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The Hidden Room

Stella Duffy

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense

A gripping psychological suspense novel from CWA Dagger award-winning Stella Duffy.

Life is good for Laurie and Martha. They have three great kids, a much-loved home in the countryside, and after years of struggle, Laurie's career as an architect is taking off at last. Everything's perfect.

Except, it isn't.

Someone is about to walk into their happy family and tear it apart.

Laurie has been hiding from him for years. The question is, now that he's found her, can she keep her family safe? And just how far will she go to protect them?

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Praise for The Hidden Room

  • 'Fast and bold and thrilling, The Hidden Room is an audacious take on the psychological thriller that turns the genre inside out' - Christobel Kent

  • 'Corrosive secrets kept hidden with the best of intentions crawl into the light and threaten the happy present. Nobody turns the screw of tension tighter than Stella Duffy, giving it a final twist that left me gasping' - Val McDermid

  • Duffy roars back into crime writing with her trademark intensity. The Hidden Room is spooky, atmospheric and as psychologically on point as it could be. If you want to be disturbed, read this book. - Alex Marwood

  • Wonderfully gothic and sinuous, Duffy's The Hidden Room is a top-notch psychological thriller filled with crazed cults, strange occurrences and creepiness galore. A superbly original, highly tense and often moving crime novel - Stav Sherez

  • A dazzling, gripping novel - the kind of book you can't put down even as the tension rises to almost unbearable levels - William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier

  • What a novel - dark, devious and shocking: chillingly nuanced, and with a remarkable candour about it, too. We never stop rooting for Laurie and Martha. - Andrew Taylor, number one bestselling author of Ashes of London

  • A stunner . . . a psychological thriller of depth, intelligence and emotion - The Times

  • Duffy writes with a judicious combination of power and subtlety, to create a haunting tale that lingers in the memory - Sunday Times (Crime Club)

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Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy has written thirteen novels, over fifty short stories, and ten plays. She has twice won Stonewall Writer of the Year and twice won the CWA Short Story Dagger. HBO have optioned her two Theodora novels for television. In addition to her writing work, Stella is a theatre-maker and the co-director of the national Fun Palaces campaign for greater access to culture for all. She was awarded an OBE in 2016 for her services to the Arts. Her website is

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