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  • Hachette Books Ireland
  • Hachette Books Ireland


Liza Costello

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Crime & mystery

A gripping story of greed, deceit and danger set in the Irish heartlands.

'Liza Costello writes beautifully and there are echoes of Donal Ryan and Tana French in this intriguing slice of slow-burn rural noir.' Catherine Kirwan, author of Cruel Deeds

'Captures the claustrophobic nature of small town life with its gossip and innuendo, secrets and lies... Filled with characters you care about, Crookedwood keeps you guessing right to the end.' Louise Phillips, author

Crookedwood, quiet Irish midlands town, place of secrets, past and present. Sarah left it behind years ago for life in the city, where she's now a rising star of the Dublin culinary scene.

She's home to help her mother sell the family farm. One evening, while out walking in the nearby woods, Sarah is chased by a man and his vicious dog, narrowly escaping injury. In the days to follow - as painful memories resurface of another dark night in the woods years before - further unsettling events unfold, and Sarah becomes convinced that she is under threat, despite the reassurances of those close to her.

What might she have stumbled upon on her walk? Who could be after her, and why? As Sarah closes in on hidden agendas at work in the town, dangerous forces close in on her.

It soon becomes clear that, in order to survive, Sarah must return to the dark place where it all began.

Crookedwood is a compulsive psychological thriller about buried trauma, small town vendettas and how, in the dark woods, the only person who can save you is yourself.

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Praise for Crookedwood

  • Praise for The Estate:

  • Smart and well crafted with some great writing and a hell of a twist. A much higher standard has been set. This stands out in a crowded field. - Amazon verified reviewer

  • Praise for The Estate:

  • A psychological thriller that'll mess with your mind. Highly recommended. - The Book Doctor - Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer

  • Praise for The Estate:

  • A brilliant read - Top Amazon reviewer

  • Praise for The Estate

  • A tense, atmospheric tale of fear and isolation - to be read in a single sitting, with the lights on. - John Connolly

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Liza Costello

Liza Costello's writing has been short-listed for the Sean O 'Faolain Short Story Competition, the Francis McManus Award and the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. She won the Dromineer Literary Festival Poetry Award (2011) and her writing has also been broadcast on RTE Radio 1 (The Francis McManus programme, Sunday Miscellany and A Living Word), as well as published in outlets such as The Irish Independent (New Irish Writing), The Stinging Fly, Southword, Crannog, The Manchester Review, The Interpreter's Hat, Kindle Singles and Mslexia. An earlier version of her debut novel, The Estate, was originally launched as an audiobook for Audible; narrated by Denise Gough, it was chosen as an Audible crime and thriller pick of the month and was also selected as an editor's pick there. Liza lives in County Westmeath with her husband John and children Martha and Brendan.

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