The Birdwatcher is a crime novel of suspense, intelligence and powerful humanity about fathers and sons, grief and guilt and facing the darkness within. Set on the storm-lashed Kent coast, it has been called ‘utterly compulsive’ and ‘a brilliantly constructed thriller’ (Sunday Mirror), while fellow Theakston longlistee Peter May called it ‘the most gripping book I’ve read in years.’ It is published by Riverrun in the UK.
The shortlist of six titles will be announced on 20th May, and the overall winner will be announced on the opening night of the 15th Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate on 20th July. The winner will receive a £3,000 cash prize as well as a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakston Old Peculier. Last year’s recipient was Clare Mackintosh for her novel I Let You Go.