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A hard-hitting modern British psychological thriller – the compelling and unnerving story of how the demand for profit at a privately run high-security hospital leads to the ultimate breakdown in sanity – from the acclaimed author of Turmfalke and The Disappearance of Lyndsey Barratt.

British thriller writer John Wilson has won remarkable praise on both sides of the Atlantic. Now, once again, he displays his compelling combination of engaging storytelling skills, relentless tension and unnerving topical themes in his hard-hitting new psychological thriller.

When investigative journalist Ben Kirby and his wife Janice leave London for a new life in rural Wales, he is struggling to find a subject for his next book. So he is astonished when he realises that a ready-made story is awaiting him on the other side of the valley – Lindisholm Hospital.

Boasting the latest in high-tech equipment, Lindisholm is a privately run high-security hospital, regarded as a model for a new profit-making approach to treating mental illness. But when its policy of involving low-risk patients in the local community results in a series of increasingly bizarre incidents – including a fatal accident on his own farm – Ben begins to suspect that deep within the cloisters of this ultra-modern facility there are forces at work more disturbing than he could ever imagine.

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From the reviews of The Disappearance of Lyndsey Barratt:

‘Sex, violence and bloody, eye-for-eye vengeance in a fast-paced, contemporary thriller.’
Phillip Knightley, Mail on Sunday

‘Pungent humour and high-energy dialogue… Wilson keeps his narrative racing with fast pace, witty dialogue and some inventive plot twists, and the surprise ending comes off with plenty of crackle and snap.’
Publishers Weekly

‘A compelling concoction… Wilson has slipped in enough twists and turns to rattle a pack of hounds as he zips through the series of gruesome deaths to the final conclusion.’
Oxford Times

‘One hell of a thrilling whodunit, which sets the blood pounding while setting the alarm bells of conscience ringing loudly.’
Northern Echo

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When investigative journalist Ben Kirby and his wife Janice leave London for a new life in rural Wales, he is struggling to find a subject for his next book. So he is astonished when he realises that a ready-made story is awaiting him on the other side of the valley – Lindisholm Hospital.

Boasting the latest in high-tech equipment, Lindisholm is a privately run high-security hospital, regarded as a model for a new profit-making approach to treating mental illness. But when its policy of involving low-risk patients in the local community results in a series of increasingly bizarre incidents – including a fatal accident on his own farm – Ben realises that all is not as it seems.

Determined to find out more from the inside, he takes up an offer to teach a creative writing course at the hospital. The vivid stories the patients write for him are full of dark rituals and nightmare images of alarming intensity. But Ben begins to suspect that deep within the cloisters of this ultra-modern facility there are forces at work more disturbing than any fiction.

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