The Red House

By Roz Watkins

’Cleverly crafted, twisty, gripping and suspenseful’ B. A. Paris

Only the killer holds the key. . .

A Sunday Times Book of the Summer


The Flowers were the perfect family. Until the day fifteen-year-old Joseph shot dead his parents and baby brother whilst his younger sister Eve hid. The family home became known as ‘The Red House’, the place where the walls were covered in blood.


No one knows why Joseph murdered his family: the following day he crashed his car and has been in a coma for two decades. Eve’s always known he did it; she saw the crime, after all.


Now an adult, Eve is forced to re-examine her memories when disturbing new evidence about the case comes to light. Rumour has it that Joseph created a hidden level in his game that night, which might hold the key.

But if Joseph didn’t do it, then the killer’s still out there – and they’re coming back for the girl who escaped. . .

’A masterclass in pace and intrigue. Tense, immersive, clever, surprising and unique’
Andrea Mara, author of No One Saw a Thing

‘I wanted to immediately start reading again to check the very clever clues… A clever and engaging mystery with a resolution that will completely blow you away’
Susi Holliday, author of The Hike

’You won’t know where you’re going until the last page. A genuinely delicious mystery’
Christina Dalcher, author of Vox


Readers are LOVING The Red House:

‘Definitely a contender for any year’s book of the year’

‘An emotional rollercoaster of a ride. . .I could not put it down’

‘Wow. Just wow’

‘Carefully crafted plot and well-drawn characters made this an intelligent thriller that had me hooked’

‘A brilliant thriller from the first page until the last’

Format: Paperback
Release Date: 15 Feb 2024
Pages: 416
ISBN: 978-0-00-842283-7
Roz Watkins is the author of the acclaimed DI Meg Dalton series. The first book in the series, The Devil’s Dice, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award and was The Times Crime Book of the Month. Roz was previously a patent attorney, but this has absolutely nothing to do with a dead one appearing in her first book! She lives in Cornwall with two demanding cats, and likes to walk by the sea, scouting out good murder locations. The Red House, a standalone thriller, is her fourth novel.

Praise for The Red House: -

‘I absolutely loved it. I wanted to immediately start reading again to check the very clever clues… The Red House is a clever and engaging mystery with a resolution that will completely blow you away’Susi Holliday, author of The Hike -

”'Roz is a beautiful suspense writer - her writing holds you still and keeps you turning pages. I love everything she writes” - Suzy K. Quinn, author of Not My Daughter

‘The Red House wowed me from the very first page! Beautifully written, with a perfect sense of pace. I thought I was good at spotting clues, but I was baffled by this wonderfully clever mystery. Loved it! Amanda Brittany, author of I’m Watching You -

”’I could not put it down… I absolutely raced through The Red House I was so desperate to find out the real story behind the murder of Eve’s family - a proper page turner with a brilliantly juicy twist” - Lisa Hall, author of The Woman in the Woods