Bachelorette party on a remote island? Check. Internet and phone suspiciously unavailable? Confirmed. Secrets and grudges galore? Boy howdy! Hunky yet mysterious chef? Oh, yes. The devices may seem tired at first glance but The Cliff House is extremely entertaining. I kept turning the pages and I think you will, too. This is light reading at its best; you must know what happens next!
Seven women. Seven sins. One night of judgment.
Jen Dunne is forty-two and getting married for the second time, but that doesn’t mean she can’t go all out for her bachelorette weekend. She’s booked three days of super-exclusive luxury accommodation on a remote Scottish island for herself and six other women. There’s Jen’s tennis coach and a fellow tennis-playing fashionista; a famous pop star and that pop star’s estranged ex-bandmate; plus Jen’s future sister-in-law and the sister of her first husband.
The helicopter won’t be back for seventy-hours and they have the island all to themselves—or so they think. As the cocktails flow, old grudges begin to emerge and tempers to fray. Then one of the women goes missing. The others receive a threatening message urging one of them to confess a terrible secret. But whose secret is it? Each woman has a darkness in her past she’s reluctant to admit. But they’ll all have to come clean if they want to make it off the island alive.
About the Author
Christopher Brookmyre was a journalist before publishing his award-winning debut, Quite Ugly One Morning. He is the author of the Jack Parlabane thriller series, which has sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone, and the acclaimed Jasmine Sharp and Catherine McLeod novels. He has won many awards for his work, including the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Novel of the Year, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, and the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award.
Chris Brookmyre is a genius, every new book of his is a cause for celebration — Richard Osman
Brookmyre keeps the pages turning on the way to a stunning climax, offering ample opportunity for each of his characters to exhibit unexpected levels of grit and grace along the way. It’s exhilarating fun. — Publishers Weekly
There are dozens of novels based on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, but Christopher Brookmyre's ingenious take is by far the best I have read. He makes you feel for and fear each character. He keeps you guessing until the very end—after an avalanche of revelations and twists. — The Times (Book of the Month)
Brookmyre is always a class act and it is a pleasure to be back in the hands of one of our best crime writers with this clever, propulsive thriller with a whole lot of heart. — Observer
Tightly plotted and a lot of fun, this is perfect poolside reading. — The Guardian
A suspenseful and atmospheric thriller. — The Herald
Irresistably thrilling, Brookmyre proves he's a master of suspense. — Sun
Among his best yet . . . a killer twist and an upbeat conclusion. — Sunday Post
Brookmyre orchestrates the proceedings with assurance and a deep sense of mischief. Wonderfully entertaining. — Crime Time
Brookmyre has great fun with his Agatha Christie homage. — Irish Times