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March 18, 2015

Felony of the Week: In the Spider’s House, by Sarah Diamond

Let’s say it right upfront: There are no spiders in this book. The spider’s house of the title is a fevered mind, clotted with the sticky, increasingly poisonous residue of obsession. But whose mind is it? Does it belong to novelist Anna Howell, who has moved with her husband to this postcard-pretty English town? Does it belong to the notorious – if long-ago – murderess, who appears to have some frightening connection to the Howells’ new house? Or does it belong to someone else entirely, someone perhaps who is watching Anna, who knows the house’s history, and who is just waiting for the right, the perfect moment to….act?

In the Spider’s House all but defines the term “psychological suspense.” Publisher’s Weekly called it an “atmospheric, mordant study of compulsive behavior.” Much though we love their use of “mordant” (c’mon, when was the last time you saw “mordant” in print?), we’d just call it a terrific, twisty read. We are delighted to introduce author Sarah Diamond, in her U.S. debut – so delighted that we’re offering In the Spider’s House at a 25% discount.

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