The stunning new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of HE SAID/SHE SAID.
'The Victorians used to call their mental hospitals stone mothers,' I say. 'They thought the design of the building could literally nurse the sick back to health.'
Marianne grew up in the shadow of the old asylum, a place that still haunts her dreams. She was seventeen when she fled the town, her family, her boyfriend Jesse and the body they buried.
Now, forced to return, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving, is finally threatening to expose the truth.
Marianne will do anything to protect the life she's built; the husband and daughter who must never know.
Even if it means turning to her worst enemy...
But Marianne may not know the whole story - and she isn't the only one with secrets they'd kill to keep.
Moving back through time to reveal twists you'll never see coming, Stone Mothers is the gripping new suspense novel from the bestselling author of He Said/She Said.
'Poignant and tragic, full of unexpected shifts and twists, addictively scary and thrillingly audacious.' Nicci French
'The plot is so CLEVER... and the writing is perfection.' Marian Keyes
'The incomparable Erin Kelly has written another captivating, cleverly constructed contemporary novel.' Paula Hawkins
Atmospheric, compelling and worryingly apposite. This is powerful storytelling for the times we're in.
A beautifully dark, Gothic story of characters haunted by their past: poignant and tragic, full of unexpected shifts and twists, addictively scary and thrillingly audacious.
A wonderful page-turner full of dark secrets - atmospheric and intense with a gripping plot. Beautifully and cleverly written, STONE MOTHERS tells the tale of the Nazareth Mental Hospital, its impact on a community and the consequences one incident has on the lives of the characters involved. I loved it.
The plot is so CLEVER, the characterisation weep-makingly wise, and the writing is perfection. It is great.
STONE MOTHERS is a pitch-perfect, beautifully-written, literary crime novel. I pushed my copy into the hands of a friend as soon as I'd finished it.
An atmospheric tale of buried truths and the devastating consequences, I was fascinated and horrified in equal measure. Another triumph from Erin Kelly.
STONE MOTHERS... is a complex, suspenseful and moving story about motherhood and vulnerability. I loved the way Erin Kelly switched competing narratives to make us question our own perspectives on such a fraught subject as how we provide care for the mentally ill.
Erin Kelly is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Poison Tree, The Sick Rose, The Burning Air, The Ties That Bind, He Said/She Said, Stone Mothers and Broadchurch: The Novel, inspired by the mega-hit TV series. In 2013, The Poison Tree became a major ITV drama and was a Richard & Judy Summer Read in 2011. He Said/She Said spent six weeks in the top ten in both hardback and paperback, was longlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier crime novel of the year award, and selected for both the Simon Mayo Radio 2 and Richard & Judy Book Clubs. She has worked as a freelance journalist since 1998 and written for the Guardian, The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, New Statesman, Red, Elle, Cosmopolitan and The Pool. Born in London in 1976, she lives in north London with her husband and daughters. erinkelly.co.uk twitter.com/mserinkelly