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In spare yet devastating prose, Susanna Jones maintains a chilling ambiguity throughout, scoring ... Read More

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In spare yet devastating prose, Susanna Jones maintains a chilling ambiguity throughout, scoring 10 on the suspense Richter scale. Compelling and haunting, this delicately crafted debut novel's tremors are felt long after the final page is turnedJones is a mistress of the unexplained menaceAn astonishingly accomplished debut... it's hard to believe that this skilfully constructed and beautifully written work is a first novelExquisitely written yet utterly chilling, this will keep you gripped from start to finish: a potential book-group classicAnyone familiar with Jones's previous books will know that, in her deliciously disorientating fictional worlds, nothing is ever quite as it seems... Jones is a mistress of disguise, not just in her characterization and plotting, but in her blurring of the divisions between right and wrong... the revelation, when it comes, is breathtaking'Remarkable... you'll find this story still lurking in the dark corners of your mind long after you've put the book downJones evokes a sense of mystery and strangeness with the lightest of touches, and casts doubt on the reliability of her narrator in a manner reminiscent of Paul Aster. Experimental, teasing but always utterly readable, this novel will keep you guessing all the way through its 278 pagesAn engrossing read, and one that's quite mysterious at times, this is a book that you won't be able to put downComparisons with Lesley Glaister, Barbara Vine and Helen Dunmore spring to mind, although Jones is too original, too unusual in her sensibilities to be easily or usefully pigeon-holedAn impressive psychological thriller... written with bleak beautyThis spare, urgent debut is not only a polished crime novel, but a hymn to Tokyo and an awkwardly tender love storyMesmerisingPrepare for all-over goosebumpsA young expat living in Tokyo is the chief-suspect of a murder investigation. Now a major motion picture starring Alicia Vikander.

The Earthquake Bird is Susanna Jones's stunning, prize-winning first mystery - now a major motion picture starring Alicia Vikander.

Winner of the CWA New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of the Year
Winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize


Early this morning, several hours before my arrest, I was woken by an earth tremor. I mention the incident not to suggest that there was a connection. . . for in Tokyo we have a quake like this every month. I am simply relating the sequence of events as it happened. It has been an unusual day and I would hate to forget anything . . .

So begins The Earthquake Bird, a haunting novel set in Japan which reveals a murder on its first page and takes its readers into the mind of the chief suspect, Lucy Fly ‰ÛÒ a young, vulnerable English girl living and working in Tokyo as a translator. As Lucy is interrogated by the police she reveals her past to the reader, and it is a past which is dangerously ambiguous and compromising . . .

Why did Lucy leave England for the foreign anonymity of Japan ten years before, and what exactly prompted her to sever all links with her family back home? She was the last person to see the murdered girl alive, so why is she not more forthcoming about the circumstances of their last meeting? As Lucy‰۪s story unfolds, it emerges that secrets, both past and present, obsess her waking life . . .

Susanna Jones grew up in Yorkshire and studied drama at London University. Her work has been translated into over twenty languages and has won the CWA John Creasey Dagger, a Betty Trask Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. She lives in Brighton. The Earthquake Bird is her first novel.

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