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‘A fantastic debut: dark, addictive and original. I couldn’t put it down’
Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice

Do you want a thriller that grips from the first line?

Do you want a thriller to leave you gasping for air?

Connor Laird frightens people: he’s intense, he’s fearless, and he seems to be willing to do anything to protect himself and those he loves. He arrives in the Longacre Children’s Home seemingly from nowhere, and instantly becomes hero and villain to every other child there.

Thirty years later, someone is killing all of those who grew up in the Longacre, one by one. Each of them has secrets, not least investigating cop DI Ray Drake.

One by one the mysteries of the past are revealed as Drake finds himself in a race against time before the killer gets to him.

Who is killing to hide their secret?

And can YOU guess the ending?


Grips from the start and never lets up’
The Times

Wreaks havoc with your assumptions. Hill has a hell of a career ahead of him’
Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls and The Darkest Secret

A cracking debut. I can’t wait to see more of Ray Drake.’
Mark Billingham, #1 bestselling author of Love Like Blood and In The Dark

‘Utterly gripping, packed with unforgettable characters – and SO well-written. The twists had me reeling!’
Louise Voss

Reviews

A cracking debut from a talent to watch
Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle
As poignant as it is gripping.
Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express
Enough cunning plot twists to keep you hooked right up to the nerve-jangling denouement.
Paul Burston
A superb final twist
Morning Star
Utterly gripping, packed with unforgettable characters - and SO well-written. The twists had me reeling!
Louise Voss
Ambitiously complex and compelling, Two O'Clock Boy left me deliciously uncomfortable and blindsided by that final twist!
Angela Clarke
Two O'Clock Boy is surely going to be the hardest debut of 2017 to beat. What a story and what a superb writer!
Alex Gray
A compelling read, packed with unexpected twists and explosive secrets, that builds to a shocking and unforgettable climax. A fantastic debut.
Rod Reynolds
Unputdownable!
Claire Evans, author of The Fourteenth Letter
A delight of a book that wreaks havoc with your assumptions in a delicious Highsmithian manner. Hill has a hell of a career ahead of him.
Alex Marwood
Twisty, gripping and gritty, Two O'Clock Boy is an exciting start to a major new crime series
Cass Green, author of The Woman Next Door
I loved The Two O'Clock Boy! It's gripping and scary and twisty and unpredictable
Valentina Giambanco
A fantastic debut: dark, addictive and original. I couldn't put it down.
Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice
At a stroke, Mark Hill has joined the upper echelons of London crime writers
Barry Forshaw, Crime Time
Grips from the start and never lets up
The Times
DI Drake is the flawed detective most of us can only dream of writing
Isabelle Grey
Enter DI Ray Drake, the flawed, sharply-drawn lead of this promising new series. The author has an unerring ability to give incidents a biting sense of reality
Sunday Times (Crime Club Best Debuts of the Year)
An assured, dark and gritty debut marking the start of what looks like a great series
Stav Sherez
Mark Hill has written a brilliant debut with characters that linger in the subconscious long after reading. I devoured The Two O'Clock Boy and can't wait to see what he does next. He's a real talent.
Steve Cavanagh
Fiercely fresh and wonderfully written. DI Drake is a marvellous creation and I can't wait to read more
SJI Holliday
A cracking debut. I can't wait to see more of Ray Drake.
Mark Billingham
An unsettling and powerful story. The plot cleverly weaves past and present - with shocking, edge-of-the-seat twists until its heart-stopping finale
David Young, author of Stasi Child