The List of Suspicious Things

The List of Suspicious Things

Summary

***THE NUMBER 3 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER***

A BEST DEBUT OF 2024 BY BBC, RED, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

'I absolutely adore it!'
MARIAN KEYES

'Such a beautiful story about friendship, community and family and secrets and what’s going on underneath'
ZOE BALL

'Gripping and moving'
GUARDIAN


'To read it is to feel that little bit better about life'
ELIZABETH DAY

‘A touching paean to lost innocence and the comfort of friendships
THE TIMES


'A beautiful mystery with heart'
ROB RINDER

'This is a heart-warming book'
EMMA HEALEY

'A gorgeous, page-turning book'
I PAPER


Yorkshire, 1979

Maggie Thatcher is prime minister, drainpipe jeans are in, and Miv is convinced that her dad wants to move their family Down South.

Because of the murders.

Leaving Yorkshire and her best friend Sharon simply isn't an option, no matter the dangers lurking round their way; or the strangeness at home that started the day Miv's mum stopped talking.
Perhaps if she could solve the case of the disappearing women, they could stay after all?

So, Miv and Sharon decide to make a list: a list of all the suspicious people and things down their street. People they know. People they don't.

But their search for the truth reveals more secrets in their neighbourhood, within their families - and between each other - than they ever thought possible.

What if the real mystery Miv needs to solve is the one that lies much closer to home?

THE PERFECT DEBUT NOVEL TO DISCUSS IN BOOK CLUBS

***READER REVIEWS***

'Left a lump in my throat and a hole in my heart'
'A book I won't forget for a while'
'A beautiful and emotional debut that I know will stay with me for a long time'
'A superb look at childhood, at growing up, at starting to see the world around you'

Reviews

  • A touching paean to lost innocence and the comfort of friendships, its dark undertow leavened by stout Yorkshire humour
    The Times

About the author

Jennie Godfrey

Jennie Godfrey was raised in West Yorkshire and her debut novel, The List of Suspicious Things, is inspired by her childhood there in the 1970s. Jennie is from a mill-working family, but as the first of the generation born after the mills closed, she went to university and built a career in the corporate world. In 2020 she left and began to write. She is now a writer and part-time Waterstones bookseller and lives in the Somerset countryside.
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