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The Choice

The top-ten Amazon bestseller

By Samantha King

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The Choice is a high-concept, hypnotic suspense debut from a remarkable new talent and explores every parent's worst nightmare: What if you had to choose between your children?

***THE TOP-TEN EBOOK BESTSELLER***

'Beautifully written, taunt, tense and very clever. Definitely one to watch out for in 2017' Claire Douglas, Sunday Times bestselling author of Last Seen Alive.

For fans of The Couple Next Door, I See You and He Said/She Said, The Choice is a hypnotic suspense debut from a remarkable new talent and explores the terrifying Sophie's Choice scenario: What if you had to choose between your children?

Then:

Madeleine lived for her children. She'd always believed she'd die for them too. But on the morning of her twins' tenth birthday her love was put to the test when a killer knocked on their door and forced her to make a devastating choice: which child should live, and which should die - her son, or her daughter?

Now:

Madeleine stands silent on the periphery of her fractured family, trying desperately to unravel why her world was so suddenly blown apart. But as memories of everything leading up to that tragic day return in agonising flashes, she begins to realise her family's life still hangs terrifyingly in the balance...

'Astonishing' Karen Dionne

'Nail-biting' Saskia Sarginson

'Brilliant' Lisa Hall

'Mind-twisting' Alex Caan

'Exceptional' Claire Allan

'Enthralling' Liz Loves Books

'Devastating' Eleanor Moran

'Addictive' Netgalley reviewer

Biographical Notes

Samantha King is a former editor and also a qualified psychotherapist. After her childhood in the south-west of England, teenage years spent in the north-east and student days somewhere in between, she finally settled in west London where she enjoyed a career publishing other people's books, before going freelance and surrendering to a long-time urge to write her own. She lives with her husband and two young children, who inspired her to write THE CHOICE, her debut novel.

An English graduate and lifelong bookworm, Samantha is always fascinated to hear readers' opinions. You can share yours with her at:

Facebook: @SamanthaKingBooks
Twitter: @SamKingBooks

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  • ISBN: 9780349414683
  • Publication date: 10 Aug 2017
  • Page count: 400
  • Imprint: Piatkus
Wow, what a debut! A beautifully written, chilling psychological thriller. Taunt, tense and very clever with twists I didn't see coming. I absolutely loved it. An original, clever story...definitely one to watch out for in 2017! — Claire Douglas, Sunday Times bestselling author
I raced through [The Choice] ... first-class writing! A definite contender for a top 2017 read. It is BRILLIANT! Refreshingly different, and actually quite disturbing. I loved it! — Number One bestselling author Lisa Hall
A mother's worst nightmare unravels on each page. Gripping debut. I predict big things for it. Loved it and read it in one sitting — Carmel Harrington, Irish Times bestselling author
A completely gripping psychological suspense that had me glued to the pages and rushing through to the end. It's a bum-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of read that you can't put down until it's done — Bestselling author Jenny Oliver
One of the best I have read. A definite amazing piece of work up there with Clare Macintosh, Shari Lapena, BA Parris and Paula Hawkins — Goodreads reviewer
Samantha's writing draws you in right from the first page, with a mystery at its heart that packs a devastating emotional punch — Bestselling author Eleanor Moran
An astonishing read! Emotionally raw and unexpected, Samantha King's beautifully crafted The Choice is an utterly unputdownable debut that heralds the entry of a major new talent. Read it, and years from now, you can claim you were a Samantha King fan from the beginning! — Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter
I highly recommend this book - it is an exceptional debut. A first class, gripping triumph of a book — Claire Allan, Irish Times bestselling author
Brilliantly compelling, gripping and enthralling. A beautifully twisted tale with a satisfying and heart-stopping conclusion. Totally addictive — Liz Loves Books
Oh how I loved this book. I was completely addicted. Five stars, easy — Netgalley review
Utterly brilliant, what a roller coaster of a read, ingenious storyline, I could not put it down — Netgalley review
Five stars! Hands down one of this years top reads. Superbly well written and a page turner right from the word go — Netgalley review
Tense, gripping, emotional, shocking, mind twisting. An absolutely brilliant thriller. Loved it! 5 stars! — Bestselling author Alex Caan
Should find a place on your reading list — Sun
Full of twists and turns as [King] shines the spotlight on family life — People's Friend

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Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman - who worked for many years as a theoretical physicist - is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller Einstein's Dreams, as well as The Diagnosis, a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the author of a memoir, three collections of essays, and several books on science. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Nature, among other publications. He has taught at Harvard and at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities. He lives in the Boston area.

Alexis Wright

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Charlotte Nash

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Chris Brookmyre

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Christine Mangan

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Elizabeth Hoyt

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Elizabeth Mundy

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Hania Allen

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