Critical Incidents

Lucie Whitehouse

A missing girl.

A murdered friend.

No one left to trust.

‘Seriously good suspense … trust me, you’ll need to know what happens’ Lee Child

‘Superb characterisation, humour and galloping plot’ Susie Steiner

‘This is that deeply satisfying thing, a strong, deft thriller with real depth’ Tana French

A Birmingham house fire. A young mother dead. The main suspect? Her husband – but he’s disappeared.

A young woman has also disappeared but the police don’t seem concerned. Desperate, her mother turns to a less official channel for help.

That less official channel? Former DCI Robin Lyons. Once a high-flyer in Homicide Command at the met, she’s been sacked for misconduct and forced home to Birmingham broke and disgraced.

She thinks she’s hit rock bottom, but she’s about to learn there’s much further to fall. Because the mother who died was Robin’s best friend – and she will risk everything to get to the truth.

Reviews of Critical Incidents

    • ‘I loved Critical Incidents. In fact I devoured it. It’s a brilliant combination of superb characterisation, humour and galloping plot: her best yet’ Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed
    • ‘I swallowed this riveting literary thriller whole; Lucie Whitehouse has the knack of making fictional crime seem uncannily close to home, and Critical Incidents is her best book yet’ Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said
    • ‘Whitehouse is a superb storyteller, whose sleight of hand and sly misdirections have you leaping to all the wrong conclusions from the outset’ Independent
    • ‘Whitehouse writes marvellously in an emotionally hypersensitive, lyrical, Maggie O’Farrell sort of way’ Daily Mail
    • ‘Whitehouse is a skilful, attentive writer’ Guardian