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The Brief Lives of Ella Jenner

Behind every lie is a kernel of truth, and behind every false self is the real Ella trying to tell her own, true story. The latest novel by Penelope Evans

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The Last Girl

This is a remarkable first novel with qualities seldom found today: a strong story, characters that are alive from the first page, and brilliant authorial control over the narrative.’- Ruth Rendell‘A very powerful study of an obsession… this is a remarkable first novel.’ – Penelope Fitzgerald

‘The escalating atmosphere of menace is brilliantly sustained… As near perfect as a psychological thriller can get.’ – The Daily Mail

‘Graham Greene would have admired this book.’ – Jane Gardam, Spectator Books of the year

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‘A wonderfully controlled , bloodcurdling voyage into the heart of darkness.’-  Deborah Moggach

‘A minor masterpiece.’The Times

For its gripping atmosphere and a truly original protagagonist, Evans’s book is a winner.’ – Publisher’s Weekly

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First Fruits

‘A clever and disquieting book which leaves a vivid impression after the final pages’Daily Telegraph

‘Working her subtle skills, Evans takes us deep into the psyche of someone who isn’t all she seems.’ – The New York Times

‘This darkly seductive follow up to FREEZING… intrigues and mystifies throughout.’ –Publisher’s Weekly

This intelligent work both challenges and frightens.’ – Publisher’s Weekly

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A Fatal Reunion

‘A psychological exploration of obsession and the futility of trying to recapture who we once were. Compulsive reading.’ – Mystery Women

‘Sad and sexy, and a real page turner.’ – Heat Magazine

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My Perfect Silence

‘A tense tale of an obsessive, warped sibling relationship.’The Bookseller

‘Without question, Evans is a writer of great skill and power.’ – North Wales Living

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Saving Grace

Penelope Evans introduces Saving Grace

“Very disturbing“ – Good Reads

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“This novel is described by the Times as a ‘minor masterpiece’, but I think that the ‘minor’ does not do this book, or its author justice“- Fiction Lover

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