Your husband, your family, your freedom. What would you sacrifice for love?
A love story, a modern nightmare and an honest and incisive portrayal of a woman who honours her husband's wish to die and finds herself in the dock for murder.
When Deborah reluctantly helps her beloved husband Neil end his life and conceals the truth, she is charged with murder. As the trial unfolds and her daughter Sophie testifies against her, Deborah, still reeling with grief, fights to defend her actions. Twelve jurors hold her fate in their hands, if found guilty she will serve a life sentence. Deborah seeks solace in her memories of Neil and their children and the love they shared. An ordinary woman caught up in an extraordinary situation.
A finely written page-turner, compelling, eloquent, heart-breaking. The Kindest Thing tackles a controversial topic with skill and sensitivity. A book that begs the question: what would you do?
Complex and satisfying - Sunday Times
A painfully honest exploration of an ordinary family under stress... A stunning piece of work.
It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that. - Val McDermid
Modest, compassionate . . . a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail - Literary Review
Compelling - Catholic Herald
Excellent - Big Issue
A compelling novel - Star Magazine
A modern-day Greek tragedy that keeps you rapt to the very end - The Pulse
Cath Staincliffe was brought up in Bradford and went to university in Birmingham, after which she moved to Manchester. She started writing whilst on maternity leave with her first child, attending writers' workshops and publishing poetry and short stories in anthologies. Looking for Trouble, published by the Manchester publisher Crocus, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Award for Best First Novel and serialised on BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour.