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Win copies of People of Abandoned Character and have the author join your reading group online

“He is my husband.
To honour and obey.
Until murder do us part.”

London, 1888: Susannah rushes into marriage to a young and wealthy surgeon. After a passionate honeymoon, she returns home with her new husband wrapped around her little finger. But then everything changes.

Thomas’s behaviour becomes increasingly volatile and violent. He stays out all night, returning home bloodied and full of secrets.

When the first woman is murdered in Whitechapel, Susannah’s interest is piqued. But as she follows the reports of the ongoing hunt for the killer, her mind takes her down the darkest path imaginable. Every time Thomas stays out late, another victim is found dead.

Is it coincidence? Or is her husband the man they call Jack the Ripper?

‘An astonishing book’ – M.W. Craven.

How to win a set of read and review copies and have the author join your reading group online

We are delighted to offer five reading groups read and review copies of People of Abandoned Character. To be in with a chance of winning simply complete part 1 of the survey below.

We are also offering one reading group the chance to have the author, Clare Whitfield, join their group for an online discussion one day between December 2020 and January 2021. If you would like to pitch your group, please complete both parts of the survey and return your reviews by 27 November. If you are just interested in the read and review offer you can leave part 2 blank.

Please complete one or both parts of the survey by Friday 2 October.


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