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


Excerpt from Burial


The doorbell rang.

Nathan had a feeling – but he dismissed it, muted the TV and went to the door. There stood Bob; hunched over, grinning in the darkness and rain. Saying: ‘Hello, mate.’

Nathan said, ‘How did you find me?’

‘I looked.’

Nathan tried to slam the door, but Bob put out a big hand, stopping it. Then he removed the hand and said, ‘They’re digging up the woods.’

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Finalist, Ngaio Marsh Best Crime Novel Award (NZ) 2010

Author’s note

For maybe the first time since Mr In-Between, I sat down to write a book simply because it was the kind of thing I wanted to read.

I wanted to tell a story where things just keep getting worse and worse for the main character. I wanted to write about guilt and ghosts and murder. But mostly, I wanted to entertain people, and frighten them. I wanted to keep them awake until the early hours.

In this respect at least, it turns out that that Burial was pretty successful. My new editor Francesca and I kept a nightmare tally.

The ironic cherry on the pie, naturally, was that it was also my best reviewed book to date.

I learned early on not to care too much about reviews — if you’re going to ignore the bad ones, you have to take the good ones with a pinch of salt, too — but you’ve got to appreciate the neatness of that.


UK Publication Details
ISBN: 978-1-41652-616-2
Format: B-Paperback
Pages: 291
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
1st Edition Published: January 2009
Publication US: March 2010
Publication France: February 2010
Publication Holland: November 2009
Publication Germany: August 2011


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