Kate McQuaile

Kate McQuaile

Kate McQuaile’s debut novel, What She Never Told Me, was published by Quercus in March 2016. Her second novel, Without A Word, was released in October 2017. Broken Flowers was published, also by Quercus, in April 2020. Born in Drogheda on Ireland’s east coast, the setting for much of What She Never Told Me, Kate lives in London, where she worked as a journalist for many years. She has received several international journalism awards for her energy coverage. Without A Word reviews: 'This exquisite second novel begins with a disappearance ... The story of what really happened finally emerges from the darkness, demonstrating just how fine a storyteller McQuaile has become.' — Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail 'Two old friends are catching up on Skype until one nips out to answer the door ... and never comes back. That's the chilling start of Without A Word, the twisty new novel from Kate McQuaile.' — Good Housekeeping 'Ten years after Lillian disappeared, her friend Orla has moved back to Ireland. The detective who led the unsolved case tells her he wants to reinvestigate. Delving into the past means finding out things about both of the friends' lives in this fast-paced read.' — Prima 'Cleverly crafted story - full of believable characters and smart twists. Dark, addictive and gripping.' — Sunday Mirror Praise for What She Never Told Me: ‘An impulsive act has extraordinary consequences in this accomplished novel, which manages to be disturbing and compassionate at the same time’ — Joan Smith, Sunday Times ‘Elegant, clever and totally convincing.’ — Sunday Mirror ‘Explores the bonds within families, but also the fragility of memory and the scope within its realm for manipulation. What She Never Told Me is narrated in crisp, spare prose and the result is a heartfelt novel, rich in emotional depth.’ — Claire Coughlan, Sunday Independent ‘A beautifully written page-turner enhanced by the backdrop of music and psychiatry.’ —Sue Leonard, Books Ireland ‘A compelling and compassionate debut novel’ — Candis ‘McQuaile displays great empathy for her characters in this tale of an Ireland where the past can never be left behind.’ — Sinéad Crowley, author of Can Anybody Help Me? ‘Pulls you in from the first page in its exploration of love and identity, and the complicated bonds that tie families together.’ — Karen Perry, bestselling author of The Boy That Never Was
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