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Publisher Description

Twelve years. Twelve dead girls. Thirteen will be unlucky for some.

The Number One bestselling crime thriller from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. A bloody, brilliant and brutal story of murder, kidnap and revenge.

Detective Constable Ash Henderson has a dark secret…

Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her thirteenth birthday. A year later the first card arrived: home-made, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last.

The tabloids call him ‘The Birthday Boy’. He’s been snatching girls for twelve years, always just before their thirteenth birthday, killing them slowly, then torturing their families with his homemade cards.

But Ash hasn’t told anyone what really happened to Rebecca – they all think she ran away – because if anyone finds out, he’ll be taken off the investigation. And he’s sacrificed too much to give up before his daughter’s murderer gets what he deserves…


Praise for Birthdays for the Dead:

‘MacBride is a damned fine writer – no one does dark and gritty like him’ Peter James

‘The master of murderous mayhem is back to his best with a belter of a book … a page-turner’ The Sun

Praise for Stuart MacBride:

‘Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order’ Mark Billingham

‘Ferocious and funny, this is Tartan Noir at its best’ Val McDermid

‘Stuart MacBride’s thrillers just keep getting better’ Express

About the author

Stuart MacBride is the No.1 bestselling author of the DS Logan McRae series. His novels have won him the CWA Dagger in the Library, the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel, and Best Breakthrough Author at the ITV3 crime thriller awards. Stuart’s other works include Halfhead, a near-future thriller, Sawbones, a novella aimed at adult emergent readers, and several short stories. He lives in the north-east of Scotland with his wife, Fiona, and cat, Grendel.

Crime & Thrillers
5 January

Customer Reviews

Andrew Kerr ,

Birthday Boy

Thought the DS Rae books were excellent, but this stand alone book didn't disappoint. looking forward to more from Stuart McBride.

Ralpharama ,

Nasty but very readable

Possibly one of the nastiest books I've read, but compelling. Couldn't put it down once started! Should really be made into a TV drama. Horribly believable characters, only made tolerable by the rich dark humour

Bewaretheenchantment ,


Had high hopes for this book because I love the Logan McRae series, this book is written very different I only got a 3rd of the way through and that was painful! Lots of holes in the story felt like I had missed pages, didn't feel an instant connection to the characters as I did with the McRae series
Very disappointed and annoyed at the price I paid!

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