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The Dead Ground (Paula Maguire 2): An Irish serial-killer thriller of heart-stopping suspense

Claire McGowan

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Fiction, Crime & mystery

The second novel in the highly acclaimed Paula Maguire series and the gripping follow up to The Lost by Claire McGowan, who Lee Child proclaims as 'a knockout new talent'. The Dead Ground sees forensic psychologist Paula Maguire working in the missing persons unit in Northern Ireland, where there are many deadly secrets to dig up...

Stolen. Missing. Dead...


Forensic psychologist Paul Maguire is up against the clock to stop a merciless killer in THE DEAD GROUND, the second novel in the highly acclaimed Paula Maguire series and the gripping follow up to The Lost. Claire McGowan's thrillers are sure to enthral readers of Michael Connelly and Karin Slaughter

'Fresh and accessible without ever compromising on grit or suspense' - Erin Kelly

Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire, already wrestling with the hardest decision of her life, is forced to put her own problems on hold when she's asked to help find a baby taken from a local hospital.

Then the brutal, ritualistic murder of a woman found lying on a remote stone circle indicates a connection to the kidnapping and Paula knows that they will have to move fast if they are to find the person responsible.

When another child is taken and a pregnant woman goes missing, Paula finds herself caught up in a deadly hunt for a killer determined to leave no trace, and discovers every decision she makes really is a matter of life and death...

What readers are saying about The Dead Ground:

'Another gripping page-turner from a fabulous writer!'

'Every time you think you've got it all worked out there will be another twist to it. Definitely worth reading'

'A powerful read that touched nicely on women's rights and pro-choice in an Irish context. Cleverly done; I felt a great deal of empathy for all concerned. An excellent read'

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Praise for The Dead Ground (Paula Maguire 2): An Irish serial-killer thriller of heart-stopping suspense

  • A knockout new talent

  • Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell

  • Astonishing, powerful and immensely satisfying

  • A compelling and flawless thriller

  • Page-turning - Guardian

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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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