Five Strangers

by E.V. Adamson

Available October 5
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Five strangers witness a brutal murder in broad daylight ― but can they truly believe what they saw?

With its grassy hills and breathtaking city views, London’s Hampstead Heath is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with friends and loved ones―and on an unseasonably warm Valentine’s Day, the lawns are especially full. So when an aggressive lovers’ quarrel breaks out, there’s an audience of park goers nearby to hear the shouts traded back and forth, and to watch as the violence escalates suddenly to murder, then suicide. 

For the five strangers who observed the gruesome act, the memory of the gore is unshakable. But one of them―disgraced journalist Jen Hunter―is compelled to question the truth of what she thought she saw. Are the facts of the case plain as day, or were they obscured, in the moment, by the glaring sunlight?

As she mounts an obsessive investigation for a seemingly-impossible alternative, the lives of the other witnesses begin to unravel, each in its own particular way. Soon one thing becomes clear: the crime they witnessed was more terrible, more twisted, and more far-reaching than they ever could have imagined.

Both a tightly-plotted, entertaining work of suspense and an unflinching study of the trauma of witnessing violence, Five Strangers gripped me from the first shocking chapter.

—Louise Candlish, author of Our House

Meticulously plotted with an ending I really didn’t see coming.

—Sarah Vaughan, author of Anatomy of a Scandal

From its gripping first chapter, reminiscent of Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love, Five Strangers took me on a breathless, twisting ride. So perfectly pitched it gave me vertigo.

—Kate Weinberg, author of The Truants

E. V. Adamson is a pseudonym of award-winning journalist and author Andrew Wilson. He is the author of four acclaimed biographies, including one on Patricia Highsmith, and four Agatha Christie novels, which feature the Queen of Crime as a series sleuth.