Be careful what you wish for…

Childhood sweethearts Nicole and Tom are a normal, loving couple—until a massive lottery win changes their lives overnight.

Soon they’ve moved into a custom-built state-of-the-art Glass Barn on the stunning grounds of Lancaut Manor in Gloucestershire. They have fancy cars, expensive hobbies, and an exclusive lifestyle they never could have imagined.

But this dream world quickly turns into a nightmare when Tom is found dead in the swimming pool.

Nicole is devastated. Tom is her rock. And their beautiful barn —with all its smart features that never seem to work for her—is beginning to feel very lonely. But she’s not entirely by herself out there in the country. There’s a nice young couple who live in the Manor itself along with their middle-aged housekeeper who has the Coach House. And an old friend of Tom’s from school has turned up to help her get through her grief.

But big money can bring big problems and big threats. Was Tom’s death a tragic accident or was it something worse? And is her life in danger as well?

Nicole’s beginning to feel like a little fish in a big glass fishbowl.

Surrounded by piranhas.

THE MANOR HOUSE is published in the UK as THE FALL


A standout psychological thriller... Ms Macmillan skilfully keeps all her story's plates spinning in the air until they come crashing down in a smashing finale

The Wall Street Journal

In addition to a whodunit, The Manor House is a con game. There is a lovely little twisted ending that makes this a satisfying mystery

The Denver Post

A smart, well-told story that allows us to indulge our sneaky curiosity about what instant money can do to people's lives

Daily Mail

Perhaps [Gilly Macmillan's] most confounding and rewarding psychological thriller yet


The Manor House is a thrill ride with twists and turns you could never see coming. Be transported, but never become too complacent. With this book, you never know who to trust


An utterly readable tale of greed, avarice, and revenge

The Southern Bookseller

Remarkably complex…. [The Manor House] dissects everything from family to friendship, from snobbery to ruthless power…. In the talented hands of Gilly Macmillan, the novel is also a striking, cautionary tale about the intrinsic dangers of 'being played.'

The Anniston Star

Plenty of twists and turns in this truly layered novel. Cleverly put together, it'll have you thinking long after you've finished reading

Belfast Telegraph

Cleverly put together, it'll have you thinking long after you've finished reading

Press Association

Macmillan uses multiple shifts of time and perspective to propel this unpredictable story; your attention won’t flag for a minute, thanks to her nimble inventions, and the double twist at the end is a killer


Macmillan is such a good writer that we’re constantly guessing, believing one thing and then another, right up until the book’s final moments. A treat for the author’s fans, and, for those who are new to her, a wonderful introduction to this fine writer


Gilly Macmillan [is] one of the best writers of dark and twisty thrillers currently at work

Shots Magazine

A gripping new thriller by Gilly Macmillan - the mistress of classy suspense

Shari Lapena

A masterclass in psychological suspense. I couldn't put it down

Claire Douglas

A one-sit read. Creepy, compelling and superbly plotted

Sarah Pearse

Great characters and a clever plot make for a highly engaging read. Storytelling at its best!

B. A. Paris

Brilliantly written, completely unputdownable, absolutely unmissable

Tim Weaver

A superbly plotted, breathless mystery

Lucy Clarke