The Cliff House
by Chris Brookmyre
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Pub Date 07 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2023
Penzler Publishers, Scarlet
Seven women. Seven sins. One night of judgment.
Jennifer is forty-two and getting married for the second time, but that doesn’t mean she can’t go all out for her bachelorette weekend. She’s taking her closest friends to the kind of place that has a years-long waiting list for a booking: three days of super-exclusive luxury accommodation on a remote Scottish island. So excited by the complicated means of transport required to get to the island, no one gives much thought to the implications for getting off again, especially if the weather should turn. But why would they? They’re in for a time they will never forget. Just not for the reasons they imagine.
When one of the party mysteriously goes missing on the first night, Jennifer realizes she has made a terrible mistake: she has assembled this disparate bunch of women and the only thing they have in common is her…
Get ready for a closed circle mystery like no other. One that asks: how well do you really know anybody, even your oldest acquaintance? And what if your best friend is really your worst enemy?
About the Author:
Christopher Brookmyre was a journalist before publishing his award-winning debut, Quite Ugly One Morning. He is the author of the Jack Parlabane thriller series, which has sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone, and the acclaimed Jasmine Sharp and Catherine McLeod novels. He has won many awards for his work, including the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Novel of the Year, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, and the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award.
"Chris Brookmyre is a genius, every new book of his is a cause for celebration" - Richard Osman
"There are dozens of novels based on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, but Christopher Brookmyre's ingenious take is by far the best I have read. He makes you feel for and fear each character. He keeps you guessing until the very end—after an avalanche of revelations and twists. " - The Times (Book of the Month)
"Brookmyre is always a class act and it is a pleasure to be back in the hands of one of our best crime writers with this clever, propulsive thriller with a whole lot of heart." - Observer
"Tightly plotted and a lot of fun, this is perfect poolside reading." - The Guardian
"A suspenseful and atmospheric thriller." - The Herald
"Irresistably thrilling, Brookmyre proves he's a master of suspense." - Sun
"Among his best yet . . . a killer twist and an upbeat conclusion." - Sunday Post
"Brookmyre orchestrates the proceedings with assurance and a deep sense of mischief. Wonderfully entertaining." - Crime Time
"Brookmyre has great fun with his Agatha Christie homage." - Irish Times
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Average rating from 75 members
The Cliff House is grade A psychological thriller. 7 women, some old friends and some strangers come together for a hen party. Things go south quickly and just when you think you have it figured out it changes.
Secrets of each woman are central to the plot and each one seems worse than the others.
The characters shift as the book goes on - the seemingly "bad" characters become more likeable.
This is a terrific read if you want a book that you can't put down.
This mystery has it all: fun characters, Irish and Scottish slang, a remote locale, and a murder plot that will keep you guessing. I loved the focus on women's friendships, old and new. The relationships are believable while also allowing a little bit of lifestyle voyeurism for the average reader (one of the women is a rock star like Stevie Nicks, another is a famous entrepreneur, another a tennis pro). I read this by the pool in two quick sittings but it will be a great fall book too.