Jane Casey is the best-selling author of THE MISSING and the Maeve Kerrigan series: THE BURNING, THE RECKONING, THE LAST GIRL. and THE STRANGER YOU KNOW. She was born and brought up in Dublin and read English at Jesus College, Oxford, followed by an MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College, Dublin. She worked in publishing for nine years and commissioned best-selling children's books, specialising in fiction for teenagers. Her first YA novel, HOW TO FALL, was published in January 2013 and is the first in the Jess Tennant series. She lives in London with her barrister husband, their two young children and a cat called Fred.
To find out more about the Maeve Kerrigan series please visit the website at www.maevekerrigan.co.uk.
Awards and Accolades:
Jane Casey was longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award 2013.
THE MISSING was shortlisted for the Crime Fiction Award 2010 at the Irish Book Awards.
THE MISSING won the Best Debut Fiction category at the Crimezone Thriller Awards 2011.
THE RECKONING was shortlisted for the Crime Fiction Award 2011at the Irish Book Awards.
THE RECKONING was shortlisted for the Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award 2013.
THE STRANGER YOU KNOW was shortlisted for the Crime Fiction Award 2013 at the Irish Book Awards.
HOW TO FALL was longlisted for The Catalyst Book Award.
BET YOUR LIFE, Random House Children's Books, 13th February 2014:
Jess Tennant has now been living in Port Sentinel for three months, and is just beginning to relax and think of it as home after the murderous events of the summer. But in the small hours of a dark night, a teenage boy is left for dead by the side of the road. Seb Dawson has a serious head injury and may not survive - and Jess decides to find out who beat him up, and why?
As she investigates, Jess discovers that Seb was involved in some very dangerous games. A secret predator around girls, he would do whatever it took to abuse them, from lying and blackmail to spiking drinks. Could a group of vengeful victims be behind his attack? Or is there someone else with a grudge against Seb and who will stop at nothing to silence him?
Praise for Jane Casey's books:
"Astute, complex, layered - and very twisted. You'll remember this one for a long time." Lee Child
"Compulsive, menacing and moving - a very satisfying psychological thriller" Sophie Hannah
"THE MISSING aims high, and doesn't miss. A complex plot, deftly handled; a good puzzle, dextrously unfolded; interesting characters, lots of tension, and a user-friendly style; this is a truly striking debut." Reginald Hill
"THE MISSING is a remarkably compelling and convincing depiction of what it must be like to be caught up - first as a witness, then as more than that - in a police murder inquiry" Robert Goddard
"A really appealing lead character is key to a good crime series. . . Jane Casey has definitely created on with her spirited and likeable heroine Maeve Kerrigan." Good Housekeeping on THE STRANGER YOU KNOW
"Jane Casey's police procedurals go from strength to strength." The Sunday Times on THE STRANGER YOU KNOW. They named it one of their Top Ten Crime and Thriller Books of 2013
"THE LAST GIRL has a searing opening. . . Casey handles several plot lines with ease, and she's come up with an attractive series character in DC Maeve Kerrigan." The Sunday Times
"The number of convincing police officers in crime fiction is a tiny squad but Maeve had the potential to be one of the few female members." Daily Telegraph
"This is a lively, gritty thriller. Every scene is well timed. The characters are quickly, expertly drawn. . . You will turn the pages fast, looking for every clue. I hadn't read Jane Casey before but I will read her again." Evening Standard
"Lock the doors before you start reading. Or go adopt a German shepherd." Dallas Morning News
"A satisfyingly tension-filled, page-rifling read that comes with the added bonus of beautifully realised characters and elegant prose... THE RECKONING is Jane Casey's third Maeve Kerrigan novel in less than two years, and with it she moves effortlessly into the pantheon of top Irish female crime writers, a list that includes Tana French, Alex Barclay, Arlene Hunt and Niamh O'Connor." Irish Independent
"Casey's impressive series debut. . . delves deeply into the psyches of three women. Casey expertly combines a perceptive crime drama with an insightful look at the women's overlapping problems." Publisher's Weekly
"Casey...rarely puts a foot wrong in this enthralling example of a bait-and-switch novel... Parallel first-person narratives from either side of the thin blue line contribute hugely to the novel’s page-turning quality, although the author’s success here is largely due to her superb characterisations...The Burning confirms that she’s a talent to watch." Irish Times
"Casey's easy, fluid style is excellent" thebookbag.co.uk
A "taut, tense thriller." Marie Claire
"A terrific novel . . .it is very well structured, a most impressive first novel, a psychological thriller that builds to a gripping solution." Lovereading.co.uk - February 2010's Debut of the Month
"A guaranteed nail biter. . . a compelling and horrifying account of being implicated in events beyond your control." Glamour
"This frantic thriller will keep you on your toes until the end." Star
"The pace is energetic and exciting and the plot will have you white-knuckled and desperate to discover the finale." Easy Living