‘Sophie Hannah is genuinely Christie’s heir. Her crime novels have a deep vein of surrealism; not just in the ingenious plotting but in the seething menace lying behind the everyday.’ Scotsman 

‘Hugely entertaining, full of uncomfortable truths’ London Evening Standard

‘As an ever-growing legion of crime writers fights for the attention of readers, it’s comforting to settle down in the company of someone utterly reliable. Sophie Hannah rarely puts a foot wrong in her complex psychological thrillers, and this latest book bristles with the acutely observed characterisation that is the hallmark of her work.’ Financial Times

‘Hannah’s mastery of plot and character are simply peerless.’ heat 

‘Hannah’s powers of outrageous cunning at full blast.’ Sunday Express

‘‘The solution to the crimes is one of her most ingenious and also adroitly contributes to a current debate; though to say which would be to spoil the fine Agatha Christie-style denouement.’  Sunday Times

‘A superb read’ The Herald, Scotland

‘A typically twisty psychological thriller from Hannah…Arguably its most intriguing aspect is [her] compassionate approach to the damaged mind behind the murders, a killer who is “almost a regular, flawed human being like the rest of us, albeit one who took a senseless obsession too far.” Irish Times


Goodreads Reader reviews:

‘First of all I really need to just point out how in awe I am of the devilishly devious, twistedly brilliant force of Sophie Hannah’s plotting. Like no other…  I have to say the “Whydunnit” in this is genuis and is quite simply my favourite whydunnit in the history of all whydunnits.’ Liz Barnsley

‘The book reaffirms why the wonderful Ms Hannah is one of my favourite authors. Devilishly clever plot, keeping you guessing all the way.’ Jay Dwight

‘I loved THE NARROW BED. Sophie Hannah has written another twisted, well plotted novel. It was hard to put down.’ Kim Bamber



A killer, named ‘Billy Dead Mates’ by the police and the media, is murdering pairs of best friends, one by one.

Before they die, each victim is given a small white book. For months, detectives have failed to catch Billy, or work out what the white books mean. And then a woman, scared by what she’s seen on the news, comes forward.

Stand-up comedian Kim Tribbeck has one of Billy’s peculiar little books. A stranger gave it to her at a gig she did a year ago. Was he Billy, and does he want to kill her? Kim has no friends and trusts no one. How – and why – could she possibly be Billy Dead Mates’ next target?


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