The Primrose Path

  • Author Rebecca Griffiths
  • Narrator Janine Cooper-Marshall
  • Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
  • Run Time 12 hours and 17 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Crime and mystery fiction.

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What to expect

Haunted by her past. In danger from her present.
Isolated, alone, vulnerable.
Sometimes the danger is closer than you think.

As a teenager, Sarah D’Villez famously escaped a man who abducted and held her hostage for eleven days. The case became notorious, with Sarah’s face splashed across the front of every newspaper in the country.

Now, seventeen years later, that man is about to be released from prison. Fearful of the media storm that is sure to follow, Sarah decides to flee to rural Wales under a new identity, telling nobody where she’s gone.

Settling into the small community she is now part of, Sarah soon realises that someone is watching her. Someone who seems to know everything about her . . .

Critics Review

  • Superbly evokes the brooding beauty of the countryside and the menace that can lurk behind its hedges . . . Twisty, atmospheric and elegantly written, it has echoes of Daphne du Maurier with its shivering paranoia, fear and dread, and introduces an exciting new name to “domestic noir”

    Daily Mail
  • This is a chilling thriller . . . a brilliantly written book

    Sun
  • A lusciously atmospheric rural mystery with a delicious backflip of an ending. There were moments that literally gave me shivers.

    Alex Marwood
  • I was hooked from page one and downed this book in one lip-smacking, thirst-quenching gulp! For me, The Primrose Path is the best book so far of 2016

    Crimesquad, Fresh Blood of the Month
  • I loved the contrasting settings, the vivid depictions of the Welsh community and landscape, the backdrop of isolation and fear that permeates every page, and the gnawing sense of uncertainty Rebecca succeeds in making you feel about just about everything and everybody you encounter in the book. Beautifully written, it’s a truly chilling and impressive debut.

    Gilly Macmillan
  • A tense, brooding thriller which lays bare the dark currents of rural life; its secrets, lies and the sheer brutality which festers beneath the surface of seemingly idyllic village communities. With its sharp-eyed characterisation, expert plotting, and evocative prose, The Primrose Path marks Rebecca Griffiths as a future star of the domestic noir genre.

    Eva Dolan

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