A stunning debut - part psychological thriller, part detective novel - from a powerful and distinctive new voice. The murder of a first-year university student shocks the city of Durham.
The victim, Emily Brabents, was from the privileged and popular set at Joyce College, a cradle for the country's future elite. As Detective Inspector Erica Martin investigates the college, she finds a close-knit community fuelled by jealousy, obsession and secrets.
But the very last thing she expects is an instant confession . . . The picture of Emily that begins to emerge is that of a girl wanted by everyone, but not truly known by anyone.
Anyone, that is, except Daniel Shepherd. Her fellow student, ever-faithful friend and the only one who cares.
The only one who would do anything for her . . . Praise for Bitter Fruits:'There is a gripping, economic precision in this highly charged thriller.'Ralph Fiennes'Grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let go.
A compelling read, beautifully written ... A tense, captivating tale, brilliantly told'Rachel Abbott'Once I started reading it I couldn't stop.
A brilliantly plotted and utterly gripping thriller.' Emma Kavanagh'Superbly gripping ...
A very assured page-turning storm I read in one sitting.'Stav Sherez'A psychological police procedural ...
An intelligent and thrilling debut.'Peter Guttridge, author and former Observer crime critic'Intriguing and sinister with masterful plotting and tension.
A bittersweet read by a new crime author I can't wait to read again.' Mel Sherratt'A thought-provoking, atmospheric and emotional page turning thriller - brimming with mystery and suspense.
I absolutely loved this novel, and devoured it from cover to cover.'Paul Pilkington