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The Primrose Path

UK Publisher: Sphere

She will try it out.  This place that has taken her the best part of a day to travel to.  See how things lie in the spring.  It is the only way to tackle her past, the root of her trouble.  At least this is the theory…

Sarah D’Villez had famously escaped from a man who abducted her and kept her for eleven days. Her subsequent marriage went on to fall apart and her ability to create a life for herself in London falters. With the impending release of her kidnapper, and fearful of fresh media attention, Sarah impulsively moves to rural Wales and changes her identity. Back in the Welsh landscape of her childhood, Sarah begins to thrive and she tentatively makes new connections with the community around her.

Sarah’s immediate neighbours in Wales couldn’t be more different; Idris Tudor is a lonely and grotesque man who struggles to find companionship and Dai Jones is a kindly man mourning the death of his wife, which brings back memories of the first girl he ever loved – who disappeared at a fairground when they were sixteen.

Sarah’s mother, Jennifer D’Villez, lives a privileged life in Muswell Hill but her sole focus is finding her vanished daughter. There’s something she needs to tell her…

With the stunning  back drop of the landscape of rural Wales, poetically and vividly depicted, and told with multiple points of view, Rebecca Griffiths cleverly builds up a story that weaves together unexpected strands. Deftly revealing surprising and powerful connections, the reader will realise that things are not always what they seem… THE PRIMROSE PATH is an intelligent and original debut from an exciting new voice.


‘Superbly evokes both the brooding beauty of the countryside and the menace that can lurk behind its hedges… twisty, atmospheric and elegantly written, it has echoes of Daphne du Maurier.’  Daily Mail

‘This is a chilling thriller and I thought I had the plot all sewn up two thirds of the way in. But it’s exactly what Griffiths had wanted me to think – and I was wrong. A brilliantly written book.’ 4 Stars. The Sun

‘Creepy.’ 4 stars. Heat magazine.

‘Gripping.’ Hello!

A lusciously atmospheric rural mystery with a delicious backflip of an ending. There were moments that literally gave me shivers” – Alex Marwood

‘I loved the contrasting settings, the vivid depictions of the Welsh community and landscape, the backdrop of isolation and fear that permeates every page, and the gnawing sense of uncertainty Rebecca succeeds in making you feel about just about everything and everybody you encounter in the book.  Beautifully written, it’s a truly chilling and impressive debut.’ – Gilly MacMillan

‘A tense, brooding thriller which lays bare the dark currents of rural life; its secrets, lies and the sheer brutality which festers beneath the surface of seemingly idyllic village communities. With its sharp-eyed characterisation, expert plotting, and evocative prose, The Primrose Path marks Rebecca Griffiths as a future star of the domestic noir genre.’ – Eva Dolan

‘[A] twisty delight of a tale, brilliantly constructed, highly addictive and with some great characters and a winding beautifully written plot that is really engaging . . . an intelligent character driven story that is genuinely fun to read. Highly Recommended’ – Liz Loves Books

‘The best book so far of 2016.’ CrimeSquad

‘A twisty slice of Welsh Gothic with rich evocative prose. I loved The Primrose Path’ Mark Hill, author of The Two O’Clock Boy

‘If this is anything to go by Rebecca Griffiths is on her way to being a bestselling author. Disturbing, mysterious and quite unpredictable and reminds me of why crime is one of my favourite genres. A pleasure to read.’ Bibliophoenix, 5 stars

‘[Griffiths’] intimate knowledge of the area shines through, creating the authentic feel of a claustrophobic, tight-knit little community where everyone knows everyone else’s business and is proud of it. I could only marvel at the number of twists she crammed into one book . . . You’ll certainly feel like you’ve been through the wringer by the end of this chilling slice of domestic noir.’ Crimefictionlover

‘This is a truly twisty tantalising, psychological thriller in which the author has planted so many red herrings, I finished reading it with the aroma of kippers still in my nostrils! . . .’ BeadyJansBooks