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When 12-year-old Ciaran Devine confessed to murdering his foster father it sent shock waves through the nation.
DCI Serena Flanagan, then an ambitious Detective Sergeant, took Ciaran's confession after days spent earning his trust. He hasn’t forgotten the kindness she showed him – in fact, she hasn't left his thoughts in the seven years he’s been locked away.
Probation officer Paula Cunningham, now tasked with helping Ciaran re-enter society, suspects there was more to this case than the police uncovered. Ciaran’s confession saved his brother Thomas from a far lengthier sentence, and Cunningham can see the unnatural hold Thomas still has over his vulnerable younger brother.
When she brings her fears to DCI Flanagan, the years of lies begin to unravel, setting a deadly chain of events in motion.
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In the world of modern crime fiction, Stuart Neville is a supernova. I buy his books the day they’re released because I can’t wait to see where he takes me next. And I’m never disappointed - Dennis Lehane
Full of tenderness…utterly compelling… The best book yet from a hugely talented writer - Sunday Mirror
Strong characters and a compelling plot make this a must read - Irish Times
Those We Left Behind is a great, brawling ache of a novel. Filled with both prickling suspense and fiercely wrought emotion, it’s a tale of the burdens of family and the weight of the past. And at its center, holding it all together, is DCI Serena Flanagan, the bruised and compassionate hero for whom we’ve all been waiting - Megan Abbott
A quietly superb, sensitive plot - The Times
A frighteningly real story powered by its psychological insight. DCI Serena Flanagan is a compelling blend of toughness and warmth - Isabelle Grey, author of The Bad Mother
Those We Left Behind combines a compelling, tragic and all too believable plot with a wonderfully drawn central character. Neville gets the female voice just right and has created a fascinating series character in DCI Serena Flanagan. Highly recommended - Sinead Crowley, author of Can Anybody Help Me?
The author is a craftsman who has woven a story with strong believable characters into this backdrop and delivered a powerful, poignant book which has expanded my reading range and I thank him for this - Mature Times
If crime connoisseurs take only one book to the beach this summer they should make sure it is Those We Left Behind - Irish Independent
A gripping tale - UK Press Syndication
It’s a novel that leaves an impression and one that we would highly recommend… Those We Left Behind is dark and at times quite brutal but it is a book that you won’t be able to put down - Her
Disturbing Belfast-set thriller - Sun
Once again, Neville ratches up the tension to an almost unbearable level, while managing to draw his characters with compassion and humanity - Belfast Telegraph Morning
Fascinating and disturbing read - Hot Press
Gimson reminds us that our royal history, especially that of our more foreign rulers, is interesting - The Times
Stuart Neville’s first novel, The Twelve, was one of the most critically acclaimed crime debuts of recent years, winning theLos Angeles Times Book Prize for best thriller. Collusion, Stolen Souls, Ratlines (shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger) and The Final Silence have garnered widespread praise, confirming his position as one of the most exciting crime authors writing today.