Queen K

Sarah Thomas


A novel about insatiable material desire can only ever be a tragedy.


Crime & thriller > Fiction

ISBN: 9781800814905


On a balmy evening in late March, an oligarch’s wife hosts a party on a superyacht moored in the Maldives.

Tables cover the massive deck, adorned with orchids, champagne bottles, name cards of celebrities.

Uniformed staff flank a red carpet on the landing dock.

This is what Kata has wanted for a long time: acceptance into the glittering world of high society.

But there are those who aim to come between Kata and her goal, and they are closer to home than she could have imagined.

Witness to the corruption and violence underneath the shiny surfaces is Mel, a young English woman employed to tutor Kata’s precocious daughter and navigate her through the class codes of English privilege.

Now the closest Mel gets to such privilege is as hired help to the wealthy, and she is deeply resentful. Exquisitely written and deliciously unreliable, Queen K takes the reader to some of the most luxurious places in the world.

But a dark refrain sounds from the very beginning of the story and grows towards its operatic finale: a novel about insatiable material desire can only ever be a tragedy.

A world of butter-cream-beige luxury, brimming with toxicity and darkness, that pulls you in, and under’ – Calla Henkel

A classy thriller that will appeal to fans of Leila Slimani’s Lullaby…a hot holiday read to brighten up the last few weeks of winter’ – Sunday Times

A superb debut novel…anyone who enjoyed The White Lotus will love Thomas’s scalpel-sharp skewering of the mores and idiocies of the idle rich’ – Observer

Balzac in Balenciaga…Queen K lures you in with escapist, beach-read vibes, then bares its teeth with a devastating portrait of the emotional cost of greed’ – Times

Patricia Highsmith-esque…an untrustworthy narrator judging her employer’s life of excess and desperate attempts to infiltrate a glittering world’ – Evening Standard

A dark and brilliant read…our bet is that this is going to be on the small or big screen’ – Glamour

Her dazzling debut is both a gripping mystery and a treatise on the dangers of wealth without limits’ – Emma Stonex


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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 25 × 17 × 8 cm