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Competition – Sarah Pinborough Behind her Eyes

January 12, 2017 - 6:59 pm No Comments

Awesomeness – Harper Collins have offered a copy of Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough to you, Terror Tree readers!


Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…


Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…


Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.

But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really is the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?

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The Death House

March 31, 2015 - 12:31 pm No Comments

The Death House
Author: Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: Gollancz
Release date: 26th February 2015
Page count: 286pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

No one ever comes back from the sanatorium. One day, Toby believes he will be the kid who vanishes from the house. The Death House. He was taken from his home and brought to the house where he now lives with the other boys, watched over by the Matron. He is there because the tests have proved that with him the Defective gene is active. The stability of Dorm 4 is interrupted by the arrival of new boy Tom. Tom nearly got there. He’s seventeen and a half and if it doesn’t happen by age eighteen it isn’t going to happen. The other arrival, unusually is a girl, Clara, who has captured the imagination of the other inmates.
Sitting in the dining room, Toby watches as Ellory sits sniffling, unable to eat. He knows they will come for Ellory tonight.
“Angels of death who only appear in the night to collect sleeping, sick children.”
As he watches, he sees another person awake, Clara, who has also not taken the ‘vitamins’ the children are forced to take at night. His nights are no longer his own.
This quite simply, is an amazing book. Fraught with tension, poignancy, humour and a strange aura of dystopia, The Death House is the most significant YA book to be released this century. Toby is full of anger, his narrative cold, yet emotional all the same as he tries no to remember the good times, the times before. And he’s boss of Dorm 4, determined to hold onto his position of power, protector of the younger boys and role model for them too. The new arrivals are messing with his new world order, the order he has had to accept since being thrown into a van, drugged, and dragged to the house. But strangely, amidst the fear, anger and power plays, there blooms a youthful, touching romance between Toby and Clara. Night-time co-conspirators. Yet Toby doesn’t want to hope for anything because it might just fracture him.
Set amidst the death, and the children’s fear that they too, will get sick, are delightfully innocent moments, such as when the group plays ‘Hide n Seek’ and the brewing relationship between Toby and Clara, which offsets the inherent darkness of this novel. And the touching moments as Clara and Toby try to save the sick bird they’ve found, who they name Georgie.
This is a powerful book; emotional and frightening with a killer ending. An absolute must read.


May 23, 2013 - 1:55 pm No Comments

Author: Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Page count: 343pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Occurring at the same time as the Jack the Ripper murders, in the heart of London, the Torso Murders were committed by a serial killer during that period of mayhem. The Torso Murders, as the name suggests, involved a number of mutilated torsos being found in the city, missing arms, legs and heads. In her novel Mayhem, Pinborough takes these factual events and weaves them into a compelling story of death and the supernatural.
The novel, told through a series of viewpoints, starts in Nov 1886 in Paris, where the torso of a woman is found on the steps of a church in Mountrouge. From the outset in Paris to the streets of London, the novel evokes atmosphere and authenticity. Pinborough uses excerpts from newspapers to create her tale. You are engaged from the off, particularly when Dr Bond starts to narrate in 1888 at the height of these murders. The narrative is gruesomely poetic and visceral as the reader discovers much of the bowel and the female internal organs have been removed. Detectives obviously wonder if it is him, Jack, committing these atrocious murders, and talk of an atmosphere of wickedness in London.
Amongst the characters we also meet dirty and weird barber Aaron Kosminski, who has dreams and visions of blood, reluctantly working with Dr Bond and a Jewish priest to find the killer. To investigate, and fuel; an addiction, Dr Bond drags us through the opium dens of the city, partaking of the drug to offset the bloody sights he has seen.
This novel is quite simply, brilliant. It immerses you into a decadent and wicked period of London’s history, tantalizing the reader and teasing us with the identity of the killer. Dr Bond is a fully formed, flawed anti-hero who returns to play some more in the sequel Murder in 2015. I cannot wait!

Mayhem Book Launch

May 1, 2013 - 10:04 pm 2 Comments



I was delighted and privileged to be asked along to the launch party for Sarah Pinborough’s brand new book from Jo Fletcher Books Mayhem. The novel, which is set between 1886 and 1889, takes place in the background to the Jack the Ripper murders whilst another fiend was stalking London. These were the Torso Murders, and it started with a mutilated female torso being found on the footsteps of a church. And the scariest part about this novel? It’s based on fact. Whilst Jack sought fame and notoriety, the brute behind the torso murders kept secrets to his/her identity hidden, though this creature like Jack, was said to have knowledge of human anatomy.


So it was on a rather sunny Tuesday evening that a number of us gathered at the Prospect of Whitby for drinks to celebrate this new novel by Sarah Pinborough. There we took the chance to chat to editors, publicists and like-minded bloggers or reviewers who joined Sarah to launch the book.
This was followed soon after by a jaunt across the road to the Wapping Project, an art gallery/restaurant that served up a solid supply of vino then canapés whilst we chatted, listened to Sarah introduce the origins of her book and generally mingled snapping photos.


In the midst of mingling it was great to meet horror editor Steve Jones, who favoured my Fringeworks partner Adrian Middleton and I with enthusiasm for an idea we’d been considering. On the back of the Steampunk Sherlock Holmes books we’re releasing over the coming year, discussion had arisen about Holmes vs. Zombies (as you do) to which suggestion Steve had enthused, declaring it as a ‘no brainer’ pardon the pun, even offering us a cover quote. We were ecstatic of course, so watch this space for further news. Steve was also on hand to offer artistic advice on the photos and to pour the wine, him being an ex bar person, like myself.

Amongst the guests and hosts I got to also congratulate Sarah who was bubbly and enthusiastic, as always, particularly upon telling me that this September she’ll be in Belfast interviewing some of the cast of Game of Thrones. Fantastic. I also spent time with Jo Fletcher herself, an innovative publisher who definitely has her finger on the pulse when it comes to choosing new books and writers.
The experience was amazing, Jo and Lucy from Jo Fletcher books were wonderful hosts, and the whole day (including introducing Sarah to my Sherlock Holmes rubber duckie) will remain a very fond memory.
To retain the memory on my return to dear old Brum I dived into Sarah’s Mayhem, which I’ll be reviewing in a few days.