Deadly Animals

A Novel

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Pub Date 12 Nov 2024 | Archive Date 13 Dec 2024
Henry Holt & Company | Henry Holt and Co.

Description

Finding a dead body is not normal. But Ava is not a normal teenager. In this chilling debut mystery, only the obsessive spirit of youth can save a sleepy town from the savagery within.

Fourteen-year-old Ava Bonney is unlike other children. She has an obsessive interest in the rate at which dead animals decompose. The motorway she lives by regularly offers up roadkill, and in the dead of night, Ava likes nothing more than to pull her latest discovery into her roadside den and record her findings.

One night, she stumbles across the body of her classmate Mickey Grant, and fearing that her secret ritual could be revealed, she makes an anonymous call to the police. When Detective Seth Delahaye is given the case, Ava won’t step back – not when teenagers in her sleepy South Birmingham town are going missing.

How hard can it be to track a killer?

Marie Tierney's debut, Deadly Animals, is a beautiful novel about a small community’s descent into devastation and desperation – and the bravery of youth in the face of darkness.

Finding a dead body is not normal. But Ava is not a normal teenager. In this chilling debut mystery, only the obsessive spirit of youth can save a sleepy town from the savagery within.
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Advance Praise

"Exceptional in every way, Deadly Animals is a shockingly beautiful, rare and heartbreaking gem. A story both harrowing and exquisitely told. I really can’t recommend it highly enough." –Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

"A crime novel I wish I had written." –Lynda La Plante, creator of Prime Suspect and author of Widows

"Marie's writing is beautiful." –Belinda Bauer, author of Blacklands

"Crackling with energy ... Utterly mesmerizing ... This writer has huge talent." –Peter James, international bestselling author and Daily Mail First Novel competition judge

"With writing as sharp as a canine's claw and an unforgettable protagonist, this is a dark glittering gem of a book." –Lisa Gray, bestselling author of Thin Air

"Gloriously dark, deadly and deathly ... Gobbled it up – and it was absolutely delicious." –C. J. Skuse, author of Rockoholic

"An incredible debut – original, epically dark and with such a strong voice. Damn near perfect." –Susi Holliday, author of The Hike

"A masterpiece. Bold, daring, beautifully written and utterly chilling." –William Hussey, author of Killing Jericho

"Feisty Ava and her sidekick John are just the heroes we need ... Original, and as fascinating as it is macabre, Tierney is a name to watch." –Sam Holland, author of The Echo Man

"Exceptional in every way, Deadly Animals is a shockingly beautiful, rare and heartbreaking gem. A story both harrowing and exquisitely told. I really can’t recommend it highly enough." –Chris...


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ISBN 9781250357595
PRICE $29.99 (USD)
PAGES 368

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