Reviews

“Claire Askew takes us away from the obvious plot and asks us tantalising questions… the three women… form an absorbing psychological trio for Askew’s thought-provoking, upsetting entry into crime fiction.” (The Times)

“Splendid debut… thoughtful and well-written.” (The Guardian)

“You’ll be gripped by the unexpected truths that emerge. Compelling.” (Marie Claire)

“Compellingly written, in DI Birch it also has a heroine you can’t help but root for.” (Daily Mail)

“As scarily plausible as it is utterly captivating, this is an absorbing and unforgettable debut.” (Heat)

“…This is a memorable novel and one which would lend itself well to a TV adaption.” (The Scotsman)

“Raw, powerful, compassionate and deeply moving, with page-turning tension to the end. A stunning debut.” (Sunday Times Crime Club)

“…It is the page-turner it promises and well worth losing yourself in.” (Irish News)

“…This psychological suspense story is one of the best books of the year.” (The Globe and Mail)

“…This is a gripping debut crime thriller that draws you in with plenty of accurately-observed characters.” (Irish Examiner)

“Gripping, heartbreaking and horrifyingly plausible. I couldn’t tear myself away from this book. Claire Askew is a stunning new voice in crime fiction.” (Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said)

“Moving and memorable.” (The Sunday Times)

“An intricate, pacy, risky and intriguing novel.” (Jenn Ashworth)

“Outstanding. A chilling, relentless and needle-sharp thriller that will stay with you long after you reach the final page.” (Cara Hunter)

“This is such a clever, brave book. Askew looks unflinchingly at the unimaginable, but her writing is wrought with compassion. It’s as heart-rending as it is gripping.” (Sabine Durrant, author of Lie With Me)

“It’s top-class writing and I really hope that it won’t be long before we hear more from Claire Askew. When we think about Edinburgh crime out thoughts turn to Ian Rankin and Val McDermid. Claire Askew could be up there with them.” (The Book Bag)

“Emotionally engrossing, morally challenging, horribly topical.” (Tammy Cohen)

“A gripping, thought provoking and ultimately uplifting crime debut. I love that this book, which focuses on a crime against women, is itself about women and not the man that committed the crime. A story of how, when something terrible happens, you might start to pick up some of the tiny little pieces for your life and try to find a way through. The story, the characters and the city are all vivid and utterly alive and they left me feeling angry and full of adrenaline and love.” (Lucy Ayrton, author of One More Chance)

“There’s so much to enjoy about this compelling debut. The three different viewpoints really pulled me into the story, and got me thinking about the nature of victimhood as well as collective social responsibility. This is a timely, relevant, and thought-provoking novel.” (Sarah Franklin, author of Shelter)

“A novel so shockingly current that it seem to fiction a world even as it changes around us.” (Shelley Harris, author of Vigilant)

“All The Hidden Truths is a marvel… absorbing and suspenseful, it’s a thought-provoking debut novel.” (The Skinny)

“Haunting.” (Grazia)

“Really excellent – totally gripping… very realistic. One to look out for.” (Sophie Cameron, author of Out of the Blue)

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