The Opposite of Lonely

The Opposite of Lonely

Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 14/09/2023
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The Opposite of Lonely
5 humongous stars to Doug Johnstone's latest novel The Opposite of Lonely. This is the latest novel in the Skelf series and will certainly not disappoint a... READ MORE
Sally Boocock
The Opposite of Lonely
Pure class
I think it’s fair to say that Doug Johnstone is, without a doubt, one of the most accomplished author of recent years, with his books consistently displayi... READ MORE


A body lost at sea, arson, murder, astronauts, wind phones, communal funerals, stalking and conspiracy theories … This can ONLY mean one thing! The Skelfs are back, and things are as tense, unnerving and warmly funny as ever!   ‘A terrific read with all of Johnston’s trademark warmth and wicked wit in the latest gripping outing for this beguiling family’ A K Turner    ‘Some of the best female characters in crime fiction. Pitch-perfect balance of dark and light … disturbing, compassionate and brilliantly funny’ Sarah Hilary   'The Skelfs series just gets better and better! Outstanding characters and a gripping plot … Doug Johnstone is one of the greats of Scottish crime fiction' Luca Veste   ____________   Even death needs company…   The Skelf women are recovering from the cataclysmic events that nearly claimed their lives. Their funeral-director and private-investigation businesses are back on track, and their cases are as perplexing as ever.   Matriarch Dorothy looks into a suspicious fire at an illegal campsite and takes a grieving, homeless man under her wing. Daughter Jenny is searching for her missing sister-in-law, who disappeared in tragic circumstances, while grand-daughter Hannah is asked to investigate increasingly dangerous conspiracy theorists, who are targeting a retired female astronaut … putting her own life at risk.   With a body lost at sea, funerals for those with no one to mourn them, reports of strange happenings in outer space, a funeral crasher with a painful secret, and a violent attack on one of the family, The Skelfs face their most personal – and perilous – cases yet. Doing things their way may cost them everything…   Tense, unnerving and warmly funny, The Opposite of Lonely is the hugely anticipated fifth instalment in the unforgettable Skelfs series, and this time, danger comes from everywhere…   _________________________   ‘If you loved Iain Banks, you’ll devour the Skelfs series’ Erin Kelly   ‘Authentic female characters … Short, punchy chapters mean that the pace is brisk, and Johnstone’s deft way of portraying old and new characters means that even novice readers of the series won’t be left behind’ Scotsman   'An absolute joy to read … full of such wonderful characters, brilliantly realised, with more peril and intrigue. Certainly the best one yet' James Oswald   ‘Wonderful characters: flawed, funny and brave’ Sunday Times   Johnstone never fails to entertain whilst packing a serious emotional punch’ Gytha Lodge   ‘A unique brand of crime fiction boasting rare heart and depth’ Ambrose Parry   ‘Some of the most unique characters in crime fiction’ Daily Express   ‘Gritty, atmospheric and, above all, profoundly moving. An emotional education in the most unexpected of ways … I loved it’ Sarah Sultoon   ‘A must for those seeking strong, authentic, intelligent female protagonists’ Publishers Weekly   ‘The Skelfs books are brilliant’ Miranda Dickinson   ***SHORTLISTED FOR THEAKSTON’S OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR***  

  • Publisher: Orenda Books
  • ISBN: 9781914585807
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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The Opposite of Lonely
Book 5 in the series
Thank you to the publishers for this the 5th in the Skelf series. Whilst each book is a standalone story, I would strongly recommend you read the series in... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Opposite of Lonely
Another Skelf masterpiece
It's great to welcome the Skelfs back, three generations of women who run an undertakers and act as private investigators in modern Edinburgh. Over the fou... READ MORE
Blue Book Balloon
The Opposite of Lonely
How to make a story of death life affirming
The story starts with a delicious slice of black humour, which I would imagine typical of funeral directors, as a new-age funeral goes wrong as the tide mo... READ MORE
Peter Fleming
The Opposite of Lonely
An outstanding thriller
We're back in Scotland with the Skelf women for another outstanding instalment of this addictive series filled with arson, stalking, arson, murder, theorie... READ MORE
Emma Alvey
The Opposite of Lonely
Fab Read
Thank you to Orenda Books and Doug Johnstone for my advanced copy of this book. This is the 5th book in the Skelfs Series! Welcome back to the witty, char... READ MORE
Sarah Dougan-Blackburn
The Opposite of Lonely
So much brilliant story in so few pages
The Skelfs are back. Still recovering from the personal stresses of previous books they’re taking on new cases - investigatory and supportive - which chall... READ MORE
Lisey P