Allison & Busby, London
HarperCollins, New York
Maxwell’s fiancée Imogen is obsessed with her idyllic childhood in Cambridge, which was cut short by her parents’ deaths when she was only eight years old. She and her siblings were separated by adoption, and in adulthood she’s managed to reconnect with them all except for the youngest. When she brings Maxwell to visit, he, too, remembers Cambridge, even though he never lived there. His unexpected déjà vu forces him to consider that he may actually be Imogen’s missing brother. Worse, he fears that she may already know that he is, and be marrying him anyway.
Meanwhile, former Detective Chief Inspector Morris Keene languishes at home, struggling with a debilitating injury and post-traumatic stress. His former partner at Major Investigations, Detective Inspector Chloe Frohmann, is paired with an eager young Detective Sergeant who is all too willing to believe the worst when Morris’ daughter Dora is accused of assisting a suicide.
Literal buried skeletons discovered next to an old barn link the suicide and Imogen’s childhood, revealing horrors in the past and triggering danger in the present.
“Emily Winslow’s writing is uniquely perceptive and penetrating, inhabiting the minds of her characters with great subtlety. She is a precise and expert analyst of the darkest parts of the human psyche.” -Internationally best-selling author Sophie Hannah
“Emily Winslow’s writing is uniquely perceptive and penetrating, inhabiting the minds of her characters with great subtlety. She is a precise and expert analyst of the darkest parts of the human psyche.”
– International bestselling author Sophie Hannah
“Emily Winslow’s latest novel The Red House is psychological crime writing at its best. Compelling from page one, with hugely sympathetic characters, it weaves a complex tale of past and present mysteries, which left me guessing right to the end. Winslow’s atmospheric and lyrical writing style added to my enjoyment of this first class mystery.”
– Kate Rhodes, author of The Winter Foundlings
“[The Red House] is a triumph, confirmation that Emily is here to stay. I love the way she handles to perfection the multiple-protagonist viewpoints–you are never confused–and the story fairly belts along at a reasonable pace. DI Chloe Frohmann is on top form, and never far from the truth. Time these excellent stories were snapped up by a TV company.”
– Books Monthly
“Multi-layered and intriguing….Winslow has a talent for developing the distinctive voices of her characters. The plot is satisfyingly twisty….[I stayed] up far too late to find out what had happened.”
“I was hooked before finishing the prologue….Winslow [explores] nuance of character and the complexity of the mystery surrounding The Red House, while at the same time building suspense and keeping the reader on their toes….The artistry of prose and use of juxtaposition and symbolism within The Red House are first class….A high quality literary thriller.”
– Booklover Book Reviews
“Familial mysteries offer dizzying layers, and as present events are intermixed with half-memories and future hopes, the inner longings, logic and vulnerabilities of the participants are steadily revealed….Winslow wrings every last satisfying twist from her characters.”
– The American