The White Lie
On a hot summer's afternoon, Ursula Salter runs sobbing from the loch on her parents' Scottish estate and confesses, distraught, that she has killed Michael, her 19-year-old nephew.
But what really happened? No body can be found, and Ursula's story is full of contradictions. In order to protect her, the Salters come up with another version of events, a decision that some of them will come to regret.
Years later, at a family gathering, a witness speaks up and the web of deceit begins to unravel. What is the white lie? Only one person knows the whole truth. Narrating from beyond the grave, Michael takes us to key moments in the past, looping back and back until - finally - we see what he sees.
'Gillies' beautifully crafted debut combines page-turning aplomb with psychological insight... She is a tantalising storyteller, dropping in clues, vertiginous surprises and unexpected revelations.' Marie Claire
'A really terrific read... Elegant, well written, genuinely gripping.' Joanne Harris
Andrea Gillies has had a diverse career, encompassing writing, publicity work, travel and reference book editing, and writing a drinks column for Scotland on Sunday newspaper. Her first book, Keeper, won the Orwell Prize and the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. This is her first novel.
'Gillies writes magnificently on everything she touches.' Sunday Times
'Absolutely searing... we have a major new talent in our midst.' Daily Express