Fiction Book Group - The House of Ashes, Stuart Neville

September 2022 Fiction

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For fans of Gillian Flynn and Tana French, a chilling story of a Northern Irish murder sixty years buried
Sara Keane’s husband, Damien, has uprooted them from England and moved them to his native Northern Ireland for a “fresh start” in the wake of her nervous breakdown. Sara, who knows no one in Northern Ireland, is jobless, carless, friendless—all but a prisoner in her own house. When a blood-soaked old woman beats on the door, insisting the house is hers before being bundled back to her care facility, Sara begins to understand the house has a terrible history her husband never intended for her to discover. As the two women form a bond over their shared traumas, Sara finds the strength to stand up to her abuser, and Mary—silent for six decades—is finally ready to tell her story . . .

Through the counterpoint voices—one modern Englishwoman, one Northern Irish farmgirl speaking from half a century earlier—Stuart Neville offers a chilling and gorgeous portrait of violence and resilience in this truly haunting narrative.

A CrimeReads Best Crime Novel of 2021
CrimeReads Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of Fall

“Chilling, compassionate and compelling, Stuart Neville takes us straight to the dark heart of rural Ireland.”
— Val McDermid

“A brilliant, atmospheric novel from Stuart Neville that plays with chronology and the idea that evil can linger in the dark places. Neville writes with care and empathy and his characters will stay with you for a long time. In a storied career, this may well be Stuart Neville’s best book.”
— Adrian McKinty, bestselling author of The Cold Cold Ground

“Moving, thrilling, tragic. The House of Ashes is a phenomenal achievement from a crime fiction Titan.”
— Chris Whitaker, author of We Begin at the End

“A gripping mystery with a soupçon of the supernatural . . . Neville fuses a heartbreaking story of domestic abuse with a tightly written thriller in The House of Ashes.”
— Oline H. Cogdill, Shelf Awareness

“Neville has been known for his beautifully written Northern Irish noir. But with The House of Ashes, while the writing is still beautiful, Neville’s subject is men[’s] mistreatment of women—including murder—and women who find the courage to stand up . . . A remarkable, if troubling, work about resilience and justice.”
— Jack Batten, The Toronto Star

Stuart Neville

About the Author
Stuart Neville, 
the “king of Belfast noir” (The Guardian), is the author of the short story collection The Traveller, as well as nine novels, for which he has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and been shortlisted for the Edgar, Macavity, Dilys, Barry, and Anthony Awards as well as the CWA Steel Dagger. He lives near Belfast.

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