A Tidy Ending

A Tidy Ending

Joanna Cannon

ISBN
9780008255039
Pub date
28/04/2022
Imprint
The Borough Press
Binding
Paperback
Format
A4 153x221mm
Extent
416 pages
Price
£13.99
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Book Overview


From the Sunday Times bestselling author

‘Cannon is so attuned to other people’s stories… a chronicler both of the human condition and the quotidian details which speak to who we are’ Guardian

‘Original, macabre and the reveal of the twist made me laugh with shock and delight. Never less than intriguing, it had me holding my breath!’ Marian Keyes

‘A stupendous novel… complicated, dark, funny and very human’ Fern Britton

‘Devastating, deceptive and darkly funny. Classic Cannon’ Sarah Winman

‘Entertaining and dark’ Stylist

‘I literally put the light on in the middle of the night in order to carry on reading it. Compelling, sinister, brilliantly written, it is a complete triumph’ Katie Fforde

‘Joanna Cannon creates a world that is so real, so parochial & stifling you can feel it. Then adds in a killer. Glorious’ Jane Fallon

‘A compellingly crafted, darkly funny and compulsive read, full of twists – and twists on twists – that keeps you guessing until the last page… a joy and a triumph’ Rachel Joyce

‘Jo’s writing is as delicate and precise as tapestry and Linda is a character you’ll never forget’ Jill Mansell

A NICE, NORMAL HOUSE

Linda has lived around here ever since she fled the dark events of her childhood in Wales. Now she sits in her kitchen, wondering if this is all there is – pushing the Hoover round and cooking fish fingers for tea is a far cry from the glamorous lifestyle she sees in the glossy catalogues coming through the door for the house’s previous occupant.

A NICE, NORMAL HUSBAND

Terry isn’t perfect – he picks his teeth, tracks dirt through the house and spends most of his time in front of the TV. But that seems fairly standard – until he starts keeping odd hours at work, at around the same time young women start to go missing in the neighbourhood.

A NICE, NORMAL LIFE…

If Linda could just track down Rebecca, who lived in the house before them, maybe some of that perfection would rub off on her. But the grass isn’t always greener: you can’t change who you really are, and there’s something nasty lurking behind the net curtains on Cavendish Avenue…

About the author


Joanna Cannon’s first two novels, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things about Elsie, were both Sunday Times bestsellers and Richard and Judy picks. She worked as a hospital doctor before specialising in psychiatry, and lives in the Peak District with her family and her dog.

Reviews


  • ‘Original, macabre and the reveal of the twist made me laugh with shock and delight. Never less than intriguing, it had me holding my breath!’ Marian Keyes
  • ‘A stupendous novel… complicated, dark, funny and very human’ Fern Britton
  • ‘Devastating, deceptive and darkly funny. Classic Cannon’ Sarah Winman
  • ‘Entertaining and dark’ Stylist
  • ‘I literally put the light on in the middle of the night in order to carry on reading it. Compelling, sinister, brilliantly written, it is a complete triumph’ Katie Fforde
  • ‘Joanna Cannon creates a world that is so real, so parochial & stifling you can feel it. Then adds in a killer. Glorious’ Jane Fallon
  • ‘A compellingly crafted, darkly funny and compulsive read, full of twists… a joy and a triumph’ Rachel Joyce
  • ‘So clever and unexpected… superb… glorious… I’m going to be thinking about this book for a long time’ Kathryn Mannix
  • ‘Jo’s writing is as delicate and precise as tapestry and Linda is a character you’ll never forget’ Jill Mansell
  • ‘Such a distinctive voice in a novel full of immense compassion with a brilliant narrative twist. Brava!’ Hannah Beckerman
  • ‘Deliciously sinister and irresistibly tense. The creepiest, cleverest, most haunting mystery you will read all year. Absolutely brilliant. I couldn’t stop reading’ Rachel Clarke
  • ‘A highly entertaining thriller with a huge, warm, beating human heart and a central character that stays with you long, long after reading. I loved it’ Kate Hamer
  • ‘I absolutely loved it.. A serial killer, a traumatised woman, the quirkiest of characters, such perfect observational writing – she’s a superstar’ Sarah Pinborough
  • ‘Ridiculously good’ Marianne Cronin
  • ‘Thoroughly absorbing with an expertly drawn and engaging protagonist. The suspense hums beneath the surface until the satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended’ Olivia Kiernan
  • ‘Brilliantly entertaining’ Milly Johnson