“A perfectly executed psychological thriller” (The Guardian) from the internationally bestselling author of The Wrong Mother and The Other Woman’s House
Television producer Fliss Benson is surprised to discover that her superstar boss, Laurie Nattrass, is stepping down from his post. She’s even more surprised that he asks her to take over his documentary about crib-death mothers wrongly accused of murder. Thanks to Laurie’s advocacy, three women are now free, while the doctor who testified against them is under investigation for misconduct. Then one of the mothers is found dead. In her pocket is a card with sixteen numbers on it, arranged in four rows of four- exactly like the anonymous card Fliss has just received in the mail.
The fifth book in Sophie Hannah’s beloved Zailer and Waterhouse series, The Cradle in the Grave combines the puzzle of a Golden Age mystery with a masterful tale of psychological suspense that Tana French and Laura Lippman fans will love.
Hannah focuses on the dangerous gray area between guilt and innocence in her provocative fifth mystery featuring Det. Sgt. Charlotte "Charlie" Zailer and Det. Constable Simon Waterhouse of the Culver Valley police (after The Dead Lie Down). When TV producer Felicity "Fliss" Benson receives an anonymous card with 16 numbers on it, she's puzzled, but she soon has bigger worries. Her boss, famed investigative journalist Laurence "Laurie" Nattrass, suddenly puts her in charge of his BBC documentary on the "miscarriages of justice" surrounding women falsely accused of murdering their children. One of the documentary subjects is Helen Yardley, convicted of killing her two infant sons, whom she claimed were victims of crib death. When Helen, whose conviction was later overturned, is murdered and an identical number card is found on her body, Fliss fears the killer is targeting those connected to the documentary. Hannah merges her myriad story lines with practiced ease. 10-city author tour.