Agent: Nicola Barr

Jo Spain

Jo Spain's first novel, top ten bestseller WITH OUR BLESSING, was one of seven finalists in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition 2015. It was named as an Irish Times Crime Fiction Book of the Year by Declan Burke. Her second novel, bestseller BENEATH THE SURFACE, was released in September 2016 to further critical acclaim. Her standalone thriller, THE CONFESSION, will be published in early 2018.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children. Jo has worked as a political advisor on the economy in the Irish parliament and has been vice-chair of the business body InterTrade Ireland for the last five years.

Jo’s debut novel, the first in a crime fiction series, is set against a background of the infamous Irish Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Baby homes. The author’s own father was born in one such home in Dublin and the novel’s backdrop was constructed based on the in-depth research she undertook while attempting to trace her family roots.