By Clare Empson
Read by Max Dowler and Nathalie Buscombe
Big Little Lies meets 13 Reasons Why in this dark and suspenseful debut from a stunning new talent.
'Gripping, involving, heartbreaking ... really interesting and thought-provoking on the impact of shame and silence.'
Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request
It all started with ... HIM.
Catherine has become mute. She has witnessed something so disturbing that she simply can't speak - not to her husband, her children, or her friends. The doctors say the only way forward is to look into her past. Catherine needs to start with Him. Lucian.
Catherine met the love of her life at university and was drawn into his elite circle of privileged, hedonistic friends. But one night it all falls apart and she leaves him, shattering his life forever.
Still, fifteen years later, Lucian haunts every one of Catherine's quiet moments, and when they are unexpectedly reunited, their love reignites with explosive force.
But they can't move on from what happened all those years ago. In fact, uncovering the truth will cause their lives to implode once again. This time, with disastrous consequences.
Read by Nathalie Buscombe and Max Dowler
(p) Orion Publishing Group 2018
Clare is a journalist with a background in national newspapers - small business editor, finance correspondent and fashion at the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Express, freelance for The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times, the Evening Standard and Tatler amongst others. She currently works as editor/founder of experiential lifestyle website www.countrycalling.co.uk.
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23 Aug 2018
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Gripping, involving, heartbreaking ... really interesting and thought-provoking on the impact of shame and silence. — Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request
What a wonderful debut! It was dark, addictive and ultimately heart breaking. — Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things
Gripping and kept me guessing - and so emotionally true. — Sophie Kinsella
Him is dark, gripping, original and totally heartbreaking. Clare Empson writes like a dream: taut and sophisticated, not a word wasted. I loved this book. — Francesca Jakobi, author of Bitter
Addictive, elegant and pacey writing. Brideshead recalibrated by way of Big Little Lies. — Lex Coulton
A compelling and unforgettable novel in which silence speaks louder than words and relationships are not what they seem. I was utterly gripped from the first sentence. — Elisa Lodato, author of An Unremarkable Body
There are shades of Brideshead in this elegantly written novel that explores the devastating effects of a doomed love affair. A captivating read. — Karen Perry, author of Girl Unknown
A dark love story. — Daily Mail
Beautiful writing, tense atmosphere, a dazzling debut. — Lara Dearman