About the Book"Alison lives her life under the radar. She has no ties, no home, and she spends her days at a backroom publishing job. Which is how she wants it. Because Alison used to be a teenager named Esme, who lived in a dilapidated house by a bleak estuary with her parents and three siblings. One night, something unspeakable happened in the house, and Alison emerged the only survivor. In order to escape from the horror she witnessed, she moved away from her village, changed her name, and cut herself off from her past. Only now her boyfriend invites her to a wedding in her old hometown, and she decides that if she's going to have any chance of overcoming the trauma of what happened, she'll have to confront it"--Amazon.com.
In the chilling tradition of Daphne du Maurier and with the acuity of Kate Atkinson comes a haunting, psychological thriller about one woman's search for the truth about her past through a closed community full of dark secrets.
Alison is as close to anonymous as you can get: she has no ties and no home, and her only anchors are her boyfriend and her small backroom job in publishing. Which is exactly how she wants it. Because once, Alison was a teenager named Esme who lived in a remote, dilapidated house by a bleary estuary with her parents and three siblings. One night something terrible happened in the family's crooked house, leaving Alison the only survivor. In trying to escape its horror, she moves away from the village, changes her name, and cuts herself off from her past.
"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
About the AuthorChristobel 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.