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‘A dazzling, wonderful book’
‘The arrival of a literary supernova… Warning: if you begin in the morning, don’t expect to get anything done for the rest of the day’
NEW YORK TIMES
In a sprawling Indian city, three friends venture into the most dangerous corners to find their missing classmate . . .
But what begins as a game turns sinister as other children start disappearing from their neighbourhood. Jai, Pari, and Faiz have to confront terrified parents, an indifferent police force and rumours of soul-snatching djinns. As the disappearances edge ever closer to home, the lives of Jai and his friends will never be the same again.
Drawing on real incidents, here is an extraordinarily moving and flawlessly imagined triumph of suspense.
Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020
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A BBC Radio 2 Book Club with Jo Whiley pick
One of the Observer’s 10 best debut novelists of 2020
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel
Winner of the Tata Literature Live! First Book (Fiction) 2020
Winner of the Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Award
Shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature
Shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award
Shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize 2021
A New York Times Notable Book of 2020
One of Time magazine’s Must-Read Books
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