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You Can't Hurt Me

On sale

7th November 2024

Price: £22

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781398717251

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Anna is on the brink of losing it all when she is handed the career opportunity of a lifetime – working as a ghostwriter for charismatic neuroscientist Nate. Nate’s work at the mysterious Pain Laboratory could transform millions of lives, but his research is overshadowed by rumours surrounding the shocking death of his wife Eva. As Anna writes Nate’s story, she finds herself obsessed with Eva, a former patient of Nate’s who was unable to experience pain but found joy in inflicting it. As she strips away the secrets of their toxic marriage she makes a shocking discovery. And writing the truth will have deadly consequences . . .

YOU CAN’T HURT ME is your next thriller obsession for readers who enjoyed AJ Finn’s THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, JP Delaney’s THE GIRL BEFORE and Alex Michaelides THE SILENT PATIENT.


Joanna Briscoe
This is a psychological thriller of the classier variety: notably well written, and tight with dark and disturbing tension. I was hooked
Lisa Ballantyne, bestselling author of Everything She Forgot
An assured debut that is as fresh and exciting as it is dark.
Ellery Lloyd, author of the New York Times bestseller The Club
An elegantly-written novel that is as gripping as it is thought-provoking, this is a compellingly twisty thriller which explores brilliantly the relationship between pain, memory, our bodies and ourselves. An absolutely gripping read which comes together with a neatness that is both satisfying and chilling.
Sabine Durrant
You Can't Hurt Me is a smart, wonderfully chilling debut - a gripping narrative with an unforgettable sting in its tail
Tara Laskowski
Emma Cook's tightly woven thriller proves that the worst pain isn't caused by physical wounds, but by the emotional harm we inflict on one another
Catherine Cooper
A slow-burn, atmospheric and literary thriller full of menace and secrets with some killer twists
Sharon Bolton
An exceptional debut: tense, taut and thrillingly original. Emma Cook writes beautifully
Lisa Ballantyne
An assured debut that is as fresh and exciting as it is dark. Deft handling of sensitive subject matter: sex, power and control
Sunday Times bestselling author Lucy Clarke, author of The Hike
Original and chilling, You Can't Hurt Me is a captivating psychological thriller told in striking prose. As the pace ratchets, this smartly constructed story draws the reader towards a breathtaking conclusion. An assured, complex, and gripping debut.