Books by Emma Flint

Little Deaths, Emma Flint, Picador crime novelLittle Deaths (Picador, 2017)

July 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in the heatwave. One stifling morning, divorced cocktail waitress Ruth Malone wakes to find her two young children are missing. After a short yet desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery.

It’s every mother’s worst nightmare. But Ruth Malone is not like other mothers . . .

Surveying the empty liquor bottles and love letters that litter Ruth’s apartment, her perfectly tousled strawberry-blonde hair and provocative clothing, the detectives leap to obvious, convenient conclusions, fuelled by neighbourhood gossip and speculation. Sent to cover the case on his first major assignment – a lucky break – rookie tabloid reporter Pete Wonicke at first can’t help but make the same assumptions. But the longer he spends watching Ruth, and the more he learns about the darker workings of the police and the press, Pete begins to doubt everything he thought he knew. Ruth Malone is enthralling, challenging, impenetrable – but surely this doesn’t make her a murderer?

Haunting, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, Little Deaths is an electrifying story about love, morality and obsession, exploring the capacity for good and evil in us all.

‘A phenomenal achievement […] A lightning-fast, heart-pounding, psychologically resonant crime novel that effortlessly transcends genre’ Jeffery Deaver

‘Utterly atmospheric and with style to burn, Emma Flint’s Little Deaths is a novel that troubles and transfixes from its simmering first pages all the way to its searing final words’ Megan Abbott

‘Pitch perfect… a thriller that keeps us guessing until the last page’ Ann Cleeves

‘This taut thriller really shines’ Oprah.com

‘Little Deaths is a confident addition to the growing trend of novels about flawed, angry, hurt women navigating hostile social and intimate milieus that turn viciously punitive when those women rebel’ Margie Orford, Guardian

‘Steaming with the heat of a New York July, Little Deaths is redolent of 60s noir… [a] fascinating debut’ The Observer, Thriller of the month

‘Exceptional writing by a first-timer’ The Sunday Times

‘A subtle portrait of a woman in extremis, and of the men who judge her’ The Times Literary Supplement

‘It’s an absorbing, seductive read; I absolutely loved it’ The Irish Times

‘Mesmerizing’ The Washington Post

‘Spellbinding, beautifully written and very moving’ Daily Mail

‘An absolutely gripping debut. Emma Flint spins a lyrical tale of horror and suspense in the vivid and thick atmosphere of 1965 Queens’ Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous

‘Completely engrossing and beautifully written’ Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act Of Love

‘(It) had me pinned to my sofa as the tension ratcheted up to almost unbearable levels. Murder, sex and obsession married with flawless writing and a tight, fast-paced narrative that doesn’t let up make an impressive top notch debut’ Fanny Blake, author of House Of Dreams and Women Of A Dangerous Age, Books Editor of Woman & Home

Little Deaths is a thing of beauty and wonder. Gripping and shattering. Ruth’s story will stay with me for the rest of my life’ Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree and Burning Air

  • Longlisted for The Bailey’s Women Prize for Fiction 2017
  • Longlisted for the 2017 Desmond Elliott Prize
  • Longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of the year
  • Washington Post’s Ten Best Thrillers and Mysteries of 2017
  • Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2017
  • Barnes & Noble’s Best Books of the Year
  • The Guardian’s Best Crime Books and Thrillers of 2017
  • The Irish Times’ Best Crime Books of 2017
  • The Irish Times’ Readers’ Books of 2017 Poll
  • LitHub’s Best Crime Books of 2017
  • The Telegraph’s The best new books in 2017
  • Dead Good Books’ 20 authors pick the best crime novels of 2017
  • BuzzFeed’s This Year’s Best Reads
  • Reading Groups for Everyone’s Best Debuts of 2017
  • Harpers Bazaar’s 13 Books You Need To Read In January 2017
  • Entertainment Weekly’s The most anticipated books of 2017
  • Stylist’s pick of the best new books in 2017
About Emma Flint