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Strangers at the Gate

5th September UK

22nd October US

Finnie Doyle and Paddy Lamb are leaving city life behind them and moving to the little town of Simmerton. Paddy has landed a partnership in a local solicitors and Finnie’s snagged a job as a church deacon. Their rented cottage is quaint; their new colleagues are charming; they can’t believe their luck.

But witnessing the bloody aftermath of a brutal murder changes everything. They’ve each been keeping secrets about their pasts. And they both know their precious new start won’t survive a scandal. Together, for the best of reasons, they make the worst decision of their lives.

And that’s only the beginning. The deep, deep valley where Simmerton sits and the even deeper side cuts where the sun never shines are unlike anywhere Finn and Paddy have been before. They are not the only ones hiding in these shadows and very soon they’ve lost control of the game they decided to play.

Where do you turn, when everyone’s a stranger and you stop believing what your own eyes see?

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"Enthralling" BOOKLIST

"Another unsettling and cleverly plotted winner form the enormously talented McPherson."             KIRKUS