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A Savage Hunger (Paula Maguire 4): An Irish crime thriller of spine-tingling suspense

Claire McGowan

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Fiction, Crime & mystery

A SAVAGE HUNGER is the fourth in the crime series featuring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire.

Victim: Female. Twenty-two years of age.

Reason for investigation: Missing person.

ID: Alice Morgan. Student. Last seen at a remote religious shrine in Ballyterrin.

Alice Morgan's disappearance raises immediate questions for forensic psychologist Paula Maguire. Alice, the daughter of a life peer in the Home Office, has vanished along with a holy relic - the bones of a saint - and the only trace is the bloodstains on the altar.

With no body to confirm death, the pressure in this high-profile case is all-consuming, and Paula knows that she will have to put her own life, including her imminent marriage, on hold, if they are to find the truth.

A connection to a decades-old murder immediately indicates that all may not be as it seems; as the summer heat rises and tempers fray, can Alice be found or will they learn that those that are hungry for vengeance may be the most savage of all?

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Praise for A Savage Hunger (Paula Maguire 4): An Irish crime thriller of spine-tingling suspense

  • A complex, disturbing, resonant novel that remains light on its feet and immensely entertaining - Irish Times

  • A knockout new talent - Lee Child

  • Astonishing, powerful and immensely satisfying - Peter James

  • I read The Silent Dead with my heart in my mouth . . . brilliant - Erin Kelly

  • A reminder why McGowan has been described as Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell - Independent

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Claire McGowan

Claire McGowan grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland and now lives in London, where she runs an MA in creative writing at City University. THE KILLING HOUSE is Claire's seventh crime novel, and the sixth in the highly-acclaimed Paula Maguire series. She also writes women's fiction as Eva Woods.

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