“She thought of the horses, of the eyes in the earth.
She thought about that number, sixteen. That strange number . . .”
Near the dying English seaside town of Ilmarsh, local police detective Alec Nichols discovers sixteen horses' heads on a farm, each buried with a single eye facing the low winter sun. After forensic veterinarian Cooper Allen travels to the scene, the investigators soon uncover evidence of a chain of crimes in the community – disappearances, arson, and mutilations – all culminating in the reveal of something deadly lurking in the ground itself.
In the dark days that follow, the town slips into panic and paranoia. Everything is not as it seems. Anyone could be a suspect. And as Cooper finds herself unable to leave town, Alec is stalked by an unseen threat. The two investigators race to uncover the truth behind these frightening and insidious mysteries – no matter the cost.
A literary thriller from a stunning new talent, Sixteen Horses is a story of enduring guilt, trauma and punishment, set in a small seaside community the rest of the world has left behind . . .
'A literary thriller unafraid to take chances, bending genre rules to its will.' New York Times
'Imagine Agatha Christie rewritten by Samuel Beckett' The Times' Crime Book of the Month
'A dark, ambitious, and highly intelligent thriller' Publishers Weekly
“It is far too soon to call a book of the fair, but one early contender has to be Greg Buchanan’s debut literary thriller.” – The Bookseller
'Utterly brilliant. Poetry and cinema at once. If this isn't one of the biggest titles of 2021, I'll eat my hat' - C.J. Cooke
'Unlike anything else you will read this year.. it's atmospheric and vivid, summoning up unforgettable images and landscapes' Daily Express
'Original, beautifully written, terrifying and haunting. I won't forget this novel.' Sophie Hannah
'Utterly gripping, exquisitely written and.. hauntingly dark'. The Guardian