Marc Scott grew up in the East end of London and spent 25 years working in the video and film industry, including 12 months working in Hollywood. He recently spent five years working in the court service dealing with young offenders. House of Straw is his first book. He lives in Buckinghamshire.
Theo Pearce went missing over twenty years go. The
Aboriginal teenager vanished off a country road in the heartland of Australia’s Western District.
Ewan Boyd returns to his hometown for a school reunion. There he reconnects with a boyhood friend, Freddie Stokie, Theo’s uncle. Ewan is Freddie’s last hope and he threatens to unearth a shared secret if Ewan doesn’t comply with his demand to find out what happened to Theo.
Ewan’s investigation into people who have “gone missing” in the sheep growing country of southwestern Victoria reveals a hidden world of established, but waning, political power. As Ewan learns more from his past, he puts at risk ….
The author, John Henry, uses personal insights, gleaned from growing up in a small county town “out west”, to confer an unsettling authenticity to his characters.
Lured by the mysterious Contessa di Albertosi, Steane soon finds himself caught up in a web of lies and deceit. With no job and a gambling habit to maintain, he can't resist the offer of enough money to solve all of his problems. All he has to do is travel to Greece and track down a long buried secret. But Steane isn't the only one searching...
"An unforgettable—and Hollywood-bound—new thriller... A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy."
The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....