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The Surrogate


Hester wants a baby. Yours . . .

A sickening killer is on the loose. A killer like no other. This murderer targets heavily pregnant women, drugging them and brutally removing their unborn babies.

When DI Phil Brennan is called to the latest murder scene, he knows he has entered the world of the most depraved killer he had ever encountered. After a loveless, abusive childhood, Phil knows evil well. But nothing has prepared him for this.

And when criminal profiler Marina Esposito is brought in to help solve the case, she delivers a bombshell: she believes there is a woman involved in the killing, a woman desperate for children...

A shocking, gripping debut novel, The Surrogate is the perfect read for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter.

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Sphere (UK), paperback, September 2009, ISBN: 9780751542288
Pegasus Books (US), hardcover, September 2011, ISBN: 9781605982564


The Surrogate


Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2010

"In Carver's impressive debut, an intense British police procedural, Colchester Det. Insp. Philip Brennan and his team investigate the gruesome murders of pregnant women whose unborn children are cut from their bodies. (...) Carver never crosses the line into gratuitous violence, while myriad clues and surprising twists keep the reader off-kilter. Fans of Mo Hayder, Chelsea Cain and Karin Slaughter will find much to like."
   —Publishers Weekly

"Carver's expert timing is aided by her prose, deceptively laconic but with a constant forward push. (...) Plot devices are spun until they scream, and even the Perils of Pauline ending works enough startling changes to keep you up past lights-out."
   —Booklist (starred review)

"It's very compelling, frightening stuff, not for the squeamish."
   —Sarah Broadhurst, Lovereading.co.uk

"Tania Carver delivers a dark, sexy thriller in her relentlessly suspenseful debut THE SURROGATE. If you haven't discovered this talented newcomer yet, hurry. She's on her way to the top."
   —Richard Montanari

"Shocking, gruesome and compelling...this book is so powerful you just won't want it to end."
   —Lisa Monroe, Peterborough Evening Telegraph

"Disturbing yet engaging"
   —Emily Dubberley, Scarlet

"A crackling read that promises to keep you up all night."
   —Natasha Harding, Sun

"A creepy psychological chiller... this often gripping detective story also contains some genuinely shocking moments"

"You'll need a very strong stomach for this debut."
   —Daily Mirror

"With a plot line that ensnares from the off, and a comprehensive cast of characters, Carver's debut novel sets the crime thriller bar high. A hard act to follow."
   —Irish Examiner