Nameless Acts of Cruelty
by Julie Cameron
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Pub Date 09 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2022
Penzler Publishers, Scarlet
Decades after the loss of his younger sister, a man haunted by horrific memories returns to the sleepy English village where she died
Jeremy Horton is a man denying his past, haunted by a dysfunctional childhood full of dark secrets—including the suspicious death of his younger sister.
Married to lawyer Sarah and with children of his own, Jeremy keeps his eyes firmly focused on the present, never daring to glance in the rear-view mirror for fear of what he might see there. But when a chance encounter awakens the memories he’s fought so hard to suppress, and the death of his estranged mother takes Jeremy back to his sleepy hometown and the scene of the family tragedy, he determines to finally uncover the truth behind his sister’s death.
Villages hold long memories, and Jeremy’s presence quickly becomes an unwelcome reminder of nameless cruelties and shameful secrets. The more he learns, the more the stories from his past take on a sinister significance, leading him to question his own innocence. Meanwhile, someone desperately wants him gone, and their efforts to drive him out escalate as Jeremy’s anxiety spirals out of control. Do they fear him for what he knows—or for what he’s done?
Julie Cameron was born and grew up in England. She studied Clinical Sciences at university and, after a short spell in industry, has worked as both a clinician and a manager in the National Health Service. An inveterate book-lover, particularly thrillers, she finally decided to try her own hand at writing - which resulted in the completion of Only Truth. Julie has one daughter and lives in a small village in the Berkshire countryside, where she shares her home with her husband and two happy cats.
Praise for her previous book, Only Truth:
“Blending domestic and serial-killer thrillers (with an unreliable narrator, to boot), Cameron skillfully wrangles all these elements into a strong page-turner with a compelling main character in Izzy. Recommend this one to readers who enjoyed Riley Sager’s Home before Dark (2020) and Lisa Unger’s The Red Hunter (2017).” - Christine Tran, Booklist
"A deep plunge into a haunted psyche slowly stretched to the breaking point. More, please." - Kirkus
"Cameron slowly revs up the suspense to an exciting crescendo in this intriguing game of cat and mouse." - Publishers Weekly
"Cameron handles the narrative like a pro. Isabel is such a substantial character, with her painful history and complex interior life, that she dominates the story [...] Like her main character, Cameron has a Gothic sensibility that complements her uncanny sense of place. Her descriptions of the Lodge, the coach house and the extensive grounds of the estate have a 19th-century vibe, suggesting skeletons in the closet and ghosts in the wings. For all her mastery of the spooky trappings of suspense, Cameron also respects another, more fundamental element of the form — plotting." - Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
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Average rating from 10 members
I couldn’t put this book down! It had me hooked from the very first page to the very last. The characters are so well thought out and deep and the truth is truly kept a complete mystery until the very end.
It was descriptive, well paced and the tone was just the right balance.
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