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Named a New York Times Best Book to Give!

"This house of correction is booby-trapped with twists, the floors paved with trapdoors, quicksand churning in the garden. Enter if you dare." –A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

"Full of unexpected turns . . . Immensely satisfying." – The New York Times Book Review

In this heart-pounding standalone thriller from bestselling author Nicci French, a woman accused of murder attempts to solve her own case from the confines of prison—but as she unravels the truth, everything is called into question, including her own certainty that she is innocent.

Tabitha is not a murderer.

When a body is discovered in Okeham, England, Tabitha is shocked to find herself being placed in handcuffs. It must be a mistake. She'd only recently moved back to her childhood hometown, not even getting a chance to reacquaint herself with the neighbors. How could she possibly be a murder suspect?

She knows she's not.

As Tabitha is shepherded through the system, her entire life is picked apart and scrutinized —her history of depression and medications, her decision to move back to a town she supposedly hated . . . and of course, her past relationship with the victim, her former teacher. But most unsettling, Tabitha's own memories of that day are a complete blur.

She thinks she's not.

From the isolation of the correctional facility, Tabitha dissects every piece of evidence, every testimony she can get her hands on, matching them against her own recollections. But as dark, long-buried memories from her childhood come to light, Tabatha begins to question if she knows what kind of person she is after all. The world is convinced she's a killer. Tabatha needs to prove them all wrong.

But what if she's only lying to herself?

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Named a New York Times Best Book to Give!

"This house of correction is booby-trapped with twists, the floors paved with trapdoors, quicksand churning in the garden. Enter if you dare." –A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

"Full of unexpected turns . . . Immensely satisfying." – The New York Times Book Review

In this heart-pounding standalone thriller from bestselling author Nicci French, a woman accused of murder attempts to solve her own case from the confines of prison—but as she unravels the truth, everything is called into question, including her own certainty that she is innocent.

Tabitha is not a murderer.

When a body is discovered in Okeham, England, Tabitha is shocked to find herself being placed in handcuffs. It...

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Named a New York Times Best Book to Give!

"This house of correction is booby-trapped with twists, the floors paved with trapdoors, quicksand churning in the garden. Enter if you dare." –A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

"Full of unexpected turns . . . Immensely satisfying." – The New York Times Book Review

In this heart-pounding standalone thriller from bestselling author Nicci French, a woman accused of murder attempts to solve her own case from the confines of prison—but as she unravels the truth, everything is called into question, including her own certainty that she is innocent.

Tabitha is not a murderer.

When a body is discovered in Okeham, England, Tabitha is shocked to find herself being placed in handcuffs. It must be a mistake. She'd only recently moved back to her childhood hometown, not even getting a chance to reacquaint herself with the neighbors. How could she possibly be a murder suspect?

She knows she's not.

As Tabitha is shepherded through the system, her entire life is picked apart and scrutinized —her history of depression and medications, her decision to move back to a town she supposedly hated . . . and of course, her past relationship with the victim, her former teacher. But most unsettling, Tabitha's own memories of that day are a complete blur.

She thinks she's not.

From the isolation of the correctional facility, Tabitha dissects every piece of evidence, every testimony she can get her hands on, matching them against her own recollections. But as dark, long-buried memories from her childhood come to light, Tabatha begins to question if she knows what kind of person she is after all. The world is convinced she's a killer. Tabatha needs to prove them all wrong.

But what if she's only lying to herself?

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      • source: The New York Times Book Review
      • content: "Part Nancy Drew, part "Twelve Angry Men," full of unexpected turns and surprisingly taut courtroom scenes. . . . Immensely satisfying."
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      • source: The Big Thrill on House of Correction
      • content: "Readers who love stories of empowered underdogs will cheer for Tabitha as she pieces together the facts that will prove her guilt or innocence."
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      • source: Publishers Weekly on House of Correction
      • content: "Seamlessly shifts from prison drama to procedural to legal thriller—and finally to an ingenious twist on the locked-room mystery. French continues to impress."
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      • source: Addison Independent on House of Correction
      • content: "If you enjoy a whodunit headed up by a slightly unreliable narrator who is also an amateur sleuth, this unsettling yet sharp suspense novel will be most enjoyable."
      • premium: False
      • source: Book Reporter on The Lying Room
      • content: "An enthralling and addicting novel . . . Longtime fans of French will find their high expectations rewarded, while newcomers will be motivated to explore the author's backlist. I envy their discovery."
      • premium: False
      • source: Book Reporter on House of Correction 
      • content: "An enjoyable mystery that offers unique views of the legal system and is a refreshing change of pace for readers of this genre."
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      • source:  A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window, on House of Correction
      • content: "This house of correction is booby-trapped with twists, the floors paved with trapdoors, quicksand churning in the garden. Enter if you dare." –A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
      • premium: False
      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "Fans of domestic thrillers will be rewarded."
      • premium: False
      • source: Air Mail on House of Correction
      • content: "This is a skillful and powerfully written blending of genres: an unsparing look at prison life, an unruly courtroom drama, a well-plotted murder mystery, and, most of all, a raw portrait of an angry, damaged woman whose complete disregard for being liked serves her very well indeed."
      • premium: False
      • source: Red Carpet Crash on House of Correction
      • content: "Genius . . . a lot of fun . . . Nicci French always writes great novels and this is no exception. The character of Tabitha is one of the best ones all year in any novels I have read."
      • premium: False
      • source: Popsugar on House of Correction
      • content: "Will leave readers questioning everything they think they know."
      • premium: False
      • source: Booklist
      • content: "International bestseller French belongs on every thriller fan's TBR list."
      • premium: False
      • source: News Times (Connecticut) on House of Correction
      • content: "Nicci French crafted a blisteringly intense thriller about a woman trying to prove her innocence from the confines of prison . . . House of Correction is a gripping drama that will leave thriller lovers rapidly turning the page as twist after twist unfurls."
      • premium: False
      • source: Kirkus Reviews on The Lying Room
      • content: "Having ended the saga of forensic psychologist Frieda Klein on a suitably harrowing note, French produces a stand-alone that's just as suspenseful . . . The sorely tried heroine realizes, "I can't trust anyone." Neither can the expertly manipulated reader."
      • premium: False
      • source: The Shawangunk Journal (New York) on House of Correction
      • content: "A big book, as always, and more than one kind of thriller, even though brilliantly integrated into one headlong narrative. It's all-out psychological suspense: the central figure is maybe the hardest-to-like Nicci French antiheroine yet (and you'll be rooting for her almost at once); but then it's also a smashing courtroom drama."
      • premium: False
      • source: Booklist on House of Correction
      • content: "Another winner . . . combining an impeccably constructed, secrecy-prone English village with masterful plotting and an indefatigable protagonist who carries on, no matter the cost."
      • premium: False
      • source: People on The Lying Room
      • content: "Razor-sharp writing by French expertly amps the tension."
      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        May 1, 2020

        The first mystery Banville has written under his own name, rather than as Benjamin Black, Snow stars a crusty Protestant detective investigating a murder in County Wexford, buried in endless Snow. In Carlyle's debut, The Girl in the Mirror, jealous Iris takes over the identity--and the handsome husband--of golden-girl twin sister Summer, who mysteriously disappears from a yacht in the middle of the Indian Ocean (100,000-copy first printing). In House of Correction, French's new stand-alone, back-in-town Tabitha is arrested for murder when a dead body is found in her shed, and given her pill-popping history of depression and faded recollections of the day, she starts wondering if she really is guilty (50,000-copy paperback and 30,000-copy hardcover first printing). In Jewell's Invisible Girl, virginal 30-year-old geography teacher Owen Pick is suspended from his job for sexual misconduct he denies, ends up on a shady online involuntary celibate forum, and eventually is a suspect in a teenager's disappearance (250,000-copy first printing). Molloy follows up her New York Times best-selling The Perfect Mother with Goodnight Beautiful, about newlyweds Sam Statler and Annie Potter, who have moved to his quiet upstate New York hometown as he pursues his career as a therapist, though, dangerously, his sessions are heard by neighbors through a ceiling vent (100,000-copy first printing). A Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner and finalist for multitudinous awards, Neville collects short crime, horror, and speculative fiction (some new to print) in The Traveller and Other Stories, a cogent example of Northern Irish noir. With Death and the Maiden, Norman wraps up mother Ariana Franklin's 1100s England-set series about Adelia Aguilar, Mistress of the Art of Death, with an original story about Adelia's daughter, Allie, investigating when several girls go missing from a village she is visiting (40,000-copy first printing). The protean Oates offers four masterly, never-before-published novellas, exemplified by the titular story in Cardiff by the Sea, whose protagonist rediscovers past tragedy when she inherits a house in Maine from someone she doesn't know. In Patterson/Serafin's Three Women Disappear, a mob accountant who is the nephew of the don of central Florida is fatally stabbed in his own kitchen, and which of three women--his wife, his maid, or his personal chef--might be responsible (500,000-copy first printing)? Rankin's A Song for Dark Times witnesses the returns of Inspector Rebus (50,000-copy first printing). In The Devil and the Dark Water, Turton's follow-up to the top LibraryReads pick, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, famed detective Samuel Pipps is sailing back to Amsterdam in chains when terrifying events assault the crew, Pipps's sidekick vanishes, and Pipps himself is asked to puzzle out what's happening.

        Copyright 2020 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
      • content:

        August 3, 2020
        Accused murderer Tabitha Hardy, the protagonist of this ambitious standalone from the pseudonymous French (the Frieda Klein series), starts with two strikes against her. First, the London copy editor impulsively fires her court-appointed counsel and demands to represent herself against the charge that within weeks of moving home to remote Okeham, England, she fatally stabbed neighbor Stuart Rees, her secondary school math teacher, who abused her when she was 15. Second, though Tabitha believes herself incapable of killing anybody, she can’t remember much of the fateful day. And so the stage is set for a suspenseful battle of wits and wills, as the vulnerable loner takes on the Crown Prosecutor and her own often self-defeating psychology. Though Tabitha’s depressive personality palls over the course of 500 pages, one can’t help rooting for her. French, the British husband-and-wife writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, seamlessly shifts from prison drama to procedural to legal thriller—and finally to an ingenious twist on the locked-room mystery. French continues to impress. Agent: Agent: Joy Harris, Joy Harris Literary.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
      • content:

        August 1, 2020
        Tabitha Hardy, prone to depression, is having a bad day, but it gets significantly worse when the stabbed body of Stuart Rees is found in her shed. She didn't feel well that day and later remembers little about it, but she's charged with murder and jailed. Her attorney?angry that Tabitha had not disclosed either her history of depression or her past relationship with Rees, her former math teacher, who had sex with her when she was 15?urges Tabitha to plead guilty to manslaughter. But Tabitha, claiming innocence, fires the attorney, electing to represent herself. It's a daunting job, but it helps her case when she learns that Rees, portrayed as the heart and soul of the village, was actually widely disliked; still, Tabitha wants to identify the actual murderer and gets crucial help from her former cellmate. The writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French delivers another winner (following The Living Room, 2019), combining an impeccably constructed, secrecy-prone English village with masterful plotting and an indefatigable protagonist who carries on, no matter the cost.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

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