The Hours Before Dawn

Celia Fremlin


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Faber & Faber
6 July 2017
ISBN: 9780571338122
256 pages

From the publisher

Discover the original psychological thriller as a sleep-deprived young mother struggles to stay sane, from author of Waterstones Thriller of the Month, Uncle Paul.

‘A lost masterpiece.’ Peter Swanson
‘Fremlin packs a punch.’ Ian Rankin
‘Splendid … Got me hooked.’ Ruth Rendell
‘A slow-burning chill of a read by a master of suspense.’ Janice Hallett
‘The grandmother of psycho-domestic noir; Britain’s Patricia Highsmith.’ Sunday Times

Louise would give anything – anything – for a good night’s sleep. Forget the girls running errant in the garden and bothering the neighbours. Forget her husband who seems oblivious to it all. If the baby would just stop crying, everything would be fine.

Or would it? What if Louise’s growing fears about the family’s new lodger, who seems to share all of her husband’s interests, are real? What could she do, and would anyone even believe her? Maybe, if she could get just get some rest, she’d be able to think straight . . .


‘Barbara Pym with arsenic.’ Clare Chambers
‘Sinister, witty and utterly compelling. A genius.’ Nicola Upson