Red Ribbons (A Dr Kate Pearson Novel)

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"Phillips is Ireland’s finest mystery writer." --San Diego Book Review
The critically acclaimed first novel in Louise Phillips's award-winning and internationally bestselling Kate Pearson thriller series.


A missing schoolgirl is found buried in the Dublin Mountains, hands clasped together in prayer, two red ribbons in her hair. Twenty-four hours later, a second schoolgirl is found in a shallow grave her body identically arranged. The hurt for the killer is on.


The police call in criminal psychologist, Kate Pearson, to get inside the mind of the murderer before he strikes again. But the more Kate discovers about the killings, the more it all feels terrifyingly familiar.


As the pressure to find the killer intensifies there's one vital connection to be made Ellie Brady, a woman institutionalised fifteen years earlier for the murder of her daughter Amy. She stopped talking when everybody stopped listening.

But what connects the death of Amy Brady to the murdered schoolgirls? As Kate Pearson, begins to unravel the truth, danger is closer than she knows...

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About the Author:

Louise Phillip's debut novel, RED RIBBONS, featuring criminal psychologist Kate Pearson, was nominated for the Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year, and her second novel, THE DOLL’S HOUSE, won the award. Louise’s work has formed part of many literary anthologies, and she has won both the Jonathan Swift Award and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform, along with being shortlisted for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and many others. She is the recipient of an arts bursary for literature, and this year, she was awarded a writers’ residency at Cill Rialaig Artist retreat. She was also a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. Polis Books will be releasing her Kate Pearson series in North American for the first time beginning with Red Ribbons. Visit her at and follow her at @LouiseMPhillips.


"A masterly psychological thriller...The foibles, fears and strengths of each fully realized character all come into play and affect their judgment. In short, they are people the reader will care about." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Praise for the novels of Louise Phillips

"A cracker of a novel, highly recommended, a phenomenal debut."
-Arlene Hunt

"Red Ribbons is an absolutely brilliant book ... spine-tingling with loads of twists and turns. A debut novel from a great writer who will soon be up there with the likes of Patricia Cornwell."
-Stafford FM

"Dark, spooky but believable."
-Irish Examiner

"Red Ribbons has been getting rave reviews, especially for the insight it offers into the emotions of a mother who has lost her child."
-Irish Mail on Sunday

"The pace of this book is spot on, revealing information from the killer's past bit by bit to keep the reader turning the page."

"Fans of Sophie Hannah and SJ Watson will devour."

"Louise Phillips goes from strength to strength."
-Irish Independent

"Among the best crime writing in the world."
-Mark Philpott, BBC Radio Ulster

"I can certainly validate that Phillips is an equal to James Patterson, Sara Paretsky, Patricia Cornwell or any authors of cracking good police procedurals."
-By the Book Reviews

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Publisher: Hachette Ireland, 2013

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