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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