***THE TIMES CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR***
My name is Alice. I’m a police officer.
I’m trying to solve a murder on a psychiatric ward.
But I’m also a patient…
They were meant to be safe on Fleet Ward: psychiatric patients monitored, treated, cared for. But now one of their number is found murdered, and the accusations begin to fly.
Was it one of his fellow patients? A member of staff? Or did someone come in from the outside?
DC Alice Armitage is methodical, tireless, and she’s quickly on the trail of the killer.
The only problem is, Alice is a patient too.
‘Fast-paced and twisting’
‘At the very least it should reach the shortlist of this year’s Booker prize’
‘A deeply compelling read’
‘The most cunning, complex, claustrophobic mystery’
‘Immense skill and heart’
‘Brilliant, suspenseful, poignant, heartbreaking, surprisingly funny’
‘One of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today’
‘A world-class crime writer’
‘Mark Billingham is a master of psychology’
‘Billingham is always a must read’