How far would you go to keep a secret?

Nathan has never been able to forget the worst night of his life: a party that led to the sudden, shocking death of a young woman. Only he and Bob, an old acquaintance, know what really happened and they have resolved to keep it that way. But one rainy night, years later, Bob appears at Nathan’s door with terrifying news, and old wounds are suddenly reopened, threatening to tear Nathan’s whole world apart. Because Nathan has his own secrets now. Secrets that could destroy everything he has fought to build. And maybe Bob doesn’t realise just how far Nathan will go to protect them . . .

‘Stunning . . . It has been a long time since I’ve read a novel so compelling, chilling and satisfying’  Peter James

‘An intelligent, tightly written page-turner . . . Can he save himself and all that he holds dear? Believe me, you really need to find out’
Daily Mail

‘His scariest and most satisfying yet . . . What it doesn’t tell you about the perverting, abasing power of guilt isn’t worth knowing’
Time Out

‘Terrifyingly scary . . . brilliantly written in taut, humorous prose, while being exceptionally well observed and paced’
Daily Mirror

‘Burial is not only a page-turner, but also a sensitive and atmospheric portrayal of a man at the end of his tether . . . Creepy, unsettling, and subtle’
Laura Wilson, Guardianread the full review

‘A skilfully told and macabre story for fans of Hitchcock . . . Cross maries literary values to the page-turning crime narrative . . . There are some readers who won’t thank Cross for taking them into such moral terra incognita, but even those feeling a little grubby won’t be able to dent the author’s sheer mastery of his unsettling task’
Independentread the full review

‘Cross ratchets up the tension in ways that will have you biting your knuckles to the bone’

‘This compulsive page-turner is a thrilling read’
The Sun

‘[A] pacy, gripping thriller’

London Lite


‘Scary . . . difficult to put down’

‘One of those books that will make you miss your stop on the train’

‘Another gripping tale from Neil Cross, the follow-up to the clever and disturbing Natural History, which will greatly appeal to fans of Patricia Highsmith’

‘A fiedishly inspired plot . . . the dialogue is pitch perfect; it is a dark story but also  a moving one . . . unputdownable’
Telegraphread the full review

‘The plot boils mercilessly towards a dramatic conclusion and lingers in the mind long after the final page . . . utterly compelling’
Material Witnessread the full review

‘Perfectly calculated to keep the reader on tenterhooks . . . As events move towards a grim and jaw-dropping climax, it’s clear that once again Neil Cross has demonstrated he is the master of the uncomfortable, worrying suspense narrative. Burial is a queasy – but undeniably compulsive – read’
Barry Forshaw

Burial is a compelling read, but beyond the spiral of fear, self-interest and guilt, Neil Cross also captures the tenderness and melancholia of everyday life and love’
Catherine O’Flynn, author of What Was Lost

‘Genuinely chilling and laced with devilish humour, Neil Cross’s muscular narrative digs up familiar themes of perversion and foetid secrets. But it’s his uncanny ability to scratch away at the deeper layers of the human psyche that elevates his latest thriller’
Observerread the full review

‘This elegantly structured thriller deals with the consequences of a sudden death, the disposal of the body and the news, 15 years later, that the burial site is about to be excavated. Clever, with a satisfying twist at the end’

‘Super-stylish, knuckle-biting thriller’

‘Cross has produced a superior page-turner, which brilliantly takes the reader through a complex web of intrigue, stretching from this world to the next without ever selling out to help tie the ends together’
Edinburgh Evening News

‘Perfectly calculated to keep the reader on tenterhooks — in all kinds of ways…  As events move towards a grim and jaw-dropping climax, it’s clear that once again Neil Cross has demonstrated he is the master of the uncomfortable, worrying suspense narrative.  Burial is a queasy – but undeniably compulsive – read’
Amazon Feature Review

www.stuff.co.nz: review

www.lovereading.co.uk: review

Simon & Schuster UK website: reading group guide

The Fiction Desk website: profile

TVNZ website: interview

Metro.co.uk: interview


Luther - Series 1

...the actors' skill - and Cross' admirable ability to explore his characters' boundaries without either calcifying or forsaking them - allows "Luther" to be superhuman in both the ordinary and extraordinary sense.

Los Angeles Times

Luther - Series 2

“Gritty, brooding, emotionally raw . . . whatever you call it, Luther is powerful TV.”

San Francisco Chronicle

Luther - Series 3

It gets darker, scarier and more captivating with each episode as Luther matches wits with killers and cops alike . . . the outstanding Elba broods like no other actor, and adds nuance to the series beyond the excellent writing of series creator Neil Cross and his team

Sunday Mirror