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'A deftly written and nerve-jangling thriller' Herald
'Simply sensational' M. W. Craven
'A white-knuckle ride' Chris Brookmyre
'Spectacular – an absolute treat' A. A. Dhand
'The ending is like a blow to the gut' Sunday Times
I saw it. He smothered her, pressing his hands on her face. The police don't believe me, they say it's impossible – but I know what I saw.
Xander Shute - once a wealthy banker, now living on the streets - shelters for the night in an empty Mayfair flat. When he hears the occupants returning home, he scrambles to hide. Trapped in his hiding place, he hears the couple argue, and he soon finds himself witnessing a vicious murder.
But who was the dead woman, who the police later tell him can't have been there? And why is the man Xander saw her with evading justice?
As Xander searches for answers, his memory of the crime comes under scrutiny, forcing him to confront his long-buried past and the stories he's told about himself.
How much he is willing to risk to understand the brutal truth?
'A terrific novel' Literary Review
'The violent narrative inexorably grips the attention, and the dialogue is always vividly idiomatatic, but it's the examination of the mental state of his intelligent protagonist caught in a downward spiral that affirms his talent' Financial Times
'As a portrait of vulnerability it's sympathetically rendered and the resolution surprisingly disturbing' The Times
'Clever, mercilessly addictive and deeply thought-provoking, I Know What I Saw blends a dynamite plot with heartfelt characterisation' Chris Whitaker
'This complex mystery (set on the streets of London) took my breath away. Gripping and utterly immersive. Mahmood is a master storyteller' Will Dean
'I didn't think Mahmood could top You Don't Know Me but he most certainly has. A searing take-down of privilege, our unequal society and indeed of traditional crime whodunnits.' Gillian McAllister
'A tense literary thriller about the lies we persist in telling ourselves and our inability to escape our damaged pasts - packed with moments of pathos and unexpected humour. I believed completely in Xander Shute' Sarah Vaughan
'Mahmood, following his innovative, breakout hit, You Don't Know Me, once again delivers a twisting narrative full of surprises and blind alleys' Vaseem Khan
'Intelligent and thought-provoking, it marks a welcome return for a supremely talented writer' Abir Mukherjee
**NOW A MAJOR BBC SERIES**
'A daring concept executed to perfection' LEE CHILD
It's easy to judge between right and wrong - isn't it?
An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. The evidence is overwhelming.
Just before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and decides to give his own defence speech. It is about the woman he loves, who got into terrible trouble. It's about how he risked everything to save her.
He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe.
As he talks us through the eight pieces of evidence against him, his life is in our hands. We, the reader - member of the jury - must keep an open mind till we hear the end of his story.
He swears he's innocent. But in the end, all that matters is this: do you believe him?
***See what bestselling authors and critics are saying about You Don't Know Me, chosen for the Radio 2 Book Club and the Telegraph's Best Crime Novels of the Year***
'Searing and heart-breaking, genre-bending . . . triumphantly reconfigures the traditional whodunnit into something remarkable' Ruth Ware
'Bold and original . . . a thrilling new voice in crime fiction' Tim Weaver
'A startlingly confident and deft debut' Tana French
'A dazzling debut - authentic, funny, sad, sympathetic. I was utterly gripped' Gillian McAllister
'Utterly compelling' Daily Mail
'Superb character-driven fiction. Masterful' Guardian
Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger
Longlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year