Your House Will Pay

Steph Cha

In her blistering and beautifully written UK debut, Steph Cha has crafted an urgent, timely and unforgettable novel about the inter-twined fates of two families.

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Two families.
One desperate to remember, the other to forget.
Will the truth burn them both?

‘Masterful.’ Ruth Ware

‘A smart, sensitive page-turner.’ Daily Mail


Grace Park and Shawn Mathews share a city, but seemingly little else. Coming from different generations and very different communities, their paths wouldn’t normally cross at all. As Grace battles confusion over her elder sister’s estrangement from their Korean-immigrant parents, Shawn tries to help his cousin Ray readjust to life on the outside after years spent in prison.

But something in their past links these two families. As the city around them threatens to spark into violence, echoing events from their past, the lives of Grace and Shawn are set to collide in ways which will change them all forever.

Beautifully written, and marked by its aching humanity as much as its growing sense of dread, Your House Will Pay is a powerful and moving family story, perfect for readers of Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout.

What readers are saying:

‘Simultaneously thrilling and thoughtful… a terrific, fast-moving story of two characters trying to live with the truth.’

‘A must-read.’

‘This novel is wonderful… it will stick with you.’

‘Sensitive and astute, it’s a book we need right now, and it’s a book that lingers, offering plenty to think about.’

‘A smart, powerful, fully-engaged book that never once blinks or backs down or takes an easy out, and then nails one of the best endings I’ve ever read.’

Critic Reviews

Cha is a talented storyteller, feeding us information gradually as the suspense builds towards uncomfortable revelations and events.

Sunday Times
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A nuanced and convincing portrait of two communities at loggerheads. Cha does not shy away from moral ambiguity as she explores cultural burdens, anger and unintended consequences.

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A smart, sensitive page-turner… in which drip-fed detail detonates with maximal impact, this terrific novel probes the way politicised rhetoric about race can fail to live up to the messiness of real-life experience.

Daily Mail
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The plotting is immaculate, but it is as a sensitive study of a killer, a victim and their families that the novel grips.

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Elegant [and] suspenseful.

New York Times
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Ambitious, accomplished and remarkably compelling... A book with the courage to leave the answers to its most daunting questions up to the reader.

Wall Street Journal

Steph Cha is the author of Your House Will Pay and the Juniper Song crime trilogy. She’s an editor and critic whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her 2020 novel Your House Will Pay was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger award and the Macavity…

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