Ruth Dugdall has been described by critics as 'the British Gillian Flynn' (review). She has been compared to Jodi Picoult (by the CWA panel who awarded her the Debut Dagger) and is interested in deviance. Her writing is uncompromising and can be graphic, but is always authentic. Ruth admires the writings of Joyce Carol Oates and Donna Tartt, and in a similar way, tackles human relationships at their most dysfunctional. She has been shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize 2011, longlisted for the New Angle Book Prize, and shortlisted for the Brit Writer’s Novel Award.