A gripping and heart-stopping thriller from the Richell Prize winning author. An unforgettable story of murder, trauma and childhoods lost.
'One of the freshest debuts to come along in a long time. A tense, irresistible thriller shot through with moments of unnerving darkness. A clever, compelling read.' DERVLA McTIERNAN, #1 bestselling author of The Ruin, The Scholar and The Good Turn
'This book reminds me of the first time I read Mystic River by Dennis Lehane. It's THAT good.' STEVE CAVANAGH
'An incredible thriller that kept me up reading. Intense. Wickedly smart. A stunning debut from a gifted author' ADRIAN McKINTY, bestselling author of The Chain
Erin Sloane was sixteen when high school senior Andre Villiers was murdered by his friends. They were her friends, too, led by the intense, charismatic Ricky Hell. Five people went into West Cypress Woods the night Andre was murdered. Only three came out.
Ativan, alcohol and distance had dimmed Erin's memories of that time. But nearly twenty years later, an ageing father will bring her home. Now a journalist, she is asked to write a story about the Southport Three and the thrill-kill murder that electrified the country. Erin's investigation propels her closer and closer to a terrifying truth. And closer and closer to danger.
An unforgettable story of murder, trauma and childhoods lost, I Shot the Devil is a taut, prize-winning debut novel from an electrifying new talent.
'This is a stunner of a debut thriller' The Irish Independent
'I Shot The Devil is a dark, twisting thriller that gets deep under your skin.' MARK BRANDI
'A powder-keg with a slow burning fuse . . . perfectly balanced and terrifically twisting, I Shot the Devil is for fans of Alex Marwood, Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn' Books+Publishing
'I Shot the Devil is a taut, page-turning thriller and an unforgettable story of murder, trauma and childhoods lost' Australian Women's Weekly
'The Satanic Panic of the 80s and 90s forms an intriguing backdrop to this buzzy crime thriller' The West Australian
'a slick, atmospheric thriller' Sunday Times
'I loved this book . . . I can see David Lynch reading this up in Mulholland Drive' BRENDAN COWELL
Ruth McIver recently completed her PhD in the field of true crime inspired fiction with Curtin University. Her first unpublished novel, Nothing Gold, was runner-up in the inaugural Banjo Prize (2018) and was one of seven novels selected to be pitched at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival (2014). Ruth's novel-in-verse, The Sunset Club (2014), is a DIY publication that was highly commended in the Anne Elder category by the FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers). I Shot the Devil won the 2018 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.