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The Companion
12 May 2022 * EBOOK * £7.99 * 9781801109246

In a grand old mansion in the middle of the Sussex countryside, six people have seen more than they should... The new standalone thriller from Lesley Thomson.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 416 pages
Exclusive: GB CA AU NZ IN ZA SG   Not for sale: US
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The CompanionLesley Thomson

Sally Robinson was obsessed with family tradition. That's why, on a scorching August day, she dragged her family out for a picnic on Dedman's Heath. Sally imagined her picturesque children posing against the purple heathers and flowering yellow gorse of the South Downs: an envy-inducing post for her facebook page. Instead, the perfect mother and her perfect family were murdered. By a man who had murdered before, and will do so again.

DI Toni Kemp, of Sussex police, must unravel a case which has shocked the county to its core. What she discovers will lead her to Bedford Hall, a grand country mansion, long ago converted into flats. Here in the middle of nowhere, where statues dot the lawn and peacocks scream in the bushes, six long-term residents have seen more than they should. But this is a community who are good at keeping secrets...

Lesley Thomson grew up in west London. Her first novel, A Kind of Vanishing, won the People's Book Prize in 2010. Her second novel, The Detective's Daughter, was a number 1 bestseller and sold over 500,000 copies. Visit her website at

Lesley Thomson is a #1 bestseller.

Lesley Thomson is a popular fixture on the crime circuit and always well-reviewed.

A locked-room mystery set in the South Downs.

MARKET: Eve Chase; Sarah Waters; Barbara Vine; Agatha Christie.

'One of the most original characters in British crime fiction ... Thomson's plots are original and she draws her characters with genuine affection' Sunday Times.
'In the best traditions of the classic whodunnit, this is Midsomer Murders for grown-ups' Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express.
'Lesley Thomson gets better and better' Ian Rankin.
'A clever mystery plot ... Its excellence is in the characters, all credible and memorable' Literary Review.
'Gloriously well-written ... Thomson creates a rich and sinister world that is utterly unique'
William Shaw

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