‘I am not my husband. I am innocent. Do you believe me?’
The beautiful, enigmatic wife of a feared dictator stands trial for her late husband’s crimes against the people. The world will finally know the truth. But whose? A BBC2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick.
‘A gripping, intelligent, utterly-of-the-moment thriller’ EMMA STONEX, bestselling author of The Lamplighters
‘A remarkable new talent’ ANTHONY HOROWITZ, bestselling author of A Line to Kill
‘Compelling, atmospheric… It’s BRILLIANT’ MARIAN KEYES, bestselling author of Again, Rachel
‘A gripping and moving debut’ HARLAN COBEN, bestselling author of Stay Close__________
I learned early in life how to survive. A skill that became vital in my position.
I was given no power, yet I was expected to hold my own with the most powerful man in the country.
MOTHER OF THE NATION
My people were my children. I stood between him and them. I am not the person they say I am.
I am not my husband. I am innocent. Do you believe me?
Visceral and thought provoking, haunting and heartbreaking, The Dictator’s Wife will hold you in its grip until its powerful conclusion, and keep you turning the pages long into the night.
‘Richly imagined. Marija is a magnificently awful creation’ THE TIMES
‘You won’t find many better literary debuts than this’ NEW EUROPEAN
‘Demands to be devoured in one sitting. Sumptuously written… One of the most compelling literary debuts of the year’ GLAMOUR
‘Darkly compelling’ STYLIST
‘This book is magnificent’ CHARLOTTE PHILBY
‘One of the most original debuts I have read’ DAISY GOODWIN
‘A darkly atmospheric, rich, compulsive and page-turning read’ KATE HAMER
‘An unconventional legal thriller and absorbing debut that is as satisfyingly complex in both its plotting and moral conclusions’ EXPRESS
‘A captivating story of women’s power, love and secrets. As timely and profound as it is unforgettable. The ending left me breathless’ LARA PRESCOTT
‘A fascinating exploration of absolute power, female agency and the complexities of complicity. Atmospheric, claustrophobic and so elegantly written’ ELLERY LLOYD
‘Excellent. Horrifying and immersive with strong characterisation and atmosphere’ HARRIET TYCE
‘Engrossing, evocative, chillingly claustrophobic. Wonderfully written’ KAREN HAMILTON
‘A thrilling novel’ OLIVIA VINALL
‘A masterful portrait of a self-made woman who is both devil and angel. Like the real-life dictator’s wives that inspired her, she’s unforgettable’ ANIKA SCOTT