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What to expect

Stunning’ – Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups

Chilling’ – Val McDermid, author of The Wire in the Blood

Fragile is a modern Gothic psychological thriller with a contemporary twist on the classic novel Rebecca, from award-winning and critically acclaimed writer Sarah Hilary.

Everything she touches breaks . . .

Nell Ballard is a runaway.

A former foster child with a dark secret she is desperate to keep, all Nell wants is to find a place she can belong.

So when a position comes up at Starling Villas, home to the enigmatic Robin Wilder, she seizes the opportunity with both hands.

But her new lodgings may not be the safe haven she was hoping for. Her employer has secrets of his own and lives by a rigid set of rules she must abide by.

But is Nell’s arrival at the Villas really the coincidence it seems? After all, she knows more than most how fragile people can be – and how easy they are to break . . .

Further praise for Fragile:

‘Perfectly plotted, beautifully written modern Gothic. I absolutely loved it’ – Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said

‘Beautifully crafted, smart and unsettling’ – Mick Herron, author of Slow Horses

‘A dark, mesmeric fever-dream of a book’ – Ruth Ware, author of The Woman in Cabin 10

‘Ingenious, original and brilliant’ – Will Dean, author of Red Snow

Extraordinary’ – Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London

A modern-day Highsmith’ – Steve Cavanagh, author of Thirteen

‘A truly outstanding work of modern Gothic’ – Eva Dolan, author of Between Two Evils

‘Highly original, beautifully written’ – Sharon Bolton, author of The Split

‘A beautifully written modern Gothic masterpiece’ – Liz Nugent, author of Skin Deep

So elegant, so restrained’ – Lucy Atkins, author of Magpie Lane

‘A gorgeously written, tense and atmospheric novel’ – Gytha Lodge, author of She Lies in Wait

Critics Review

  • Sarah Hilary has always known how to chill her readers – Fragile dials the chill factor up to eleven

    Val McDermid
  • Fragile is absolutely STUNNING, the dreamy atmosphere couples with Nell’s carnal love for Joe put me in mind of Barbara Vine . . . [Sarah Hilary is] an astonishingly gifted writer, with an almost scalpel-like ability to dissect human motivation and convey it deliciously devoid of sentimentality. I was GRIPPED by Fragile, it took me into a whole other world and I was sorry to leave it

    Marian Keyes
  • Perfectly plotted, beautifully written modern Gothic. Timeless, tense and tender, Fragile will worm its way deep into your heart, just as the characters insinuate themselves into each other’s lives. I absolutely loved it

    Erin Kelly
  • Extraordinary . . . an immersive psychological thriller that plunges us into an underworld of emotional and physical exploitation. There are shades of Highsmith . . . Brilliant stuff

    Andrew Taylor
  • Beautifully written modern Gothic. I took my time with this, savouring it – the tone of Sarah Hilary’s writing is unique to her: exploring society and human nature in a sensitive, engrossing way. Ingenious, original and brilliant

    Will Dean, author of The Last Thing To Burn
  • Fragile is a fever dream. A nightmarish slant on the world delivered expertly and with heart. Tension like cold steel. Characters you won’t forget. Sarah Hilary is a modern-day Highsmith

    Steve Cavanagh

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