The Facts of Life and Death

The Facts of Life and Death

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Snap



'Belinda Bauer is one of the best British crime writers out there right now' Simon Kernick

Every killer has to start somewhere . . .

On the beaches and cliffs of North Devon, young women have become victims in a terrifying game where only one player knows the rules. And when those rules change, the new game is Murder.

But a madman on the loose feels very far from the crumbling, seaside home of ten-year-old Ruby Trick. Instead she lives in constant fear of school bullies, the dark forest, and the threat of her parents' divorce.

Helping her father to catch the killer seems like the only way to keep him close.

As long as the killer doesn't catch her first.


'Bauer's great gift is her ability to surprise the reader . . . She makes you think a bit differently about the world' Daily Telegraph

Readers are gripped by The Facts of Life and Death:

'If it was possible to give ten stars I would. I absolutely loved this book' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'One of my favourite crime novels of all time' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Absorbing from start to finish, a cracking read!' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


  • Bauer at her best . . . the true heir to the great Ruth Rendell
    Mail on Sunday

About the author

Belinda Bauer

Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa and now lives in Wales. She worked as a journalist and a screenwriter before finally writing a book to appease her nagging mother.

For her debut, Blacklands, Belinda was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year. She went on to win the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work. Her fourth novel, Rubbernecker, was voted Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Her eighth novel, Snap, was a Sunday Times bestseller. It was longlisted for the Man Booker prize and voted Crime & Thriller Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards.

Her books have been translated into twenty-five languages.
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