Award-winning author Morag Joss has penned a beautifully rendered,
meticulously crafted, and terrifyingly gripping novel of suspense—ideal
for the fans of Eowyn Ivey, Ruth Rendell, and Barbara Vine.
For thirty years, Howard and Deborah Morgan have poured all their
energy and modest savings into Stoneyridge, a smallholding deep in the
English moors. Howard putters with pottery, Deborah dabbles in weaving,
and both struggle to tend sheep and chickens and live off the land. But
what began with simple dreams of solitude and sunlit picnics in the
hills has given way to a harsher reality.
To help with
finances, they decide to turn Stoneyridge into a bed-and-breakfast. But a
sudden stroke leaves Howard incapacitated and Deborah overwhelmed.
Howard’s world, once so limitless, has shrunk to the confines of their
crumbling house; Deborah’s main joy now comes in the form of a brief
weekly email from their successful son, who lives abroad.
Then, late one evening, two men arrive needing a room for the night—and
set off a chain of events that uncovers the relics of old tragedies. New
wounds are cut deep, and betrayals and cruelties intermix with tenderness
and love. And through it all, Stoneyridge quietly hides the bitter and
Evocative, intimately claustrophobic, and psychologically complex, Our Picnics in the Sun
is a novel of stunning prose and knife-sharp insight. Morag Joss crafts
a modern masterpiece of rising tension that binds and releases like a
beating heart, propelling readers to a final page that resonates and
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