The Dark Rose
By Erin Kelly
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143122746, 336pp.)
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
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"A stunning look at human desperation, loyalty, and absolute terror" (Suspense Magazine) from the acclaimed author of The Poison Tree When Erin Kelly burst onto the scene with The Poison Tree, readers were left breathless and hungry for more. Maureen Corrigan at the Washington Post pleaded, "More, please, Ms. Kelly! Quickly!" A story of secrets and guilt, The Dark Rose is a mesmerizing follow-up that's every bit as chilling and atmospheric as her acclaimed debut.
Nineteen-year-old Paul sits in a stark interrogation room across from two police officers. What started as petty theft turned into murder; only terror and loyalty keep him silent. Louisa spends her days roaming a crumbling Elizabethan garden—until she meets Paul, who is a dead ringer for her long-lost love. Louisa starts to hope she can find happiness again, but neither of them can outrun his violent past.
Erin Kelly is the author of the acclaimed thrillers The Poison Tree, The Dark Rose, and The Burning Air. She has worked as a freelance journalist for such publications as The Sunday Times (London) and the Sunday Telegraph (London), as well as for Glamour (U.K.) and Elle (U.K.) magazines. She lives in North London with her family.
Praise for THE DARK ROSE:
“Everything we love in a thriller—obsessive passion, haunting secrets, a shocking ending—is here, set among the creepily atmospheric ruins of a 16th century English garden."
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“With its rich intertwining of viewpoints and time frames, its nuances of character and class, its sustained suspense . . . this harrowing novel is a work of true talent.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[Kelly] draws readers in with her compelling stories; then, she dims the lights, darkens the worldview and bolts the exit doors. . . . It’s useless to resist: You must read it.”
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR.org
“Erin Kelly has delivered a stunning look at human desperation, loyalty, and absolute terror. . . . First class writing that is absolutely captivating!”