If you’re a fan of Tana French or Kate Atkinson, then you need to know about Erin Kelly. Her debut mystery, The Poison Tree, is a character-driven story with high psychological stakes, the kind of book that lures you in with its moody setting and atmosphere, and then chooses just the right moment to pounce. Compelling, literary, and very surprising—you may think you have it figured out, but trust me, you don’t.— Kat
“This atmospheric and beautifully written debut opens with a woman who is heading out to face an unnamed crisis with 'the strength of a woman who has everything to lose.' As the story slowly builds with delicious tension, alternating between present and past, the reader is taken on a powerful journey. Revealing that a tragedy has occurred, Kelly relentlessly builds the psychological pressure between the vividly developed characters to a powerful and surprising ending. This book is about love and pain and the lengths to which a woman will go to protect her family.”
— Lanora Hurley, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI
With its hip London backdrop and expert pacing, Erin Kelly's masterful debut, The Poison Tree, delivers all the way through to its shocker of an ending.
London, 1997. Karen meets exotic, flamboyant Biba and, spellbound, she moves into the crumbling mansion Biba shares with her enigmatic brother, Rex. Drugs and wine flow as Rex and Karen begin an affair, but their summer of freedom is about to end in blood. Ten years later, Karen and nine-year-old Alice pick up Rex from his stint in prison for murder. When old ghosts come calling, Karen will do whatever it takes to protect her family. She is a woman with everything to lose.