Black Thorn is out now from Pan Macmillan.
Ann Cleeves called it ‘immersive, claustrophobic, unbearably tense and quite brilliant’ while Liz Nugent said ‘an unforgettable read with the most sympathetic protagonist I’ve read in years’.
My debut Someone Else’s Skin won the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year and was a World Book Night selection and a Richard & Judy Book Club pick. In the US, it was a Silver Falchion and Macavity Award finalist. No Other Darkness was shortlisted for a Barry Award.
As well as writing, I teach crime fiction and mentor its rising stars. My short stories have won the Cheshire Prize for Literature, the Fish Criminally Short Histories Prize, and the SENSE prize. I love hearing from readers, so please do get in touch.
A mesmerizing story of family and community, secrets and lies. Psychologically rich and captivatingly told.MEGAN ABBOTT on BLACK THORN
Brilliant. Taking a really deep dive into some dark spaces that Sarah brings vividly to life, it’s wonderful and unlike anything else I’ve read lately.MICK HERRON on BLACK THORN
Sarah Hilary is brilliant at framing love with hate, compassion with cruelty, and her skill in creating monstrous characters is unsurpassed.JANE CASEY on FRAGILE
Sarah Hilary has always known how to chill her readers.VAL MCDERMID
Sarah Hilary is going to be up there with the likes of Ruth Rendell, P.D. James and Val McDermid, as a game changer of British crime fiction.CRIME REVIEW
D.I. Marnie Rome is a three-dimensional character of an emotional depth rarely encountered in the world of fictional cops.THE TIMES
Sarah Hilary is downright dangerous.MICK HERRON