Mucho Mistrust

Before betrayal, there’s trust. But it’s fragile. Everyone has secrets, even those who seem honourable and upright. These three writers look at the terrifying consequences of misplaced trust.

Lisa Ballantyne’s debut, The Guilty One, was an international bestseller and a Richard & Judy book club pick. Her newest, Little Liar, finds a teacher accused of abuse by his pupil. There are always two sides to every story—but once an accusation is made, how does it affect the lives of those involved?

Renée Knight’s Disclaimer was a runaway bestseller, which she’s currently adapting for Fox Searchlight. Now, in The Secretary, she’s crafted a nerve-wracking story about what happens when a meek, overlooked figure privy to the darkest secrets is pushed to her limit—becoming the most dangerous person in the room.

Social Creature, by Tara Isabella Burton, is one of 2018’s most talked about success stories. It’s the story of Louise, who has nothing, and Lavinia, who has everything. This tale of obsession and misplaced trust is being called a Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age.

Chaired by Edi Stark.

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