerful this is a book that will stay with me for a long time.’

C. L. Taylor, bestselling author of The Escape
C. L. Taylor , bestselling author of The Escape

A gripping rollercoaster ride of a thriller

Christobel Kent, author of The Loving Husband
Christobel Kent , author of The Loving Husband

Compelling … Brimful of tension, twists and darkness, this one grabbed me on the first page and didn’t let go

Woman and Home
Woman and Home

For lovers of The Girl on the Train …a tense story with multiple twists and turns


An exciting, shocking, fast-paced read … a clever, compelling tale full of surprises

Daily Express
Daily Express

Memorable, jaw-dropping … harrowing fiction that skilfully draws parallels between the effects of civil war and domestic violence

Sunday Times
Sunday Times

An elegant, punchy thriller with a dark heart

The Guardian, Thriller of the month
The Guardian , Thriller of the month

Nuala Ellwood’s formidable debut thriller, My Sister’s Bones rivals The Girl on a Train as a compulsive read (and beats it for style).

The Observer
The Observer

With an elegant and deft touch Nuala Ellwood has created a tale that is gripping, engrossing and surprising at every turn. I loved it.

Rowan Coleman, bestselling author of The Summer Of Impossible Things
Rowan Coleman , bestselling author of The Summer Of Impossible Things

A dark, intense, multi-layered thriller that twists and turns until the last page

Tammy Cohen, author of When She Was Bad
Tammy Cohen , author of When She Was Bad

…[an] affecting debut. Ellwood portrays the horror of witnessing war in a compelling psychological thriller.

Publisher’s Weekly
Publisher’s Weekly


Psychological thriller

UK Publication

Penguin Random House, February 2017

US Publication

Penguin Random House, July 2017

Rights Sales

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