THE SHADOW BIRD by Ann Gosslin
Three months into her new role as a psychiatrist at a clinic in New York, Erin Cartwright is asked to evaluate the case of a man who murdered his mother and sisters at the age of seventeen.
Found not guilty by reason of insanity and held in a maximum-security psychiatric facility for twenty-seven years, Timothy Stern is now eligible for release. Upon learning the crime occurred in the same village she once visited as a child, Erin is on the verge of refusing to take the case, when a startling discovery triggers memories she’d rather keep hidden, and a suspicion the wrong man is behind bars.
'A gripping book full of twists and turns' Alice Clark-Platts
'An unsettling and beautifully written psychological crime thriller, infused with a sense of menace from the first line. The mystery kept me guessing throughout and didn't disappoint. I was engrossed!' Allie Reynolds
'I loved The Shadow Bird – it’s such a compulsive read and kept me turning the pages into the early hours. Ann writes with real elegance and evokes such a strong sense of place – especially of Maine in both the present day and the flashbacks. The characters were brilliantly well-drawn and I loved Erin’s dogged determination in seeking out answers about her own past and Tim’s - it has so much to say about the reliability of our memories and how much we can trust our own minds. The plot was gripping and kept me guessing until the very end with a brilliantly clever twist that I really didn’t see coming!' Sarah Pearse
'A little gem… a really accomplished debut novel which kept me intrigued throughout. I'll be following this new name with interest' GJ Minett
ISBN (Paperback): 9781789551150
ISBN (Ebook): 9781789551167
Published: 15th July 2020
Price: £8.99 (Paperback) £4.99 (Ebook)
Extent: 272 pages
Rights Held: World English excl US
Translation rights: No
Ann Gosslin was born and raised in New England in the US, and moved overseas after leaving University. Having held several full-time roles in the pharmaceutical industry, with stints as a teacher and translator in Europe, Asia, and Africa, she currently works as a freelancer and lives in Switzerland.
The Shadow Bird is Ann’s debut novel. Her second novel, The Double, will be published by Legend Press in 2021.