Laura Marshall

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The Anniversary

book | Aug 2021

Some are dying to remember.
Some would kill to forget . . .

On 15th June 1994, Travis Green – husband, father, upstanding citizen – walked through the streets of Hartstead and killed eleven of his neighbours. The final victim was four-year-old Cassie Colman’s father.

As the twenty-five year anniversary approaches, Cassie would rather forget the past – even as her mother struggles to remember it at all. Then something hidden in her mother’s possessions suggests those eleven murders were not what everyone believes.

Once Cassie suspects she’s been lied to about the most important event of her life, she can’t stop digging up the past.

But someone will do anything to keep it buried . . .


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Uitgeverij Luitingh-Sijthoff

Queen of the irresistible premise, Laura Marshall returns with a book to keep you guessing and pull at your heartstrings.

Erin Kelly

The plot unfolds 25 years after a man called Travis Green murdered 11 people. One of the survivors, Cassie Colman, was only four when her father was shot dead and she has an uneasy feeling that she doesn't know the full story. Research from the US has shown that such events are not as random as they appear, a finding that Marshall embraces with gusto as she turns everything Cassie thinks she knows on its head, uncovering an even darker story.

The Times

I thought The Anniversary was twisty but rendered with real sensitivity, particularly in the way that Laura approaches the subjects of dementia and trauma. It is a twisting tale that stuns you, written with real heart. A wonderful read.

Rachel Edwards

The perfect compulsive summer read

Fiona Cummins

Clever, pacey and compelling. A cracking thriller that also examines the relationship between mothers and daughters with honesty and compassion.

Emma Curtis

The type of book that'll make the hairs on your arms stand up, as you delve further into the twists and turns.

Belfast Telegraph

Delivers suspense and tension at great pace [...] there is a deliciously shocking final twist. This is superior 'domestic noir'.

Crime Shots

A poignant and unsettling page turner.

The Sun

This book! A poignant exploration of family dynamics and a white-knuckle ride. Full of truth, it feels very real. You'll not put it down.

Rachael Blok

A storming return by one of my favourite thriller writers and could well be her best. Turning the whodunnit on its head to focus on the "why", Marshall crafts a chilling and emotionally complex read that focuses on the long-term effects of violence on individuals and communities. Sensitive, intelligent, and hugely entertaining.

Caz Frear

I'm a huge fan of Laura's writing. I kepy thinking 'Just one more page' and was genuinely unable to put it down. I thought it was expertly written and plotted. I loved the way the story unfolded, layer by layer. I couldn't wait to uncover the buried secrets and suspected everyone at some point. It's sure to be a huge hit with readers.

Karen Hamilton

A knockout hook, full of twists and turns. Expertly crafted and it kept me guessing right until the very end. Highly recommended.

Neil Lancaster

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