The Crooked House

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$26.00  $24.18
Picador USA
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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.1 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author
Christobel Kent was born in London and was educated at Cambridge. She has lived variously in Essex, London, and Italy. Her childhood included several years spent on a Thames sailing barge in Maldon, Essex, with her father, stepmother, three siblings, and four step-siblings. She now lives in both Cambridge and Florence with her husband and five children.

"Compulsive, unsettling and scary as hell."--Sunday Mirror (London)

"A taut psychological thriller, loaded with mood, and a puzzle tricky enough to keep you guessing to the final page....Kent's book is a delightful reminder that absorbing and clever crime novels still exist."--The Washington Post

"A weird, excellent literary thriller, equal parts psychological profile and twisty, nasty plot."--Carmen Maria Machado, NPR

"A chilling psychological thriller featuring a claustrophobic English seaside town, a heroine the sole survivor of a family massacre, and her intriguing relationship with an older, slightly dominating man....Comparisons to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca are apt." --Victoria Caplinger, Library Journal (starred review)

"The Crooked House is a high-strung thriller set in a small community unwilling to acknowledge a past....Christobel Kent writes with assurance, pulling emotion from her characters and readers alike, and keeping the tension high. She has a rare knack for the eerie." --Book Reporter

"A suspenseful ride with a gutsy heroine."--Publishers Weekly

"Demands to be devoured in one sitting."--Joanne Finney, Good Housekeeping (London)

"A Daphne du Maurier set-up, but updated, influenced by Agatha Christie, too, and transposed to the coastal Suffolk of P. D. James. While Kent handles her mystery plot and large ensemble adroitly, what is most memorable is the atmosphere of the novel's estuarine world, where everything seems muddy, shifting and treacherous."--John Dugdale, The Sunday Times (London)

"A tense, gripping thriller, and utterly compulsive. I loved it."--S. J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep