“I don’t get on with novelists”
Interview with Neil in the Observer

“Even if I wasn’t paid to write the novels, I would still write them”
Interview in the Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand)

“Messing with minds and leaving viewers and readers up to their necks in the unspeakable – ‘that’s absolutely my ambition’ says Luther creator Neil Cross”
in the New Zealand Listener

“I keep a nightmare tally of the number of people who’ve confessed that my work has kept them up all night”
Q & A in Venue (Bristol, UK)

The Independent: Q&A

BBC Writers Room: Q&A

Crime Watch New Zealand crime blog: profile

Sunday Star Times (New Zealand): profile

The Calling

“Cross has always dealt in darkness and been so adept at conjuring bogeymen from the catacombs of mythology that you start to see them everywhere”
Guardian (see full review)

“Cross is an amazing writer, capable of lyricism and pathos as well as some of the most traumatising scenes you’re ever likely to experience in a mainstream crime novel”
Eurocrime (see full review)

“This goes beyond the vicarious pleasure of standard crime, and into the territory inhabited by horror writers; we read because we wish to see the killer brought to justice, but more so because we cannot look away”
Book Geeks (see full review)

“Quite literally bloody brilliant”
(see full review)


‘Cross is a wonderful writer . . . Britain’s own Stephen King’
Guardian: read the full review

‘Once again, Neil Cross proves that he’s not just a master of suspense, but horror too. Reading his ultra-crisp prose and expertly structured tales, it’s not hard to see why he’s also an uber-successful screenwriter.’
Daily Mirror, Book of the Week: read the full review

Captured gives off an impression of power held in reserve, and it serves an authentic, unsparing vision of goodwill undone by misfortune’
Times Literary Supplement

‘An impressive achievement, but definitely a cold one. Throw a log on the fire and snuggle under a warm blanket before reading!’ read the full review

‘It has been a while since I read a book as quickly as I yesterday read Neil Cross’ latest masterpiece of suspense, Captured.’
Material Witness: read the full review

Venue magazine: interview


‘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, Guardian: read 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’
Independent: read 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’
Telegraph: read the full review

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

Simon & Schuster UK website: reading group guide

The Fiction Desk website: profile

TVNZ website: interview interview

Natural History

‘A masterpiece . . . seductively readable . . . dangerous’
Daily Telegraph: read the full review

‘Fierce and poignant’
Sunday Times

‘Dark and densely plotted . . . the plot reaches a violent climax, challenging notions of guilt and the limits of parental responsibility’
Daily Mail: read the full review

‘The sudden violence of his denouement is long anticipated but unexpected in its visceral details. Both fierce and poignant in wrapping up the habitat and hunting themes, it poses uncomfortable questions about personal and family responsibility’
Sunday Telegraph: read the full review

‘Neil Cross builds the tension in this fiendishly taut novel . . . As events mount to a genuinely shocking climax, Cross asks uncomfortable questions about the differences between being human and having humanity’

‘Intelligent, brilliantly written, fascinating . . . the exquisite tension that Cross’s sharp, devastating prose builds leads to a climax so shocking it will leave you flabbergasted’
The Crack

‘Cross is an astonishing writer – tautly lyrical, and able at a stroke to fill you with cold, dark fear of the malignant forces at large in the world . . . its horrible climax will stay with you for a long time’
Time Out

‘There are moment during Neil Cross’s fifth novel when the sense of foreboding is so strong that you half expect to find cobwebs between the pages . . . The expertly delivered shocks may stay with you for a few days, but there’s something meatier and more fetid hidden that will walk behind you for considerably longer’
The Times: read the full review

‘Blurring the line between human and animal sympathies, this is written with such authenticity you can practically smell the chimp excrement’

‘Highly recommended’
Literary Review

‘Powerfully intelligent . . . serious and compelling in equal measure’
Guardian: read the full review


‘Every morning, first thing, Derek Cross used to beat the dog. He liked things neat, and dogs like the one he had given his stepson, the author of this remarkable memoir, mess things up . . . Cross has given his own life story the shapeliness and ironic depth of fiction’
Sunday Times

‘A wonderful memoir . . . a great example of how to wrest real life into a work of art’
Jonathan Coe, Guardian

‘The most disturbingly vivid fast-track into childhood’s unexpressed hugeness, that I have come across . . . fiction cannot compete with this’
Joanna Murray-Smith, Melbourne Age
: read the full review

‘Straight from the heart. Quite simply it cannot be faulted’
Big Issue

‘It is the relentless prosecution  of Derek that truly ignites the book . . . The way Cross puts the authorial boot in, tears shining in his eyes, is riveting’
Independent on Sunday: read the full review

‘Moving and engrossing . . . Heartland is a tour de force’
Daily Mail

Always the Sun

‘This is a harrowing book about aggression, fear, the painful strength of parental love and the agony of being unable to shield your child from hurt. Brilliantly and sympathetically written, it will strike cold fear into the heart of every parent.’
Daily Mail

‘Cross’s grimly readable novel settles into a parent’s nightmares and ties apprehensive knots in the reader’s stomach’

‘Set to be his most successful yet . . . harrowing but gripping’
Time Out

‘A meaty, tautly drawn tale that is both making and darkly powerful’
Glasgow Herald


‘The stripped-down prose of Neil Cross is at once masterly, authoritative and tender throughout this superb and difficult novel. Outstanding’
Big Issue

Tibor Fischer

‘The novel is reminiscent of Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs. But rather than sexual inadequacy, it is feelings of parental inadequacy, compounded by grief, isolation and the loneliness which must be felt by every parent whose only child has just become an uncommunicative teenager, which provoke an intelligent man to commit senseless violence.’
Independent on Sunday

‘Gripping, even in the last 50 pages, where what starts out as a recognizable, everyday situation finally goes over the top…

‘A gripping journey to the limits of paternal emotions.
Mail on Sunday

NZ Listener: interview

Holloway Falls

‘A compulsive tale of abduction, coincidence, psychotic jealousy and imaginative daring . . . The plot is Vertigo on ketamine . . . Cross holds it together with tough prose, skill and nerve’
Chris Petit, Guardian

‘Cross’s acutely observed England is governed by chaos: fraudulent cultists, superstition, the tabloid impulse and junk food. Destructive energies explode the veneer of everyday life . . . Cross’s precision keeps tight rein of this page-turning plot’

‘Neil Cross’s excellent third novel is an ingenious revenge thriller which draws you in with its spare, snappy prose, then messes with your head as deviously as the dreamers, charlatans and conspiracy theorists who populate it’
Time Out

‘Distinctive, original . . . powerfully atmospheric and hypnotically rendered. You may not be able tos ay precisely where you’ve been, but you’ll know you’ve taken a hell of a ride’
Literary Review

‘Clever, continually surprising’
Big Issue

‘Sparkles with genuinely absorbing situations and characters’

‘Neil Cross’s story is carefully told, finely spun, and while it does have the sex, violence and brutality of many of its peers, these men also feel. And cry. And care about their daughters. Which makes them way more interesting to read in an everyday love story gone badly wrong’
Stella Duffy

‘In the pantheon of screwed-up detectives there are several low-lifes for us to admire – Rebus, Robicheaux, some might say Columbo – but even in such exalted company William Holloway is a name to watch’



‘Christendom soars as its prodigious invention sparks’

‘One one level, this is a straightforward thriller; what raises it above the crowd is the tension of the writing. It . . . challenges our preconceptions, and sets us up for the sick beauty of the plot’s central revelation’
Literary Review

‘Neatly conceived . . . a well-paced thriller with original ideas and taut writing’
The Times

SF Site: review

Mr In-Between

‘Mr In-Between takes on extremes – extremes of violence, drug-taking, super-strength lager drinking and love. Jon bennet, professional hit man, is in moral and emotional limbo, killing and maiming with a corrosive detachment. Jon’s work is all-consuming, his mates are sleazy, and Cross relishes the squalid detritus of their lives without exploiting it . . . When Jon is reunited with two old school friends, married with a child, he is overwhelmed by the bonds of family life and friendship. And the consequences are fatal for all concerned’
Independent on Sunday

‘Neil Cross applies a sharp satirical gaze to inarticulate male working-class culture . . . Cross’s portrayal of male friendship, the rituals of working-class life and the shock of bereavement is superbly done’

‘The precision f thought, psychological scope and massive inner crises he goes through as his friend is dragged deeper down justifies the hype around this first novel’

‘A tightly written thriller that starts our dirty-realist and violent and then modulates into something rather different and thought-provoking, philosophical . . . Bleak, dark, with a distinctly modern-gothic imagination, and certainly readable’
Literary Review

‘Cross’s first novel displays a subtle mind grappling with a thrilling tale of perverse redemption’
Independent on Sunday

Mr In-Between film website


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