This is not a story about a girl who disappears. This is the story of a little girl who comes back.
As if from nowhere, she appears one day on a seaside promenade, with a black flower and a horrifying story about where she’s been. But telling that story will start a chain reaction of dangerous lies and deadly illusions that will claim many more victims in the years to come.
Neil Dawson has grown up wanting to be like his father – a writer. When his father commits suicide, he is devastated. But through his grief, Neil knows something isn’t right. Looking through his father’s papers, he finds a copy of an old novel, The Black Flower. Opening it will take Neil into an investigation full of danger, pain and subterfuge.
Hannah Price is also mourning her father. She followed his footsteps into the police force, and knows she has a big reputation to live up to. When she gets assigned to Neil’s father’s case, it will lead her on a journey into her own past and to the heart of a shattering secret.
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‘Steve Mosby is the most under rated mystery writer on both Continents.
Black Flowers is a black masterpiece.
This is the mystery of 2011.
Read it before they film it.
It’s that stunning’
‘Fiercely intelligent, beautifully written, exhilaratingly intricate and compulsively suspenseful – those are just some of its merits. More succinctly, I loved it.’
‘With an ending as chilling as anything Stephen King has written, it’s essential reading for crime fans.’
(NEWS OF THE WORLD (Scotland) )
‘Steve Mosby should be up there with the Mark Billinghams of the crime-horror genre… Mosby’s narrative ingenuity quickly establishes itself and this exacting, often terrifying, tale…soon exerts an irresistible grip.’
(Paul Connolly, METRO )
‘Tense and gripping, this is a fascinating exploration of the often uncomfortable – and in this case lethal – shape-shifting relationship between fiction and reality.’
[Steve Mosby’s] superb Black Flowers will surely be one of 2011’s most talked about crime novels. It combines a rare level of tension and readability with writing as fresh and precise as good poetry and a plot that’s as original as it is chilling.’
(MORNING STAR )
‘Black Flowers is a cleverly constructed hall of mirrors. The narratives twist and turn so much that it is easy to miss where it is stretching plausibility, but it is intriguing and reaches a pulsating, horrific climax.’
(SHOTS MAGAZINE )
‘A really spooky, dark and gripping read, just what we’ve come to expect from Mr Mosby, but I think he’s raised the bar with this one .’
(Keith Walters, BOOKSANDWRITERS.COM )