First Look: Those We Left Behind by Stuart Neville
Those We Left Behind is the new novel by Stuart Neville. Publishing on 26th June, the book is the first in a new series and follows DCI Serena Flanagan as she confronts a troubling case from her past.
This is one book we just can’t wait to read. Gripping, suspenseful and full of emotion, it also explores the question so many of us ask when we finish a crime novel: what happens after the crime? What are the effects on those who are left behind?
About the book:
When 12-year-old Ciaran Devine confessed to murdering his foster father it sent shock waves through the nation.
DCI Serena Flanagan, then an ambitious Detective Sergeant, took Ciaran’s confession after days spent earning his trust. He hasn’t forgotten the kindness she showed him – in fact, she hasn’t left his thoughts in the seven years he’s been locked away.
Probation officer Paula Cunningham, now tasked with helping Ciaran re-enter society, suspects there was more to this case than the police uncovered. Ciaran’s confession saved his brother Thomas from a far lengthier sentence, and Cunningham can see the unnatural hold Thomas still has over his vulnerable younger brother.
When she brings her fears to DCI Flanagan, the years of lies begin to unravel, setting a deadly chain of events in motion.
We’ve got a while to wait until we can get our hands on Those We Left Behind – but here’s the cover to whet our appetites. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!