The hours before dawn

Louise Henderson is a young housewife and mother, trying her best to tend to a husband, two small daughters and a constantly crying baby. Her fatigue is such that she fears she is nearing psychosis; and she can’t help but feel that a new lodger in the house, a seemingly respectable schoolmistress, poses a threat to her and her family.

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Discover the original psychological thriller as a sleep-deprived young mother struggles to stay sane, from author of Waterstones Thriller of the Month, Uncle Paul.

'A lost masterpiece.' Peter Swanson
'Brilliant ... Such clever, witty writing.' Elly Griffiths
'Fremlin packs a punch.' Ian Rankin
'Splendid ... Got me hooked.' Ruth Rendell
'A slow-burning chill of a read by a master of suspense.' Janice Hallett
'The grandmother of psycho-domestic noir; Britain's Patricia Highsmith.' Sunday Times

Louise would give anything - anything - for a good night's sleep. Forget the girls running errant in the garden and bothering the neighbours. Forget her husband who seems oblivious to it all. If the baby would just stop crying, everything would be fine.

Or would it? What if Louise's growing fears about the family's new lodger, who seems to share all of her husband's interests, are real? What could she do, and would anyone even believe her? Maybe, if she could get just get some rest, she'd be able to think straight . . .

WINNER OF THE 1960 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST MYSTERY NOVEL

'Barbara Pym with arsenic.' Clare Chambers
'Sinister, witty and utterly compelling. A genius.' Nicola Upson

Additional information

Weight 220 g
Dimensions 200 × 130 × 15 mm
Author

Publisher

Faber & Faber

Imprint

Faber & Faber

Cover

Paperback

Pages

vi, 249

Language

English

Edition

|Reprint

Dewey

823.914 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K