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Jul 18, 2023

‘spectacular’ Strange Sally Diamond is published in the US and Canada today by Gallery/Scout Press (Simon & Schuster)

Liz Nugent’s

The internationally bestselling author returns with a wickedly dark, twisted, and brilliantly observed new novel about an enigmatic woman confronting her unknown past.

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Reclusive Sally Diamond causes outrage by trying to incinerate her dead father. Now she’s the center of attention, not only from the hungry media and police detectives, but also a sinister voice from a past she does not remember. As she begins to discover the horrors of her early childhood, Sally steps into the world for the first time, making new friends, big decisions, and learning that people don’t always mean what they say.

But who is the man observing Sally from the other side of the world, and why does he call her Mary? And why does her new neighbor seem to be obsessed with her? Sally’s trust issues are about to be severely challenged in this “inventive, addictive, and bold” thriller.

Praise for Strange Sally Diamond:

"The best book I've read this year. A truly incredible reading experience."
Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone and Watching You

"Shocking, disturbing and utterly original, Strange Sally Diamond will grip you from first page to last."
Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

“A brilliant book! Liz Nugent has outdone herself with this one.”
Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

“A terrific read.”
Anthony Horowitz, New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders

“Twisted and twisty, dark and gripping, no one is going to forget Sally Diamond in a hurry!"
Graham Norton, New York Times bestselling author of Holding

“Liz Nugent dares to go where many won’t. This is wickedly dark territory. And yet amidst the darkness, she allows a light to glimmer—that of a diamond. Sally Diamond, to be precise.”
Sarah Winman, internationally bestselling author of Still Life

“Nugent fashions an unforgettable protagonist in Sally, and never loses sight of her characters’ fundamental humanity, even as she piles on twists and steers the narrative into exceptional darkness. Inventive, addictive, and bold, this deserves a wide audience.”

Publishers Weekly

“Nugent writes relatable, imperfect characters… This well-written, engaging novel isn’t for the light of heart, but it will find a home with readers who thrive on intricate plotlines and character development.”

"Sally is an appealing character—strange, yes, but also engagingly literal. Nugent hits exactly the right tone of empathy and optimism."

"This is exquisite storytelling, harnessing a full palette of emotions. Darkness and humour, hope and despair. Sublime."
Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine

“Nugent weaves a master tale of depravity, trauma, and mental health.”
Library Journal

“[A] riveting mystery, with puzzles piling up... Nugent's spectacular novel gives us both despair and hope.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Tense and suspenseful and often creepy, Liz Nugent has delivered a haunting and poignant tale, one that won’t be easy to forget any time soon."
Mystery & Suspense

"There’s the usual trademark Liz Nugent disturbing content, but with a heart-felt dose of humanity to balance things out."
Crime Reads Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of Summer 2023

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