The Playdate (Original)

Louise Millar (Author)

Product Details

Atria Books
Publish Date
July 03, 2012
5.3 X 1.2 X 8.2 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Louise Millar was raised in Scotland. She began her journalism career in music and film magazines. A former senior editor at Marie Claire, she has written for Red, Psychologies, Stella, the Observer, Glamour, Stylist, and The Guardian. She lives in London with her husband and daughters.


"A must-read that will tap into every mother's primal fears."--Sophie Hannah
"Louise Millar's novel sucks the reader in like quicksand to the surprising ended. I did not want to miss a page!"--Lee Woodruff, New York Times bestselling author of Those We Love Most
"British author Millar's engrossing debut offers an unsettling, realistic view of friendships, gossip, and loneliness . . . What starts as a quiet story about neighbors soon builds into a gripping psychological thriller."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Millar's well-drawn characters and impeccably structured plot instantly grab the reader and may leave parents wondering who to trust with their children. A supremely accomplished debut thriller by a writer to watch."--Booklist (starred review)
"A disturbing psychological thriller that probes the insular lives of social misfits in a London suburb."--New York Times Book Review
"Like the best thrillers, it is quietly creepy and expertly crafted. Add it to your book club reading list now."--Stylist Magazine
"Taut, page-turning and surprising."--Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A captivating psychological thriller . . . The writing is taut, the action slow building, the emotions intense, and the climax explosive, making it a must read for all."--Lori's Reading Corner
"Millar's gripping thriller has anxious moms in its crosshairs."--People
"The Playdate is an intriguing psychological thriller that starts as a treatise on how well even best friends and neighbors truly know each other before turning into a taut chiller . . . Readers will appreciate Louise Miller's thought-provoking drama as the masks slowly come off."--The Mystery Gazette
"Sinister, yet beautifully written and very real, The Playdate is a modern Gothic novel with echoes of du Maurier. You will slip into the lives of its London cast but your allegiances will shift throughout. Louise Millar plots her story so skillfully, you will distrust the characters to the point where you cannot even trust yourself. But you will read to the end, madly. And when you put this book down, you'll wish there were more."--Ann Bauer, author of The Forever Marriage
"The Playdate is a leap above most suburban thrillers. Louise Millar tugs you in with smart writing and a sneaky plot before delivering the best kind of twist --the one that drives you like a demon to the finish line. So go ahead, read all night. The Playdate is worth the hangover."--Julia Heaberlin, author of Playing Dead