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‘Darkness Falls is a model of what the modern suspense thriller should be — tense, scary, page-turning and stomach-churning — because we care most of all about what happens to the characters. Set aside a day — you won't be able to put it down once it has you in its grip.’ Val McDermid
‘A piece of absolutely terrifying writing . . . This is crime's most compelling, chilling book ever.’ North Wales Chronicle
CLARA PASCAL HAS IT ALL
She’s beautiful, successful and devoted mother. People want to be her.
THEN IT’S SNATCHED AWAY
Now, robbed of everything that gives her life meaning, she lies chained to the stone wall of a dark cellar – without food, warmth, or sleep, without even the most basic communication.
HER ABDUCTOR WON’T EVEN TELL HER WHY HE’S TAKEN HER
As the police team frantically investigates, knocking on doors, following up wisps of leads, bullying, cajoling, begging witnesses for help, it seems that Clara Pascal has disappeared without trace.
Meanwhile, in her dark prison, Clara begins to suspect why her kidnapper has kept her alive. And the reason is terrifying.
DISCOVER AN ABSOLUTELY COMPELLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER BY AN AWARD-WINNING WRITER
This dark, twisting thriller will have you gripped from start to breathtaking finish. Perfect for fans of Carol Wyer, Lisa Jewell, Karin Slaughter, Jess Ryder, Mark Edwards and Charlie Gallagher.
PRAISE FOR MARGARET MURPHY
‘A skillfully plotted story with strongly drawn characters.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Just what British crime writing is crying out for — a compassionate, grass roots British novel with the pace, energy and impeccable research of an American thriller.’ Mo Hayder
‘Sets new standards in the psychological thriller . . . It's hard to believe something this assured is a first novel. A remarkable debut — threatening, thrilling and thoroughly authentic.’ Val McDermid
‘Debut crime novels that can be praised unreservedly are rare. Murphy creates terrific menace and tension, well-climaxed.’ Marcel Berlins, The Times
‘Exemplary chiller . . . If Murphy's appointed task is to scare the reader she succeeds brilliantly.’ Literary Review
‘Clara will fascinate readers . . . fans will value this dark psychological thriller.’ Midwest Book Review