*** SOON TO BE A MAJOR TV SERIES ***
From the highly acclaimed writer of Luther and Hard Sun, Burial is a novel about guilt, secrets and trying to stay alive.
'Stunning' Peter James
What do you do when a secret comes back to haunt you, threatening to destroy every aspect of your life?
Nathan has never been able to forget the worst night of his life: the party that led to the sudden, shocking death of a young woman. Only he and Bob, an untrustworthy old acquaintance, know what really happened and they have resolved to keep it that way.
But one rainy night, years later, Bob appears at Nathan's door with terrifying news, and old wounds are suddenly reopened, threatening to tear Nathan's whole world apart. Because Nathan has his own secrets now. And Bob doesn't realise just how far Nathan will go to protect them…
A gripping contemporary thriller, Burial is both chilling and utterly compelling, and is being developed for television with the title Because the Night.
Praise for Burial:
'His most terrifying... scariest and most satisfying yet' Time Out
'Burial is a terrifically scary and all too believable tale. It's brilliantly written in taut, humorous prose, while being exceptionally well observed and paced. Quite brilliant' Daily Mirror
'Burial is not only a page-turner, but also a sensitive and atmospheric portrayal of a man at the end of his tether... Creepy, unsettling, and subtle' Guardian
'This compulsive page-turner is a thrilling read and you can see why Neil Cross is the lead scriptwriter for the incredibly successful Spooks' The Sun
'An intelligent, tightly written page-turner’ Daily Mail
'A skillfully-told and macabre story for fans of Hitchcock… Cross marries literary values to the page-turning crime narrative' Independent
British author Cross's smooth U.S. debut, a novel of psychological suspense, offers a familiar setup. One summer night in 1993, Nathan Redmond, a research assistant for a radio talk show, and an acquaintance of his, Bob Morrow, each have sex in Bob's car with a stoned 19-year-old, Elise Fox, whom Nathan picked up at a party. Elise dies while doing the deed with Bob, who tells Nathan he's sure she suffered a seizure. In a panic, the two men decide to bury the body. They manage to avoid suspicion by the police, who settle on Nathan's sleazy boss, another party attendee, as the prime suspect in Fox's disappearance. Fifteen years later, Bob calls on Nathan, now a greeting card salesman, with some bad news developers have begun to dig in the area of Elise's grave. Readers will feel little sympathy for Nathan as he tries, perversely, to make belated amends for his crime. The story flows, but the main character's lack of depth is a reminder that Cross (Always the Sun) is not yet in the modern masters league.