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Possession is a chilling psychological thriller written with Katie Lowe’s signature “subtle, persistent, and unmistakable creepiness” (Kirkus, on The Furies).

The past haunts her. The present hunts her.

Conviction @ConvictionPod · 1m
The investigating officer: “I’ve seen a lot of homicides in the years since, but…that’s the one that keeps me up at night.”

The husband’s best man: “They had everybody fooled. Or at least, she did. But I always knew something was off.”

Hannah, the wife: “I told you. I don’t remember anything. I don’t know.”

That’s all to come, this season, on Conviction. Get ready for our most twisted season yet.


Ten years ago, Hannah’s husband was brutally murdered in their home, and she (conveniently) doesn’t remember a thing about that night. But the police charged someone else–a stranger–and put him away for life. And Hannah packed up her six-year-old daughter and left London behind.

But now her hard-won countryside peace is threatened. Conviction, a viral true crime podcast known for getting cases reopened and old verdicts overturned, has turned its attention to Hannah’s husband’s murder for its new season. They say police framed the man who was found guilty, and that Hannah has more suspicious secrets than just her memory loss: a history of volatility; citations at the clinic where she worked as a psychiatrist; dependencies on alcohol and pills; and a familicidal grandmother, locked away in a Gothic insane asylum until her death. As Hannah loses the trust of everyone she loves, the only person she feels she can confide in is a former colleague, Darcy, who’s come back into her life–but who may have motives of her own. But Hannah can’t tell even Darcy her deepest secret: that she’s still tormented by the memory of her husband and the crater he carved through her life.



Chapter 1


Chapter 2


Chapter 3


Episode One


Chapter 4


Chapter 5


Chapter 6


Chapter 7


Chapter 8


Chapter 9


Chapter 10


Chapter 11


Chapter 12


Chapter 13


Episode Two


Chapter 14


Chapter 15


Chapter 16


Chapter 17


Chapter 18


Chapter 19


Chapter 20


Chapter 21


Chapter 22


Episode Three


Chapter 23


Chapter 24


Chapter 25


Chapter 26


Chapter 27


Chapter 28


Chapter 29


Chapter 30


Episode Four


Chapter 31


Chapter 32


Chapter 33


Chapter 34


Chapter 35


Chapter 36


Chapter 37


Episode Five


Chapter 38


Chapter 39


Chapter 40


Chapter 41


Chapter 42


Chapter 43


Chapter 44


Chapter 45


Chapter 46


Chapter 47


Episode Six


Chapter 48


Chapter 49


Chapter 50


Chapter 51


Chapter 52


Chapter 53


Chapter 54


Chapter 55


Chapter 56


Chapter 57


Chapter 58


Chapter 59


Chapter 60


Chapter 61


Chapter 62


Chapter 63


Chapter 64


Chapter 65




Chapter 66




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Without the kindness, faith and generosity of Juliet Mushens, this book would not exist. I’ll never quite work out how to say how glad I am to know her, both personally and professionally—though I intend to keep trying. Thank you, Juliet, for everything.

Thanks also to Liza DeBlock, a genius of lifesaving details; and to Jenny Bent, who makes coming up with brilliant ideas look easy.

Sylvan Creekmore’s insightful notes have made me gasp with wonder on numerous occasions—her passion and brilliance make her, frankly, exactly the kind of person I’d like to be. The support and kindness of the rest of the team at St. Martin’s Press has been, once again, remarkable.

A brief note of thanks to the team at the University of Birmingham, where I am—hypothetically—still working on my PhD. Nathan Waddell, Rachel Sykes, Andrzej Gasiorek: thank you for bearing with me while I figure out how to do both.

My incredible friends, Caroline Magennis, Natalie Houlding, Laura Bligh, Mallory Brand, Davinia Day, Emma Maisey, and Sarah Clarke-Wareham—I’m sorry I’m so often writing, and so rarely fun. Thank you putting up with me anyway.

And finally, my family, to whom this book is dedicated: my parents, Jim Lowe, whose enthusiasm for writing keeps me going, when my own runs out; and Cathrine Lowe, who somehow always knows exactly what to say to make things right. I’m so lucky to have you both.

And my sister, Becky Rose, whose music is the soundtrack to my life. No one knows me better—and no one makes me belly-laugh so much. I’m proud of you. Thank you for everything.

On Sale
Feb 9, 2021
Page Count
288 pages