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The Confession of Stella Moon


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Because dark secrets don’t decompose

1977: A killer is released from prison and returns ‘home’ – to a decaying, deserted boarding house choked with weeds and foreboding.

Memories of strange rituals, gruesome secrets and shame hang heavy in the air, exerting a brooding power over young Stella Moon.

She is eager to restart her life, but first she must confront the ghosts of her macabre family history and her own shocking crime. Guilt, paranoia and manipulation have woven a tangled web of truth and lies. All is ambiguous. Of only one thing is she certain…

Stella Moon killed her own mother.

Prizes and awards

WINNER, Andrea Badenoch Prize
SHORTLISTED, Dundee International Book Prize
LONGLISTED, Bath Novel Award

REVIEWS OF The Confession of Stella Moon

"Shelley Day’s voice is exciting and unique ... and her fiction thematically rich." Jackie Kay

"A timely and intelligent book ... passion, insight and a real understanding of both risk and mercy ... delicately explores the tangled layers of family grief and guilt." AL Kennedy

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About the author

Shelley Day

After a rebellious youth and with a young family, Shelley Day turned to study and became a family and criminal lawyer and then a leading psychology professor. She began writing fiction in 2007 and her short stories have appeared in anthologies, online and in newspapers and magazines, including New Writing Scotland. The Confession of Stella Moon, her first novel, won the Andrea Badenoch Prize and was shortlisted for the Charles Pick Fellowship when it was still a work-in-progress.