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One photo. Seven friends. And a strange face, none of them recognise.

“I loved it – a classy and clever subversion of a country house mystery” Harriet Tyce

** A Sunday Times crime book of the month**

A group of old friends gather at a remote Scottish castle, one last weekend before Georgie’s wedding. Down at the loch, they take a group photo – but what they see stops them cold.

Because there’s a stranger behind them.

None of them saw him, and nobody knows where he went. They’re miles from the nearest town. Where did he come from, and where did he go?

As the weekend unravels and terrible secrets come to light, it soon becomes clear that their perfect weekend is turning into a perfect nightmare. They’re desperate to leave – but someone won’t let them.


A page-turning thriller perfect for fans of Catherine Cooper’s THE CHALET and Lucy Foley’s THE HUNTING PARTY.

Praise for Down By The Water:

Down By The Water takes the reader on a weekend trip from hell… I loved the classy writing and ever-growing sense of unease in this clever subversion of a classic country house mystery” – Harriet Tyce
“A chilling drama” Sunday Times
“Sinister and atmospheric” – Chris Brookmyre
“Tense, mesmerising and heartbreaking, I was truly gripped” – Susi Holliday
“A gripping mystery.” – Nathan Ripley

Reviews

All is not as it seems in this classy, clever mystery
Harriet Tyce
Sinister and atmospheric, peeling back the superficial veneers of friendship to reveal the darker truths that lurk beneath.
Chris Brookmyre
Tense, mesmerising and heartbreaking, I was truly gripped
Susi Holliday
Down by the Water is a dark and twisty tale of female friendship that commands your attention from start to finish. Elle Connel is a novelist at the top of her game.
Claire L. Heuchan
A psychological thriller with both depth and drive, Down By The Water is a gripping mystery.
Nathan Ripley
A chilling drama
Sunday Times
Elle Connel picks away the veneer of old friendships in this sinister and compelling tale of sorrow, secrets, and betrayal.
E. S. Thomson