House of Correction

A Novel

by Nicci French

On Sale: 10/27/2020

House of Correction

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House of Correction

A Novel

by Nicci French

On Sale: 10/27/2020


About the Book

In this heart-pounding standalone from the internationally bestselling author that People calls “razor sharp,” a woman accused of murder attempts to solve her own case from the confines of prison—but as she unravels the truth, everything is called into question, including her own certainty that she is innocent.

Tabitha is not a murderer.

When a body is discovered in Okeham, England, Tabitha is shocked to find herself being placed in handcuffs. It must be a mistake. She’d only recently moved back to her childhood hometown, not even getting a chance to reacquaint herself with the neighbors. How could she possibly be a murder suspect?

She knows she’s not.

As Tabitha is shepherded through the system, her entire life is picked apart and scrutinized —her history of depression and medications, her decision to move back to a town she supposedly hated . . . and of course, her past relationship with the victim, her former teacher. But most unsettling, Tabitha’s own memories of that day are a complete blur.

She thinks she’s not.

From the isolation of the correctional facility, Tabitha dissects every piece of evidence, every testimony she can get her hands on, matching them against her own recollections. But as dark, long-buried memories from her childhood come to light, Tabatha begins to question if she knows what kind of person she is after all. The world is convinced she’s a killer. Tabatha needs to prove them all wrong.

But what if she’s only lying to herself? 

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Critical Praise

"Seamlessly shifts from prison drama to procedural to legal thriller—and finally to an ingenious twist on the locked-room mystery. French continues to impress." - Publishers Weekly on House of Correction

"Another winner . . . combining an impeccably constructed, secrecy-prone English village with masterful plotting and an indefatigable protagonist who carries on, no matter the cost."
- Booklist on House of Correction

"Razor-sharp writing by French expertly amps the tension." - People on The Lying Room

“International bestseller French belongs on every thriller fan’s TBR list.” - Booklist

“Having ended the saga of forensic psychologist Frieda Klein on a suitably harrowing note, French produces a stand-alone that’s just as suspenseful . . . The sorely tried heroine realizes, “I can’t trust anyone.” Neither can the expertly manipulated reader.” - Kirkus Reviews on The Lying Room

“Fans of domestic thrillers will be rewarded.” - Publishers Weekly

“Attention, fans of Tana French and Ruth Ware: meet your new obsession . . . The Lying Room ranks among French’s very best, a thriller as combustible as gunpowder, as propulsive as a jet engine. Psychological suspense at its brightest and most blazing.” - A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

"An enthralling and addicting novel . . . Longtime fans of French will find their high expectations rewarded, while newcomers will be motivated to explore the author’s backlist. I envy their discovery."
- Book Reporter on The Lying Room


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063021341
  • ISBN 10: 006302134X
  • Imprint: William Morrow
  • On Sale: 10/27/2020
  • Pages: 528
  • List Price:34.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

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