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A Lesson in Cruelty

The propulsive new thriller from the bestselling author of Blood Orange
  • Author
    • Harriet Tyce
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Regular price £16.99
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WHAT PRICE WOULD YOU PAY FOR THE PERFECT LIFE?

**The jaw-dropping new thriller from Sunday Times and Kindle #1 bestseller Harriet Tyce**


'Completely unpredictable. The shocks kept coming right up to the final pages.'
Lisa Jewell
'Harriet's best so far.' Sophie Hannah
'Nothing short of unputdownable. One of the best openings I've read in forever.' Alex Michaelides
'A shocking, provocative, standout thriller.'Chris Whitaker
'Left me breathless.' Lucy Clarke

They say you can't always get what you want. But you can take it.

Anna wants a fresh start. She doesn't believe she deserves it, but after three years behind bars she has finally paid her dues. Most of them, anyway.

Lucy craves the attention of the only man she can't have, her alluring Oxford professor. He's married - not for the first time. Maybe she should be next in line?

Marie the recluse has been locked up for too long. She's not ready to be free, but some rules are meant to be broken.

Everyone wants a perfect life. But not everyone is prepared to take it.

Unless someone decides to teach them a lesson.

MORE PRAISE FOR A LESSON IN CRUELTY:

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A dizzyingly satisfying page-turner.' Sarah Pinborough
'Utterly compelling, A Lesson in Cruelty is in the very top tier of psychological thrillers and further cements Harriet Tyce's place amongst the great British crime writers.' M. W. Craven
'Perfect plotting, utterly brilliant.' B.A. Paris
'I absolutely loved it and devoured it whole in one day. So suspenseful and clever of course, but such great characterisation and real heart.' Laura Marshall
'Compulsive, dark and smart, A Lesson in Cruelty delivers on every level.' Gilly Macmillan
'An imaginatively told (and very bingeable) thriller.' John Marrs
'Superb, twisty plotting that's sure to keep readers guessing until the very end.' Femi Kayode
'A deliciously sinister tale of revenge and redemption, with heart-in-mouth tension and head-spinning twists.' Ellery Lloyd
  • Published: Apr 11 2024
  • Pages: 368
  • 236 x 162mm
  • ISBN: 9781472280121

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Press Reviews

  • Alex Michaelides
    One of the best openings I've read in forever. I devoured it.
  • Femi Kayode
    Superb, twisty plotting that's sure to keep readers guessing until the very end
  • Sophie Hannah
    A juicy, sophisticated, layered and intelligent read for the crime fiction connoisseur. Harriet's best so far.
  • Louise Hare
    Absolutely page turning
  • Trevor Wood
    Excellent, gripping, chilling, clever
  • Ellery Lloyd
    A deliciously sinister tale of revenge and redemption, with heart-in-mouth tension and head-spinning twists. This is Tyce at her spine-tingling best.
  • Sarah Pinborough
    A Lesson in Cruelty is a lesson in craftmanship. A dizzyingly satisfying page-turner and an exploration of redemption and damnation. Harriet Tyce at her best!
  • Sam Holland
    Thought provoking and intense, these three cleverly interlocking stories come together in a tense and intriguing finale. I raced through it!
  • Heather Critchlow
    Mysterious and beautifully-constructed with an electrifying pace and dark undercurrents, A Lesson in Cruelty is a white-knuckle, gripping read.
  • Caroline Hulse
    Compelling, sinister and powerful, A Lesson In Cruelty gripped me from the first page.
  • Gilly Macmillan
    Compulsive, dark and smart, A Lesson in Cruelty delivers on every level. Justice, revenge and punishment are meted out and questioned throughout this twisty, terrifying thriller with a heart.
  • Emma Curtis
    Superb writing, twisty intriguing plot. Wolfed it down.
  • Robert Rutherford
    A cunningly crafted masterpiece of a thriller. Tyce weaves a trio of threads together so effortlessly that when the explosive end hits, it hits like a freight train.
  • Lucy Clarke
    Dark, twisted and utterly nerve-jangling, A Lesson In Cruelty is a sharply structured thriller that left me breathless.
  • Lisa Jewell
    A Lesson in Cruelty is Harriet Tyce's darkest book yet. It's twisted and compelling and completely unpredictable. The shocks kept coming right up to the final pages.
  • Chris Whitaker
    A shocking, provocative, standout thriller. A Lesson In Cruelty is Harriet Tyce at her twisting, wicked, razor-sharp finest.
  • M. W. Craven
    Inventive, chilling and utterly compelling, A Lesson in Cruelty is in the very top tier of psychological thrillers and further cements Harriet Tyce's place amongst the great British crime writers.
  • Laura Marshall
    I absolutely loved it and devoured it whole in one day. So suspenseful and clever of course, but such great characterisation and real heart.
  • Niki Mackay
    Another brilliant psych thriller from Tyce, an absolute master of the slow reveal. A Lesson in Cruelty explores themes a culpability, imprisonment and innocence. Her characters are beautifully portrayed and the book is full of Tyce's tell-tale spiky women.
  • B.A. Paris
    Perfect plotting, utterly brilliant.
  • John Marrs
    An imaginatively told (and very bingeable) thriller.
  • Rachel Wolf
    The scale of this book! A finely drawn jigsaw of characters, stunning prose and a harsh critique of the crushing power wielded by a few. I gasped aloud at the finish - a denouement that will blow you away. A triumph.
  • Claire Douglas
    A Lesson In Cruelty is whip-smart, deliciously dark, utterly compelling with gut punching twists right up until the last page. A first class thriller. I loved it!
  • Janice Hallett
    A Lesson in Cruelty is a masterclass in the dark art of plotting. A propulsive read that crafts a scintillating and vivid story out of characters that gnaw and claw from the page. This is a great crime novel, and the chills last long after the final page is turned. Absolutely stunning.
  • Abigail Dean
    An edge-of-your-seat thriller and a brilliant, furious meditation on the modern prison system. Harriet Tyce's eye for people - their foibles, missteps, and cruelties - is sharp as a blade.
  • Araminta Hall
    A brave and affecting novel which is dark as night and not afraid to explore the depths of the human experience. The strands of the story come together in a satisfying and tragic fashion, that makes you think about how we punish people and why we always judge women so much more harshly than men.