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A twisty, unputdownable thriller about the secrets people keep and the lies people tell, for fans of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. “Compelling and flawless” Sharon Bolton

What would you do if the man you love was arrested for murder?

Bad things never happen to Charlotte.

But her fiancé Dan has been hiding a secret, and the pressure is pushing him over the edge.

When he’s arrested for killing a nightclub owner, Charlotte’s future is shattered.

Then she opens her door to Keisha, an angry and frustrated stranger with a story to tell.

Convinced of Dan’s innocence, Charlotte must fight for him – even if it means destroying her perfect life. But what Keisha knows will threaten everyone she loves, and put Charlotte’s own life in danger…

Three stories. One truth. Brace yourself for The Fall.

What people are saying about Claire McGowan:

‘A knockout new talent’ Lee Child

‘Astonishing, powerful and immensely satisfying’ Peter James

‘Compelling and flawlessSharon Bolton

‘A keeps-you-guessing mystery’ Alex Marwood

Clever and entertaining’ Jane Casey

Original and compelling’ Mark Edwards

‘Terrifically assured and pulse poundingStav Sherez

‘Taut plotting and assured writing’ Good Housekeeping

‘A cool and twisted debut’ Daily Mirror

‘She knows how to tell a cracking story’ Daily Mail

Page turningGuardian

Chills you to the bone’ Daily Telegraph


One of the very best novels I've read in a long while...astonishing, powerful and immensely satisfying
Peter James
There is nothing not to like...a compelling and flawless thriller
S J Bolton
A cool and twisted debut
Daily Mirror
She knows how to tell a cracking story. She will go far
Daily Mail
It's crime-novel-meets-Hampstead-novel but without the contrivances of the former genre and the navel-gazing of the latter. Funny and perfectly paced, the pervading sense of "there but for the grace of God go you" chills you to the bone
Daily Telegraph
There is nothing not to like . . . a compelling and flawless thriller
Sharon Bolton
The characters are finely drawn, and it's concern for them, rather than for whodunnit, that provides the page-turning impetus in this promising debut
Hugely impressive
Irish Examiner
Highly original and compelling
Mark Edwards