Give Me the Child

Give Me the Child

Melanie McGrath

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A4 153x234mm
384 pages
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Book Overview

’Dark, clever, terrifying’

Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

*The Top Ten Bestseller*

‘Gripping and moving’ Erin Kelly
‘You won’t want to eat, sleep or blink’ Tammy Cohen

Imagine your doorbell rings in the middle of the night.

You open the door to the police.

With them is your husband’s eleven-year-old love child. A daughter you never knew he had.

Her mother has been found dead in their south London flat.

She has nowhere else to go.


Compulsive, dark and devastating, Give Me the Child is a uniquely skilful thriller with an unforgettable twist.

About the author

Mel McGrath is an Essex girl, the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling family memoir Silvertown. She won the John Llewellyn-Rhys/Mail on Sunday award for Best Writer Under 35 for her first book, Motel Nirvana. She has published three Arctic mysteries featuring the Inuit detective Edie Kiglatuk under the name MJ McGrath, the first of which, The Boy in the Snow, was shortlisted for a CWA Gold Dagger.In the last year she has been one of the founders and moving lights of the website Killer Women, which has rapidly established itself as one of the key forums for crime writing in the UK. This new standalone marks a change in direction


  • ‘You won’t want to eat, sleep or blink’Tammy Cohen
  • ‘A triumph. A mesmerisingly written examination of desperation and evil’Financial Times
  • ‘Taut and compelling’ Good Housekeeping
  • ‘Gripping and moving’Erin Kelly
  • ‘A beautifully written and very unsettling read.’Ann Cleeves
  • ‘Hugely addictive and highly recommended’Sarah Hilary
  • ‘Completely unputdownable’Lisa Hall
  • ‘Utterly terrifying – it plays on every mother’s deepest fear’Annabel Kantaria
  • ‘Among my favourite books of the year. I loved it’Mark Hill
  • ‘Prepare to whizz through this addictive read… edge-of-your-seat stuff’The Sun
  • ‘A stimulating, powerful, entirely captivating and deliciously entertaining read’Liz Robinson, Lovereading
  • ‘I was totally blown away’Crime Book Junkie
  • ‘I actually thought within the first few chapters, that I had it sussed and knew exactly who did what and why – I was wrong’A Cornish Mum
  • ‘I was addicted’Mumsnet