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    • Publication date:17 May 2018
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Sleeping Beauties

A chilling serial killer thriller from the critically acclaimed author

By Jo Spain

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The Irish Bestselling author of With Our Blessing and Beneath the Surface

'Five stars' Amazon reviewer
'What a read!' Amazon reviewer
'I was engrossed right from the start and read it in one long, very satisfied sitting' Amazon reviewer

THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF WITH OUR BLESSING AND BENEATH THE SURFACE RETURNS WITH A BRAND NEW SERIAL-KILLER THRILLER.

The inspector frowned and examined the earth under the trees. As he scanned the glade, his stomach lurched. One, two, three, four. Five, counting the mound of earth disturbed under the tent. Somebody had cleared the earth of its natural layer and sown their own flowers

In five places

Five graves

A young woman, Fiona Holland, has gone missing from a small Irish village. A search is mounted, but there are whispers. Fiona had a wild reputation. Was she abducted, or has she run away?

A week later, a gruesome discovery is made in the woods at Ireland's most scenic beauty spot - the valley of Glendalough. The bodies are all young women who disappeared in recent years. D.I. Tom Reynolds and his team are faced with the toughest case of their careers - a serial killer, who hunts vulnerable women, and holds his victims captive before he ends their lives.

Soon the race is on to find Fiona Holland before it's too late. . .

'Deft plotting and expert handling of tension make for an intelligent mystery' Guardian

Biographical Notes

Jo Spain has worked as a party advisor on the economy in the Irish parliament. Her first novel, With Our Blessing, was one of seven books shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and her first psychological thriller. The Confession, was a number one bestseller in Ireland. Joanne lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children.

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Deft plotting and expert handling of tension make for an intelligent mystery — Guardian
Fiendishly clever . . . and a big fat twist is lobbed into the ending like a hand grenade — Irish Sunday Independent
Brilliant! Fast paced, well researched and sensitive. Jo Spain is a sparkling new talent — Irish Examiner
Spain's vivid thriller explores the dark secrets of Ireland's past that are a real-life situation haunting so many people within Irish society today — Irish Country Living
In a very strong year for Irish crime-fiction debuts, Jo Spain's With Our Blessing is among the most assured . . . With Our Blessing picks at the scabs of recent Irish history to reveal raw and gaping wounds — Irish Times
Jo Spain's vivid thriller explores the dark secrets from Ireland's past that continue to haunt Irish society today — Martin Sixsmith, author of Philomena
Atmospheric and compelling — Sinéad Crowley
Spain handles the inevitable tensions with aplomb — Sunday Times
Packed with fascinating details . . . this is a satisfying mystery — Irish Independent
Absolutely my comfort reading — Ann Cleeves
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