The gripping new psychological suspense novel from the bestselling author of breakout hit HE SAID/SHE SAID
This novel was previously published as Stone Mothers in hardback.
Gripping, terrifying and moving back through time to reveal twists you'll never see coming, We Know You Know delivers shocks and suspense from a master of thriller writing.
'Addictively scary and thrillingly audacious' Nicci French
'Captivating, cleverly constructed' Paula Hawkins
'One of the best writers in the genre. Properly chilling' Red
'I heard the swish of falling paper. I grazed my knuckles retrieving a beige folder, its grubby white ribbon loose. Looping doctor's handwriting. Addresses. Dates. Names. Photographs! I had found the patients whose notes would bring the past back to life.'
A lifetime ago, a patient escaped Nazareth mental asylum. They covered their tracks carefully. Or so they thought.
Thirty years ago, Marianne Smy committed a crime then fled from her home to leave the past behind. Or so she thought.
Now, Marianne has been forced to return. Nazareth asylum has been converted to luxury flats, but its terrible hold on her is still strong. A successful academic, a loving mother and a loyal wife, she fears her secret being revealed and her world shattering.
She is right to be scared.
'Kelly is a master' Observer
'So CLEVER ... and the writing is perfection' Marian Keyes
'Another twisty, layered, nuanced story' Ruth Ware
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
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.
STONE MOTHERS is a clever, nuanced psychological thriller from one of the best writers in the genre. Properly chilling, you'll be gripped.
The incomparable Erin Kelly has written another captivating, cleverly constructed contemporary novel.
Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
Crime fiction at its most ingenious and gripping - and its wisest.
The fantastically taut, compelling plot, brooding atmosphere and fast pace make it a winner.
Doubly excellent - truly fine psychological suspense, and plenty to think about, too, when your pulse has returned to normal.
Lee Child, Sunday Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
A gripping thriller which is impossible to put down, culminating in a heart-stopping final showdown
From the twist on the first page to the final gasp, this is a dazzling psychological thriller.
Compelling, darkly atmospheric and powerful, STONE MOTHERS leads you deeper and deeper into a claustrophobic world of desire, violence and blackmail. With all the ingredients of a classic psychological thriller, it's also got amazing depth and resonance, examining the shifting dynamics of power and the legacy of violence.
Bridget Collins, author of The Binding
Gripping, atmospheric thriller.
The plot is so CLEVER, the characterisation weep-makingly wise, and the writing is perfection. It is great.
Marian Keyes, author of The Break
A great read... another twisty, layered, nuanced story, filled with complexity and shadows.
Ruth Ware, author of The Death of Mrs Westaway
STONE MOTHERS is a pitch-perfect, beautifully-written, literary crime novel. I pressed my copy into the hands of a friend as soon as I'd finished it.
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.
Atmospheric, compelling and worryingly apposite. This is powerful storytelling for the times we're in.
Compelling... The strength of Kelly's writing is the combination of strong, believable characters and ingenious plotting, her brilliantly timed reveals constantly pulling the rug out from under her readers. Exemplary writing.
The Big Issue
What a storyteller Erin Kelly is. The women in this story and the ways in which their lives are entwined, the echoes of the past, the weight of secrets, the fear and the intimacy - it's all here. Simply spectacular.
An atmospheric tale of buried truths and the devastating consequences, I was fascinated and horrified in equal measure. Another triumph from Erin Kelly.
SJI Holliday, author of The Lingering
Chilling, spine-tingling with a pace that leaves you breathless. STONE MOTHERS is a beautifully written puzzle, a thriller with heart that had me racing through the pages to find out what happens.
Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat
Warning: may induce whiplash. So many novelists merely maintain altitude with each book; Erin Kelly tops herself time and again. STONE MOTHERS is the best and boldest novel to date from one of the very best thriller writers at work today: a sinuous, slippery thriller as ingenious as it is absorbing.
A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window