Stephen Giles


Stephen Giles lives in Australia and is the behind the children’s series for 9-12 year olds, Anyone But Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp, published in the UK (Bloomsbury) and the US (HarperCollins / Greenwillow), translated into 25 different languages and optioned by Paramount.


The Boy at the Keyhole is his first work for adults.



Equal parts pastoral and piqued, The Boy at the Keyhole is a story that rises above its own devices and transcends the sum of its parts. The characters sink through the cracks of your mind, straight to your soul. And the questions herein will burn you to bits. You’ll talk about this book with everyone you meet. It’s that exciting.

Josh Malerman
author of Bird Box

A fiendishly efficient, gorgeously written, nasty little thrill ride of a psychological thriller. I couldn't put it down, and it's entirely possible that I'll never sleep again. A true tour-de-force of a debut novel.

Lyndsay Faye
author of The Gods of Gotham and Jane Steele

At the heart of this gripping, perfectly paced story is a lonely nine-year-old boy consigned to the often brutal control of his absent mother's housekeeper. A relentless, claustrophobic tale about the constancy and opacity of love, where the truth must be terrible in order to be believed.

Charles Lambert
author of The Children’s Home

The Boy at the Keyhole is sinister and tight, amusing and intense, an emotional story of a sweet boy hurting from his mother's absence and unhinged by the possibility of her murder. A fun and wicked read that is impossible to put down!

Matthew Sullivan
Author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore