Strange Sally Diamond
A BBC Between the Covers Book Club Pick
**Selected for BBC 2 Between the Covers 2023**
From the Number 1 bestselling author of Our Little Cruelties and Skin Deep
Sally Diamond cannot understand why what she did was so strange. She was only doing what her father told her to do, to put him out with the rubbish when he died.
Now Sally is the centre of attention, not only from the hungry media and police detectives, but also a sinister voice from a past she cannot remember. As she begins to discover the horrors of her childhood, Sally steps into the world for the first time, making new friends and big decisions, and learning that people don't always mean what they say.
But who is the man observing Sally from the other side of the world? And why does her neighbour seem to be obsessed with her? Sally's trust issues are about to be severely challenged . . .
'In Sally Diamond, Nugent has given us an astounding creation with a singular voice . . . an absorbing, twisty, compulsive psychological thriller with surprising humour and pathos' Sunday Independent
'Strikingly well-observed and consistently surprising' The Times
'Incredible' Sara Cox
'Strange indeed . . . and smart, too! Shocking, disturbing and utterly original, Strange Sally Diamond will grip you from first page to last' Paula Hawkins
'Irresistibly compelling, this dark story is shocking yet endearing. A brilliant read that will suck you in' Crime Monthly
'Liz Nugent has outdone herself. Twisted and twisty, dark and gripping, no one is going to forget Sally Diamond in a hurry!' Graham Norton
'It creeped me out (in a good way) . . . Terrific' Ian Rankin
'Dark, compelling and deeply moving' Ruth Ware
'So, so good! Sally gets under your skin and worms her way into your heart. I didn't want it to end' Jane Fallon
'I'm lost in admiration for Liz and her writing . . . vivid, pacy, taut but so very moving' Marian Keyes
'Jaw-droppingly clever . . . One of the best books I've read in a long, long time. I can't stop thinking about it' Lucy Foley
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sally Diamond is the sheltered loner anchoring Liz Nugent’s latest thriller. The story starts apace with Sally disposing of her adoptive father’s dead body in a rubbish bag—a literal interpretation of a glib remark that brings the police to her doorstep. Then it kicks into high gear when she finally learns the horrifying circumstances of her true parentage. The tension peaks again when a familiar teddy bear from an anonymous sender arrives. Events unfold through Sally in the present timeline and through Peter (the half-brother she didn’t know she had) for the period leading up to and beyond her birth. Nugent tends to put her readers into the minds of unequivocal villains, and Peter’s perspective is typically complex. Sally, meanwhile, is refreshingly endearing, well-intended and often funny, even as she struggles with the appropriate (or at least, socially acceptable) emotional response to each devastating revelation. At once a coming-of-age story and a disturbing psychological mystery, the twists and turns of this novel will keep you hooked until the end.
Strange Sally Diamond
Unusual and yet disturbing story. Couldn’t put it down. 👍