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Tall Bones: The instant Sunday Times bestseller; 'one of the most exciting debuts of 2021' Paperback – 30 March 2021

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A nuanced thriller that will haunt you long after you race through its pages.GRAZIA

This is a striking first novel, a chilling insight into an oppressive world, where bad thoughts and bad deeds ripple just below the surface, out of sight.Alison Flood, OBSERVER

Fast paced and moving.LITERARY REVIEW

Beautifully written and very moving, this is an assured debut.Laura Wilson, GUARDIAN

One of the most exciting debuts of the year.SUNDAY EXPRESS

Spellbinding and darkly beautiful.... intricately plotted and exquisitely written, Tall Bones is a stunning debut.WOMEN & HOME

Cleverly written, Anna Bailey's debut shines a light on the darker and more oppressive side of small-town society.INDEPENDENT

Both menacing and haunting, a compelling and atmospheric debut.DAILY MAIL

The best kind of small-town crime novel... one that drips with atmosphere. Bailey has penned a dark and compulsive literary crime-drama about love, guilt, trauma, intolerance and the consequences of religious devotion... an intricately weaved and haunting story that will stay with you for days after.CULTUREFLY

Bailey writes with perfect poise. She is destined for great things - I feel it in my bones.SAGA magazine

One of the most exciting debuts of the year.OK magazine

With Tall Bones, Anna Bailey bursts onto the scene with a wonderfully haunting debut. Small-town intrigue, exquisitely drawn.JANE HARPER, author of The Dry and The Lost Man

Anna Bailey's debut is irresistible, a compelling and nuanced psychological thriller suffused with small town prejudice and dark family secrets.PAULA HAWKINS, author of The Girl on the Train

An intricate and compelling thriller, beautifully nuanced and wonderfully claustrophobic. Brilliant.SJ WATSON, author of Before I Go to Sleep

'A clever, twisting debut about the dark side of small town America. It is packed with secrets like firecrackers ready to ignite.'

FRANCINE TOON, author of Pine

'Anna Bailey writes like a dream about teenage love and lust, the terror of knowledge and the claustrophobia of families and of small towns.Tall Bones is as brutal, as bittersweet, as tender and as tense as first love itself.'EMMA FLINT, author of Little Deaths

Tall Bones brilliantly conjures up the oppressive claustrophobia of the small town and I felt so strongly about some of the characters that I had to check the ending to make sure they were ok! Extremely well written... fantastic.HARRIET TYCE, author of Blood Orange

Its portrait of small-town intrigue is scarily credible. Bailey understands that the dynamics that drive small-town relationships are the same the world over.VAL McDERMID

A terrific debut about guilt, secrets and complex family dynamics - the writing is vivid & assured: Anna Bailey is definitely one to watch.LUCY ATKINS, author of Magpie Lane

Bleak and haunting, Emma's troubled path to where the truth lies will carry the reader's soul along in both moving and compassionate ways.Maxim Jakubowski, CRIME TIME

Brilliant! Could not put it down. It's utterly gripping and beautifully written.KATIE FFORDE

Vividly captures a simmering atmosphere of suspicion and repression.IRISH INDEPENDENT

Tall Bones is as atmospheric as it gets. Anna writes beautifully and it was so refreshing to experience a different voice - a stunning debut that delivers on every level. Reminded me of Jane Harper's The Dry.RENEE KNIGHT, author of Disclaimer

Smart and compassionate, full of poetry and rage and shy hopes and shredded dreams and missing girls and family secrets and the dark, shameful underbelly of small town life.TAMMY COHEN, author of Stop At Nothing

this debut ... heralds the arrival of a major novelist.THE TABLET

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The biggest dark literary launch of 2021. Like THE GIRLS rewritten by GILLIAN FLYNN with all the atmosphere of TWIN PEAKS, TALL BONES marks the debut of an explosive new talent.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ DOUBLEDAY UK (30 March 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0857527398
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0857527394
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.2 x 3.2 x 23.6 cm
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Hello and welcome! I’m the author of Tall Bones, published in the US as Where The Truth Lies.

Tall Bones is a literary crime thriller and my debut novel, inspired by the years I spent living in small-town America, particularly in the Colorado Rocky Mountains where this book is set. I also drew a lot of influence from TV shows such as Twin Peaks and True Detective, a childhood’s worth of creepy films, and the brooding Americana music of Johnny Cash and Colter Wall. I am extremely fortunate that the good folks at Goldsboro Books also enjoyed these things and have selected Tall Bones as their Book of the Month for April.

Raised in Gloucestershire, I’m a West Country girl at heart, but I now live in France, where I’m currently working on my second novel, and I still can’t believe that’s a sentence I actually get to say.

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Please do come say hello over on Twitter @annafbailey or Instagram @annabaileywrites and I’ll recommend you some more music your dad might like.

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