Grove Press
Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press

Clear My Name

by Paula Daly

A rising star in domestic suspense broadens her canvas in a brilliant new thriller in which a woman convicted of murdering her husband’s lover waits to be exonerated by a female investigator battling her own dark past

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 304
  • Publication Date September 22, 2020
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-5731-7
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $16.00
  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Page Count 304
  • Publication Date September 10, 2019
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-4783-7
  • Dimensions 6" x 9"
  • US List Price $26.00
  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Publication Date September 10, 2019
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-4784-4
  • US List Price $26.00

About the Book

Paula Daly is widely acclaimed for her masterful plotting and thrilling page-turners. Now she delivers Clear My Name, a page-turning new thriller about an investigator, who in order to free her client, must confront secrets she has struggled a lifetime to hide.

When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband’s lover, she denied it. She denied it again when they found her blood inside his house, again when they put her in front of a jury, and again when they sent her to prison. Now she’s three years into her fifteen-year sentence, gradually losing hope and separated from her pregnant daughter, but she is still maintaining her innocence. Tess is the only paid employee of Innocence UK, a charity that helps clear people wrongfully convicted of crimes, and which accepts Carrie’s case. But can she trust Carrie? Tess is no starry-eyed recent grad—her assumption is that “they’re all lying.”

Meanwhile, Tess is also paired with Avril, a naïve young investigator-in-training, with the hope that by mentoring her, she can eventually double the group’s investigative workload. But Tess unexpectedly bolts when she’s tipped off to a witness that could possibly prove Carrie didn’t commit the crime. While Tess and Avril work the case, re-interviewing witnesses and testing assumptions made at the time of the arrest, the tension ratchets up in both the case and Tess’s personal life.

An innovative spin on the crime novel full of wicked twists readers won’t see coming, Paula Daly’s Clear My Name raises the stakes in a grave miscarriage of justice and proves that even in a cold case, things still run hot.

Praise for Clear My Name:

“[E]xquisite pacing . . . The last quarter of this mystery doesn’t so much as unfold as it explodes; the tension is at a fever pitch and the final revelations are genuinely surprising. With a wonderfully executed mystery and two unreliable narrators, Clear My Name straddles the line between psychological thriller and good old-fashioned whodunit.”—BookPage

“A sixth winner for Daly (after Open Your Eyes) with a timely theme, the incarceration of the wrongly convicted, at its core. Fans of domestic thrillers will find the revelations about families and the lengths that mothers and daughters go to protect one another both disturbing and touching.”Booklist

“I loved this thriller, Clear My Name by Paula Daly. It features two strong women, one in prison for murder, one working to reinvestigate her case. Add in secrets, lies, and family drama and it’s an immediate page turner.”—Lisa Gardner

“[A] powerful thriller . . . Daly’s fans will welcome this gritty departure from her popular novels of domestic suspense.”—Publishers Weekly

“Gilroy investigates the serpentine twists and turns of the evidence, proving how spectacularly talented Daly is as a weaver of intensely compelling contemporary tales.”—Daily Mail

“Daly’s thrillers are engaging and well plotted; there is a nice mix of investigative process . . . as well as character development.—Kirkus Reviews

“[A] thoughtful, tense novel about women empathizing and identifying with one another—about looking out for each other in a world of violence and oppressors, and finding the strength to do so when things grow especially difficult.”CrimeReads


Praise for Open Your Eyes

“Daly crafts a powerful, and at times, genuinely creepy, domestic thriller . . . a superb effort from a fiercely talented author.”Criminal Element

“Sharp and thoughtful . . . Daly writes deftly about ordinary life; Open Your Eyes is a subtle and nuanced suspense novel that will best suit readers looking for a story made chilling by its plausibility . . . Open Your Eyes is tense, chilling reading material, and a breath of fresh air in the domestic thriller genre.”Crime By The Book

“What makes this novel particularly enjoyable is that Jane’s world is so familiar, until it isn’t. Other suspense writers do this well, but Daly has taken this to a new level . . . It’s a tribute to the author’s sure-handedness that there’s little doubt that a resolution will emerge and all will be explained satisfactorily.”BookReporter

“Believable twists and characters who realistically change distinguish this brisk story.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An evenly paced thriller; Daly delivers just enough clues and twists, a little bit at a time, to keep the reader guessing . . . [Open Your Eyes is] A satisfyingly original thriller.”Kirkus Reviews

“An electrifying plot that keeps you guessing.”—Fiona Barton, author of The Widow

“Absorbing . . . afire with [Daly’s] trademark brilliantly defined characters . . . The turn at the end is an absolute triumph.”Booklist (starred review)

“[Open Your Eyes is] another gripping, heartbreaking read from a brilliant writer.”—Jill Mansell, author of You and Me, Always

“Dark and delicious . . . Daly does it again!”—L. V. Hay, author of The Other Twin

“Effortless writing, brilliant storytelling, characters that you really root for (even the villains!) So cleverly done. Her books just get better and better.”—Susi Holliday, author of The Deaths of December

“Brilliant characters, fast paced and gripping.”—Claire Douglas, author of Local Girl Missing