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The Death House

A dark and bittersweet tale that will break your heart and make you smile in equal measure
  • Author
    • Sarah Pinborough
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  • Published: May 29 2017
  • Pages: 288
  • 196 x 126mm
  • ISBN: 9781473222847
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of 13 Minutes and the writer behind Netflix's Behind Her Eyes comes a heart-breaking, heart-stopping tale of love, life and death which will take your breath away.

Toby is a boy who has forgotten how to live.
Clara is a girl who was born to die.

Toby's life was perfectly normal . . .
Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House. Isolated from the outside world the inhabitants of are watched for any signs of a mysterious illness . . .

Clara was a girl who had everything. Adored by her friends and her family, her life was destined for greatness. Now, Clara is the newest resident of the Death House and she's determined not to allow her life to end there.

This is Toby and Clara's story.


Readers love The Death House:

'A marvel of a read, beautifully emotional, so terribly addictive that I read it in one afternoon and just as a warning, will stomp all over your heart and make it bleed' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'A beautifully told story. [Pinborough] has captured the lives, fears, small pockets of happiness and the complexity of the lives and losses of those involved. The hopes, loves and fears of the characters are superbly evoked before a heart-rending yet inevitable conclusion' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'One of those rare books for which there are just not enough stars. Beautiful. And now I must go and wring out my heart' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'I love books like this, the sort of fiction that promotes introspection . . . This beautiful story ends on a pitch-perfect bittersweet note. I'll happily admit, I felt emotionally drained when I got to the last page' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'The Death House is an impressive story about life and death, living in uncertainty, having a terrible inescapable destiny, friendship and love' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Press Reviews

  • Sci-Fi Now
    shocking and gripping, albeit ultimately hopeful and utterly moving, and it's Sarah Pinborough's finest novel to date
  • The Big Issue
    A bleak but compulsive tale...The Death House could be her finest novel yet
  • Starburst
    The Death House is a stunning novel, and a harsh reminder that our lives are simply fragile, fleeting, heart-breaking and most likely destined to end long before we want
  • Reader Dad
    First things first: Sarah Pinborough's latest novel, The Death House, made me cry...The Death House is the best book you'll read in 2015, guaranteed, and Sarah Pinborough cements her place as one of our finest living novelists
  • Upcoming 4 Me
    The Death House is a dazzlingly emotional account of growing up, death and bits in between as well as an early contender for the book of the year
  • The Book Plank
    The Death House is something completely different and doesn't fall into one definite category. There are many thoughts underlying the storyline but the most prominent ones are an extraordinary love story...it won't let you go without breaking your heart
  • Geek Native
    The attraction of The Death House is its tragedy. This book is bleak and horrible and you will love it
  • Liz Loves Books
    The Death House was a marvel of a read, beautifully emotional, so terribly addictive that I read it in one afternoon and just as a warning, will stomp all over your heart and make it bleed
  • Sf Bulletin
    Death becomes her - Sarah Pinborough's most powerful work to date
  • Civilian Reader
    The Fault in Our Stars for the dystopian fan?....brilliantly written and moving, this is definitely recommended
  • SF Book
    The Death House is emotive, thoughtful and memorable - remarkably subversive in its complex nature all wrapped up in a superb ending" - one to read in 2015
  • Geek Syndicate
    Sarah Pinborough has created an incredible book with The Death House. Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances highlighting the power of humanity....The writer's deft touch leaves the reader emotional. You might feel like your heart has been stomped on
  • SFF World
    The Death House is sad, stealthily creepy, emotionally haunting and quite brilliant
  • Fizz and Tattle
    fascinating characters, sinister undertones and mysterious circumstances it makes for an incredibly addictive read
  • Fantasy Book Review
    Sarah Pinborough has managed to write one of the saddest love stories I have read in a while, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet by being tragic and yet also triumphant
  • Jenny Colgan
    Unsettling, frightening and in the end uplifting, The Death House has stayed with me
  • SFX
    Impressive and moving
  • FIzz and Tattle
    fascinating characters, sinister undertones and mysterious circumstances it makes for an incredibly addictive read
  • Fantasy Book Review
    Sarah Pinborough has managed to write one of the saddest love stories I have read in a while, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet by being tragic and yet also triumphant
  • Forbidden Planet International
    [Pinborough] deftly manages to pull elements from various places, from horror tropes to science fiction or thriller or crime and re-weaves them into something far more compelling... she also manages to craft a book which functions perfectly well as an engrossing tale for an adult or for a YA reader.
  • The Book Bag
    It surprised me, it warmed me, it charmed me and shocked me both, and it's brilliant.
  • The Eloquent Page
    This is a touching tale that will linger long after you've finished reading, haunting and heartbreakingly sad
  • Books and Writers JNR
    A very evocative, quick read - I really recommend it if you're looking for a very chilling, mysterious standalone novel
  • Strange Horizons
    Pinborough layers a beautiful account of that first, maddening, youthful love, alongside the friendship and brotherhood only found in those doomed to die together. It's poignant and tear-jerking: the ending is stunning, and I haven't cried this much at a book in a long time
  • British Fantasy Society
    There are curveballs and plot twists galore, and more than a handful of tear-jerkers as the story progresses, but all of it is crafted with a care and attention to detail that defines what a good narrative and cracking tale it really is
  • The Independent on Sunday
    Situated somewhere between Margaret Atwoods' The Handmaid's Tale and William Golding's Lord of the Flies, The Death House is a moving triumph with a gut-punch of a denouement
  • The Telegraph
    In a world where detah is everywhere, every breath, every heartbeat becomes previous. Pinborough's vivid writing ensures her readers feel every one
  • Stephen King
    Moving and totally involving. I couldn't put it down
  • Telegraph and Argus
    Compelling, heat braking, yet sinister this novel is beautifully written and thought-provoking
  • Terror Tree
    This is a powerful book; emotional and frightening with a killer ending. An absolute must read.
  • Love Reading
    you turn the pages begging for the story to continue ever further and not reach its poetic but terrible conclusion so fast. It will leave you in tears.