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The Other Half

Charlotte Vassell

A gripping debut police procedural packed with suspense – and the technicolour energy and wit of ‘Knives Out’

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‘Brilliantly compulsive . . . I could not stop reading this book.’ DENISE MINA
‘As sharp, witty and energetic as it is bitingly satirical.’ JANICE HALLETT

The night before
Rupert’s 30th is a black tie dinner at the Kentish Town McDonald’s – catered with cocaine and Veuve Clicquot.
The morning after
His girlfriend Clemmie is found murdered on Hampstead Heath. All the party-goers have alibis. Naturally.

This investigation is going to be about Classics degrees and aristocrats, Instagram influencers and who knows who. Or is it whom? Detective Caius Beauchamp isn’t sure. He’s sharply dressed, smart, and as into self-improvement as Clemmie – but as he searches for the dark truth beneath the luxury, a wall of staggering wealth threatens to shut down his investigation before it’s begun.

Can he see through the tangled set of relationships in which the other half live, and die, before the case is taken out of his hands?

Bitingly funny, full of twists, and all too close to reality, this is a stunning debut from your next favourite crime writer.

‘An incredible crime debut.’ ERIN KELLY
‘Scintillating.’ HARRIET TYCE

‘Delicious, searing . . . What a great new voice she is in detective fiction!’ S. J. BENNETT

‘Such a fun, biting take on the thriller genre . . . I loved this book!’ 5* review
‘A pacy crime novel with plenty of sly wit thrown in.’ 5* review
‘It was fast paced and twisty and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved it.’ 5* review
‘A perfectly horrid cast of over the top characters and an engaging detective. Glorious.’ 5* review

Critic Reviews

An incredible crime debut. THE OTHER HALF is the love child of Evelyn Waugh and Susie Steiner, I devoured it. Gripping, funny, enraging and incisive.

Erin Kelly
Critic Reviews

Imagine A Handful of Dust meets The Great Gatsby on a Northern Line tube to Kentish Town. That’s The Other Half by Charlotte Vassell, a crime thriller as sharp, witty and energetic as it is bitingly satirical. Vassell’s lively prose is utterly compelling and so stylish she can meld ancient Greece and 21st Century London without batting a Euclid. Reminded me of Waugh with every turn of the page. In The Other Half she might just have created a Vile Bodies for the Millennial generation.

Janice Hallett
Critic Reviews

THE OTHER HALF by Charlotte Vassell is an incredibly accomplished debut - the writing is pin-sharp and skewers class and pretension with hilarious precision. The plot is complex but well handled, and the characters - especially the protagonist Caius - are brilliant and so well realised. I really hope this is a series, because I can't wait to read more! Vassell is a unique and much-needed voice in crime fiction, and sure to be a new favourite for many!

Cailean Steed
Critic Reviews

A scintillating debut which shifts effortlessly from the sacred to the profane by combining a cast of compulsively ghastly characters, a truly engaging cop, Ancient Greek, Instagram, a corpse on the Heath and a butler in McDonald’s. Much of what I loved about The Secret History is to be found here, but with a thoroughly modern sensibility all of its own.

Harriet Tyce
Critic Reviews

Donna Tartt for the North London glitterati - sharp, funny writing meets tight plotting in a unique, new voice.

Ajay Chowdhury
Critic Reviews

Charlotte Vassell's debut novel The Other Half is a sinister, erudite, and clever whodunit; a modern story propelled by literary allusions and a sophisticated wit that seem to have sprung from the era of the bright, young things.

Peter Swanson

Charlotte Vassell studied History at the University of Liverpool and completed a Masters in Art History at SOAS, University of London, before training as an actor at Drama Studio London. Other than treading the boards Charlotte has also worked in advertising, executive search, and as a purveyor of silk top hats.

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