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Sarah Hilary has always known how to chill her readers – Fragile dials the chill factor up to ele... Read More

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Sarah Hilary has always known how to chill her readers – Fragile dials the chill factor up to elevenFragile 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 itPerfectly 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 itExtraordinary . . . an immersive psychological thriller that plunges us into an underworld of emotional and physical exploitation. There are shades of Highsmith . . . Brilliant stuffBeautifully 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 brilliantFragile 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 HighsmithA beguiling thriller of considerable ambition and ingenuity, Fragile marks Sarah Hilary as a twenty-first century du Maurier, a writer who plunges the depths of human nature, finding the darkest, most deviant corners, but also the fleeting hopes and brittle aspirations. This is a truly outstanding work of modern GothicSo Gothically creepy and addictive, brilliant characters and set-up, but most of all just beautifully writtenA swirling, corrosive tale of death and deceit, as unsettling as it is beguilingHighly original, beautifully writtenSarah Hilary’s Fragile is a beautifully written deep dive into the kind of seductive but dangerous darkness that hides away behind closed doors and respectable facadesFragile is a dark kind of modern fairytale, Cinderella re-imagined by a writer who knows how to turn a phrase until it's sharp enough to cut. With echoes of du Maurier and Highsmith, Fragile is compelling, poetic and, at times, terrifying. Sarah Hilary is brilliant at framing love with hate, compassion with cruelty, and her skill in creating monstrous characters is unsurpassedSarah Hilary has created a beautifully written modern Gothic masterpiece, so full of intrigue and mysteries layered upon mysteries that the unravelling may well shred your nerves, in the best way possibleI loved this. A riveting read, dark with dread. Written in vivid and sensuous prose. Evocative, perceptive and illuminatingSarah Hilary’s first standalone is everything you’d expect from such a gifted writer. It’s beautifully crafted, smart and unsettling – a dark river of a book, with a chilling undertowHaunting and so exquisitely writtenFragile is as devastating as it is beautiful. Very few writers possess the skill to make a story as immersive as this . . . a perfectly crafted readWonderfully twisty and atmospheric. Kept me second guessing right until the endExtraordinary . . . affecting, unflinching, so atmospheric, and the pin-sharp characterization is as good at it gets. Sarah has produced a novel that feels contemporary and socially important, yet somehow other-worldly . . . executed beautifullyA stunningly written, deliciously dark and immersive thriller full of atmosphere and depth. I absolutely loved itThe writing is so elegant, so restrained, that it brings to mind Patricia Highsmith. Fragile is a very fine, and very creepy psychological thrillerTremendously atmospheric! Fragile will tangle you up in a house full of secrets and broken lives. Beautifully written, its dark secrets reveal themselves with a deft handI have long been an admirer of Sarah Hilary’s work, and Fragile is an exceptional novel. The writing is superb, and every page glitters with dark brilliance. I loved the Gothic quality of the book, the twisted plot, and the sense of peril that pervades the storyA beautifully written exploration of the damage people do to each other and the lies they tell themselves along the wayIn Fragile, Sarah Hilary has written a hypnotic novel – claustrophobic, gripping and, at times, poetic. She cleverly plays with and subverts many of the cliches of the modern crime novel to produce something startlingly originalHilary is my drop-everything writer; always original, always bang-on psychologically, always gripping. I am a huge fanA gorgeously written, tense and atmospheric novel. Sarah Hilary peels back the layers of mystery so skilfully that it was impossible to look away for a momentSarah Hilary writes beautifully and unflinchinglyOne of Britain’s best new crime writersFragile is everything we’ve come to expect from Hilary: complex, believable characters, ingenious plotting, and rich storytelling full of intrigue and dark foreboding

Exquisitely written, pitch-dark, unsettling book reveals the damage to the fragile soul caused by neglect and betrayal.

Fragile is a tense, Gothic story of obsession and disappointment that will crawl under your skin and send chills down your spine. From Sarah Hilary, winner of the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award, comes a standalone novel, Fragile, a psychological thriller about loneliness, desire, passion and revenge.

‘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.

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

Sarah Hilary’s debut novel, Someone Else’s Skin, won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and was a World Book Night selection. The Observer’s Book of the Month (‘superbly disturbing’) and a Richard and Judy Book Club bestseller. No Other Darkness, the second in the series, was shortlisted for a Barry Award in the US. Fragile is her first standalone novel.

Product Details

Title: Fragile
Author: Sarah Hilary
SKU: BK0444895
EAN: 9781529029468
Language: English
Binding: Paperback

About Author

Sarah Hilary’s debut, Someone Else's Skin, won the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year and was a World Book Night selection, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick, and a Silver Falchion and Macavity Award finalist in the US. No Other Darkness, the second in the series, was shortlisted for a Barry Award. Her DI Marnie Rome series continued with Tastes Like Fear, Quieter Than Killing, Come and Find Me, and Never Be Broken. Black Thorn is her second standalone novel, following Fragile.

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