Death of a bookseller


Roach would rather be listening to the latest episode of her favourite true crime podcast than assisting the boring and predictable customers at her local branch of the bookstore Spines, where she’s worked her entire adult life. A serious true crime junkie, Roach looks down her nose at the pumpkin-spice-latte-drinking casual fans who only became interested in the genre once it got trendy. But when Laura, a pretty and charismatic children’s bookseller, arrives to help rejuvenate the struggling bookstore branch, Roach recognises in her an unexpected kindred spirit. Despite their common interest in true crime, Laura keeps her distance from Roach, resisting the other woman’s overtures of friendship.

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Roach – bookseller, loner and true crime fanatic- is not interested in making friends. She has all the company she needs in her serial killer books, murder podcasts and her pet snail, Bleep. That is, until Laura joins the bookshop. With her cute literary tote bags and sunny smile, she’s everyone’s favourite bookseller. But beneath the shiny veneer, Roach senses a darkness within Laura, the same darkness Roach possesses.

And as curiosity blooms into morbid obsession, Roach becomes determined to be a part of Laura’s story – whether Laura wants her in it or not.

‘A spectacularly creepy debut … a tense and disturbing read’ GUARDIAN

‘Tense, addictive and sticky underfoot’ JULIA ARMFIELD

‘A sharp and creepy debut thriller’ DAILY MAIL

‘Utterly unforgettable’ CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD

‘Delightfully dark’ COSMOPOLITAN, Best New Books

‘Engrossing, atmospheric and deliciously dark’ WILL DEAN

‘Uncomfortable, claustrophobic, and you won’t take your eyes off the pages’ BELFAST TELEGRAPH

‘A sinister and tense debut that will chill you to the core’ PLATINUM MAGAZINE

‘Relentlessly creepy and deeply compulsive’ HEATHER DARWENT

‘A confident, sassy, pitch-black debut’ CAROLINE KEPNES

‘Your new obsession’ ERIN KELLY

‘Savage, witty and all-consuming’ ABIGAIL DEAN



Additional information

Weight 280 g
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 2.8 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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