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The Only Suspect

A 'twisting, seductive, ingenious' thriller from the bestselling author of The Other Passenger

About The Book


Wrong time. Wrong place. Wrong man.
Alex lives a comfortable life with his wife Beth in the leafy suburb of Silver Vale. Fine, so he’s not the most sociable guy on the street, he prefers to keep himself to himself, but he’s a good husband and an easy-going neighbour.
That’s until Beth announces the creation of a nature trail on a local site that’s been disused for decades and suddenly Alex is a changed man. Now he’s always watching. Questioning. Struggling to hide his dread . . .
As the landscapers get to work, a secret threatens to surface from years ago, back in Alex’s twenties when he got entangled with a seductive young woman called Marina, who threw both their lives into turmoil.
And who sparked a police hunt for a murder suspect that was never quite what it seemed. It still isn’t.
No one else could have done it. Could they?
‘The best Louise Candlish novel yet’
Lisa Jewell
'I'm blown away by how good it is. A gripping tale of love, secrets and deception - it's the best psychological thriller I've read in a long time.'
Mark Edwards

About The Author

Johnny Ring

Louise Candlish is the Sunday Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Our House, a #1 bestseller, won the Crime & Thriller Book of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards, was longlisted for the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award. It is soon to be a major ITV drama made by Death in Paradise producers Red Planet Pictures. Louise lives in London with her husband and daughter. Visit her at or connect with her on Twitter @Louise_Candlish.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (February 2, 2023)
  • Length: 432 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398509726

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Raves and Reviews

'A compelling, nerve-tingling treat'

– Nicci French

A twisting, seductive, ingenious thriller from the consistently brilliant Louise Candlish. I'm a huge fan

– Chris Whitaker

Incredibly tense. Louise Candlish is one of my favourite writers and this is her best book yet

– Clare Mackintosh

Completely addictive and devilishly clever - the queen of the killer twist strikes again!

– T. M. Logan

Such a vivid sense of place, a gripping plot, elegantly told, and a twist that left me reeling - brilliant! 

– Sarah Pearse

Psychological suspense has a new adjective - pure Candlish 

– Cara Hunter

I'm blown away by how good it is. A gripping tale of love, secrets and deception - it's the best psychological thriller I've read in a long time

– Mark Edwards

I loved The Only Suspect: a heady dose of mid Nineties nostalgia, with trademark whiplash twists and satire. Louise Candlish has surpassed her own, always high standards. Quite possibly her best yet

– Sarah Vaughan

The Only Suspect is a suspenseful, thrilling and breath-taking mystery about the dark secrets that live in the past, and the paralysing fear that they'll be uncovered. If you thought you misbehaved in the nineties you've got nothing on the devious, duplicitous cast of this book. Gripping, unpredictable and tense, it'll keep you guessing all the way through

– C. L. Taylor

I was completely pulled in by the story and the layers of clever plotting; the twists and turns - though well set up, took me completely by surprise and I found myself staying up late to finish it, utterly absorbed by the excellent story telling

– Jane Shemilt

The Only Suspect kept me guessing all the way through. It’s the book version of a Rubik's Cube with so many unexpected twists and turns. An adrenaline burner for sure!

– Liz Nugent

As good as I hoped it would be. Messy relationships, deception and some big surprises. Loved it! 

– Jane Fallon

WOW. As always Louise Candlish has written a taut, unsettling, compulsive and ingenious novel with gasp-out-loud twists and fatally flawed characters forced into tragedy by circumstances. I LOVED it! 

– Isabelle Broom

I was sucked in from the beginning, hooked and hoodwinked. A masterclass in psychological thriller writing 

– Diane Jeffrey

I couldn't put it down! Fantastic characters, a trip down memory lane into '90s London and I honestly didn't see that ending coming AT ALL. Deliciously dark and devastating 

– Nikki Smith

Tense, taut and twisty. Candlish is a master of her craft

– Adele Parks

A nerve-shredding plot that kept me guessing to the finish. Another triumph!

– Fiona Barton

I absolutely adored The Only Suspect. Tightly plotted and brilliantly written with twists so perfect they made me gasp out loud on more than one occasion. The story was so tense I couldn’t stop turning the pages, desperate to know the outcome. My favourite Louise Candlish book so far. Highly recommended

– Claire Douglas

An incredible page-turner…An absolute must-read. Get this on your 2023 wish list

– BA Paris

The Only Suspect is a heady pleasure from the very first page. It's both a page-tearing mystery and a pitch-perfect 90s period piece. Shimmers with mystery, tension, and dirty glamour

– Abigail Dean

This book should come with a warning: you won't speak to anyone until the last page

– Celia Walden

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