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'A rich, intricately-woven novel of childhood crime and adult redemption. I finished it with my heart in my mouth. Highly recommended.' - Louise Candlish
The little Carter sisters live in a beautiful house on the hill. To the outside world, their childhood is perfect.
Then one day, ten-year-old Sara does something unforgivable.
On the anniversary of the trial, the sisters are forced to confront what really happened for the first time – with devastating consequences for them b oth.
What drives a child to do the unthinkable? And even if you manage to escape from your past, can you ever be truly forgiven?
When I Was Ten is a chilling page-turner by Fiona Cummins, for those who love the sinister crime of Ruth Rendell and Nicci French, and the domestic suspense of Louise Candlish and Erin Kelly.
'I’m not exaggerating when I say that this. When I was Ten is probably the best psychological thriller I have ever read.' MW Craven, bestselling author of The Puppet Show, winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award 2019.
‘I was totally hooked’ - Lisa Hall, The Party
'Just finished the incredible #WhenIwasTen @FionaAnnCummins. Pretty much held my breath for the last 20 pages. It's sensational.' Clare Epsom, author of Him and Mine
‘Her best book yet – this could storm in my top thriller reads’ Fiona Sharp, Waterstones bookseller
‘Chilling, clever, insightful and another unputdownable read! Loved it!’ Karen Hamilton, bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend
'I was absolutely riveted from first to last. Brilliantly written and brilliantly executed’ Cari Rosen, editor of Gransnet
‘If this isn’t one of the books of the year...A dark, emotive, twisting, beautifully written thriller with a visceral jeopardy driving a plot that is so skillfully wrought. Just brilliant’ Karen Sullivan, Orenda Books
‘Just finished reading When I Was Ten by the incredibly talented Fiona Cummins. Disturbingly real. This needs to be a TV series’ Joy Kluver, blogger
‘Yet again Fiona Cummins proves herself to be a writing wizard. Mesmerising, beautifully written, compelling, twisty, shocking, emotional and expertly plotted’ Victoria Goldman, Off-the-Shelf Books
‘A stunningly compelling story of children who kill and the endless aftermath. Intelligent, intricate, insightful, exceptionally well written and chock full of authentic humanity. Pure brilliance.’ Liz Barnsley, Liz Loves Books
‘This was a brilliant, brilliant read, I’ve loved Fiona’s other books but this was another level' Nikki Smith, author All In Her Head
‘I read a proof of this courtesy of Capital Crime and it was absolutely brilliant. One of the most gripping thrillers I’ve read all year’ C J Cooper, author of The Book Club
Praise for Fiona Cummins:
‘Creepy as hell’ Ian Rankin
‘A crime novel of the very first order’ David Baldacci
‘Trust me – Cummins is a keeper’ Lee Child
‘Excellent’ Martina Cole
‘Head and shoulders above most of the competition’ Val McDermid
‘Fiona Cummins has a gift... Superbly sinister’ Sunday Mirror
‘When writing from the perspective of ordinary people caught up in horrific events, Fiona Cummins is unbeatable’ Sunday Express
‘Fiona Cummins is the queen of all things dark and wonderful, and she writes so beautifully. It creeped me the hell out and I absolutely LOVED it’ Joanna Cannon
‘Brilliant . . . dark, creepy and twisted’ C. J. Tudor
‘I absolutely loved it. Dark, intriguing and gripping . . . and so beautifully written’ Laura Marshall
‘An original plot, brilliantly crafted with the wonderfully atmospheric storytelling that readers have come to expect from Fiona Cummins’ Olivia Kiernan
‘Drew me in from the very first page with her original and compelling prose. Dark, creepy and intense with brilliant characters and a clever plot with an ending I didn’t see coming’ Jenny Quintana
‘Every page drips with threat and menace . . . Totally gripping’ Liz Nugent
‘Incredibly creepy, intense and compelling’ Will Dean