The Darkness that Divides Us (UK edition)

By Renate Dorrestein

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Growing up in a peaceful Dutch village with her eccentric mother and their two endearing male lodgers, Lucy is the popular leader of the pre-school set—until a bizarre crime rocks her world. After her mother has served time for murder, Lucy, her mother and her ‘uncles’ leave the village to start over in the Outer Hebrides. But even in this remote corner of the world, the past has a way of catching up with her……
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Literary novel




Hester Velmans



Original Title

Het duister dat ons scheidt

Year of publication


'Sinister and chilling.'— Emerald Street

‘The Darkness that Divides Us is a really beautifully written family drama, with a hint of mystery – the writing is darkly atmospheric and it has a really intense construction about it that works really well and hooks you right in.’—LizLovesBooks

Renate Dorrestein

Renate Dorrestein is a best-selling author who occupies a unique position within Dutch literature. An extraordinary storyteller, known for her unsentimental depiction of children and their flawed families, Dorrestein’s impish humour offsets the darkness of her subjects. Her work has twice been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and her novel A Heart of Stone was a Barnes & Noble ‘Discover Great New Writers’ selection. Her novels have been made into films and translated into fifteen languages. Photo: © Frank Ruiter