When 12-year-old Ciaran Devine confessed to murdering his foster father it sent shock waves through the nation.
DCI Serena Flanagan, then an ambitious Detective Sergeant, took Ciaran's confession after days spent earning his trust. He hasn’t forgotten the kindness she showed him – in fact, she hasn't left his thoughts in the seven years he’s been locked away.
Probation officer Paula Cunningham, now tasked with helping Ciaran re-enter society, suspects there was more to this case than the police uncovered. Ciaran’s confession saved his brother Thomas from a far lengthier sentence, and Cunningham can see the unnatural hold Thomas still has over his vulnerable younger brother.
When she brings her fears to DCI Flanagan, the years of lies begin to unravel, setting a deadly chain of events in motion.
"In the world of modern crime fiction, Stuart Neville is a supernova. I buy his books the day they’re released because I can’t wait to see where he takes me next. And I’m never disappointed." - Dennis Lehane
"Those We Left Behind is a great, brawling ache of a novel. Filled with both prickling suspense and fiercely wrought emotion, it’s a tale of the burdens of family and the weight of the past. And at its center, holding it all together, is DCI Serena Flanagan, the bruised and compassionate hero for whom we’ve all been waiting." - Megan Abbott
"Stuart Neville is a crime writer of rare power and grace, and he uses both to devastating effect in THOSE WE LEFT BEHIND. At once a gripping thriller and an unflinching examination of the damage wrought by those closest to us, its final beats reverberate long after you turn the final page." - Chris Holm
"Those We Left Behind combines a compelling, tragic and all too believable plot with a wonderfully drawn central character. Neville gets the female voice just right and has created a fascinating series character in DCI Serena Flanagan. Highly recommended." - Sinead Crowley
"I hadn't read him before, and was immediately hooked. I thought 'Those We Left Behind' was a disturbing and fiercely astute novel about the price you pay for love, a frighteningly real story powered by its psychological insight. DCI Serena Flanagan is a compelling blend of toughness and warmth." - Isabelle Grey
"[A] searing, deeply affecting psychological thriller. Neville demonstrates once again that he’s a literary force to be reckoned with." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Deeply chilling, but full of tenderness, this multi-stranded story is utterly compelling. The best book yet from a hugely talented writer." - Sunday Mirror
"Stuart Neville moves out of his admirable tough thriller mode to offer a quietly superb, sensitive plot in Those We Left Behind." - The Times
"If crime connoisseurs take only one book to the beach this summer they should make sure it is Those We Left Behind by Stuart Neville , in which the absolute master of Belfast Noir delivers a sustained crescendo of creeping menace." - Irish Independent
"A gripping tale." - Press Association
"Neville's track record is proven, with testimonials from the likes of Lee Child and Val McDermid. Those We Left Behind speaks of the heart-rending choices facing Flanagan and the Devines, and their tortured journeys as they seek a purpose to their lives, battling to keep their heads above water. To find out who sinks or swims, seek out a copy of this gripping tale." - Herald Scotland
"Neville’s best novel since his debut." - Irish Times
"Just read this book. And whilst it keeps you in fear and suspense – appreciate how beautifully it is written." - EuroCrime.co.uk
"Death stalks the pages of Those We Left Behind, and its shadow is dark and menacing. Neville is a compassionate and skilled writer, however, and as we reach the last page of the book, a tiny flickering flame of redemption burns in the night. As small as the flame is, it is a testament to how a writer can describe truly awful events and leave readers sadder, certainly – but also wiser." - CrimeFictionLover.com
"Don’t be left behind – read this book, enjoy and prepare for more books involving the flawed, chaotic, saddened and very interesting Serena Flanagan. It’s a corker!" - ShotsMag.co.uk