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A fascinating character study and portrait of a small community that will leave you questioning all of your assumptions.

You don’t know what’s going on in Sara’s house…Or in her head.

Sara is lonely. No one talks to her – not even her bad-tempered workaholic husband or her two beloved sons. Her solace is her house, the biggest in the village, hidden away behind high hedges.

Then she strikes up a friendship with Katie, a college student living nearby, and a new world opens up. Her neighbours have been dying to get to know her, and they rush to help when Sara is devastated by a terrible accident.

But nothing is quite what it seems. And when new betrayals and shocking revelations disturb her peace, Sara realises she has no choice: she must act to protect the safety of those she loves.

(P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critics Review

  • So subtly done, and well achieved, and horrifyingly, hilariously believable – just the blackest of delights.

    Jenn Ashworth, author of Fell
  • There’s such a powerful mood of unease about DISTURBANCE. I read through my fingers, praying my suspicions weren’t true…

    Louise Candlish, author of Our House
  • A massively enjoyable book – creepy, funny, surprising and absolutely unputdownable... My only wish is that I hadn’t finished it so quickly.

    Daisy Waugh
  • This is a dark novel, which will immerse you immediately, and leave you guessing just whose version of events is the truth. Twisted and delightful.

  • I raced through it. Dark, tense and very twisty.

    Tamsin Grey, author of She's Not There
  • The tension doesn’t let up – taut all the way through with a creeping sense of horror as it unfolds, and the end is positively chilling.

    Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

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