So, you might have heard my latest psychological thriller, THE MARRIAGE TRAP – my fourth book published by BOOKOUTURE – is out! I say you ‘might have heard’, but I suspect you couldn’t have failed to. That’s down to the tremendous support and hard work of some extremely passionate book bloggers and readers. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading the book and reviewing – and how! If ever an author needed inspiration to finish the next book, this is it.
I can’t resist sharing a snippet or two of the latest:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐’This is an addictive first-class psychological thriller.’ Once Upon a Time Book Blog
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Wow… What a book. I so enjoyed it. A very addictive read.’ Goodreads reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A dazzling story with plenty of mystery and suspense!… This is one brilliant read. I was unable to put the book down.’ Goodreads reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Amazing new thriller.’ Goodreads reviewer
And, of course, the cover!
I’m thrilled to bits, can you tell? If you fancy a read, The Marriage Trap is currently on offer for just 99p! – so now might be your chance to grab it. If you prefer audio… Well, what can I say, Tamsin Kennard has done it again. I absolutely LOVE her audio narration. You can have a listen here:
That’s it! A HUGE thank you again to everyone for your amazing support. I really have just typed THE END on the next book (I must admit I was losing the plot a bit until you lot spurred me on). I’ll go and get on with finishing the decoration in the bedroom now (oh joy!), while I wait for my super-talented editor to make sense of it. Fingers crossed she can!
It’s no secret that I love this author’s writing. Her characters are compelling. I do have to admit to falling in love with her male characters. Yes, even those who are seemingly bad news. So, in The Cornish Affair, set in a family hotel with the evocative Cornish landscape as a backdrop, we have lustworthy Luke Carrack. With heartbreak and scandal in his background and turning local female heads, we just know he spells delicious trouble – cue the gossipmongers. Also, that his story is going to be a poignant one. His first encounter with Cat Trevelyan doesn’t go well. Let’s just say that Cat had one of those ‘please beam me up’ moments. As a result, Luke is less than impressed, rude and abrasive, in fact, which of course, rubs Cat up entirely the wrong way and causes the friction to fizz between them. Like I say, delicious. How could you not want to get your teeth into that?
A Cornish Affair, however, is about much more than the romance. Mystery and family secrets abound, and there are some fabulous twists, together with a thriller edge that really make this book stand out. Add that to Jo Lambert’s superb characterisation, and you have a story with real depth. Look out for Aunt Emelia – definitely a case of appearances deceive. As always with this author’s books, the resolution is perfect.
If you want cleverly written romance with intrigue and page-turning suspense, I would highly recommend A Cornish Affair.
Knowing Noelle Holten is a crime book junkie, reading and breathing crime thrillers, I was anticipating Dead Inside eagerly. I read the blurb a while back and was impressed by the unique premise. The book did not disappoint, ticking all the crime thriller boxes, and some, and the characterisation was excellent. The subject matter, domestic abuse, which also looks at the psychological aspect of abuse – important for me because that is often overlooked, or excused, sometimes by the sufferer, so insidious and manipulative is the abuser.
Noelle Holten brings her own experience working as a probation officer to the story, and she does it superbly, allowing the reader to immediately empathise with central character, Lucy Sherwood, whose job as a probation officer brings her into daily contact with domestic abusers. Even when it seems these criminals are itching to vent their frustrations regarding the system, Lucy handles herself. She’s competent. Behind closed doors, though, Lucy’s life has direct parallels with the victims of the people whose cases she handles. She lives each day of her life on tenterhooks, her overriding aim to protect ten-year-old Siobhan, her abuser’s daughter who she loves as her own.
Enter DC Maggie Jamieson. Dealing with her own family issues, she’s newly transferred to the Domestic Abuse and Homicide Unit and still haunted by the gruesome memories of her previous case. Her first new case is the grisly murder of a man linked to domestic abuse, which appears to be a vengeance killing. When more bodies are found, it’s soon apparent that the perpetrators of domestic abuse are being targeted. Maggie Jamieson and the DAHU team have a serial killer to track down. I have to say here, that I loved Maggie’s first day on the job. She is wrongfooted, but soon proves her worth. Again the characterisation shone through for me, each character having his own unique voice.
Our probation officer, Lucy, plays a key part as the investigation proceeds and the reader’s suspicion is aroused. The author has some clever twists, however, to keep you guessing – there’s a fabulous one at the end. No spoilers.
Dead Inside is a gritty, emotional, hard-hitting book that deals with delicate subjects. Bringing her own expertise to bear, the author writes frankly, assuredly and sensitively. If you love crime thrillers with a powerful story and strong characters you want to root for, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dead Inside. Highly.
So, that prologue… Wham! What a fabulously powerful opening to draw you in to this intriguingly dark psychological thriller. Told from the points of view of Beth, Victoria and Lydia, and alternating between past and present, What She Did explores the lives of these three women, looking at the sensitive subjects of domestic abuse and misogyny, as well as betrayal when a person is at their most vulnerable, but gives us a clever slant on who really has control in their relationships. With each chapter the tension builds, pausing perfectly at a place where you are desperate to find out what comes next. Oh, that bathroom scene. No spoilers, but I swear to God my heart skipped a beat. There was a point (the phone!) where I said – as in actually said out loud – Oh, no, and closed my eyes. Definitely as slow swallow down the throat moment. I lived it, I swear. Superbly written.
The resolution is jaw-dropping. If you love your psych thriller edgy, chilling and brilliantly twisty, I highly recommend What She Did.
Just in case I forgot to mention it 😄, THE MARRIAGE TRAP is set! My new psychological thriller from fab Bookouture is out on 30th July but available to pre-order right now. And how irresistible is this cover?
I am totally in ❤
My husband has been keeping secrets for a long time. He thinks I don’t know what he does outside of this house. But I know everything…
Karla watches silently as Jason hurriedly packs his belongings into a suitcase. She knows that her stillness is unnerving him as she watches his every move from the doorway of their bedroom.
Clothes are screwed up and packed into the case, along with a watch she bought him for his last birthday and his precious laptop. He takes everything from his bedside table. Everything except the framed wedding photo, which now stands alone. Karla strains to see the smiling faces in the photo. If only she knew then what she knows now.
‘I’ve fallen in love with someone else,’ he’d said to her, just moments earlier. The brutality of those words hit Karla hard and she struggled to breathe as she took in each word in turn.
You may think you know what Karla will do next. But you’ll be wrong. Because Karla isn’t who you think she is. Only she knows what’s about to happen. And you will never see it coming.
An absolutely gripping psychological thriller for readers who loved The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and The Other Woman. With twists you’ll never see coming, you will not be able to put this one down!
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the fantastically hardworking bloggers and reviewers and every single reader out there for reading my books. Authors write with you in mind. Knowing you have enjoyed our stories and care enough about our characters to want to share them with other readers is the best incentive ever for us to keep writing. So, in short, The Marriage Trap wouldn’t be coming out if not for you guys.
In regard to my other books, I’m thrilled beyond words to be told buy my fabulous editor recently that sales on the three beauties below are now in excess of 250,000 copies. How amazing is that? Words fail me. I know, I’m supposed to be writer! It’s all down to the support of people like you, my fab editor, Helen Jenner, and the fantastic Bookouture Team. Thank you SO much.
In other news, look out for The Babysitter published by Grand Central Publishing in trade paperback on July 9, 2019! Beyond thrilled!