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!
When you wake in the morning and you are still inhabiting the characters’ world you know you have read a remarkable psychological thriller. Who Killed Ruby is just such a book. Well researched and cleverly written, the intricately woven plot is so suspenseful, it leaves you screaming to know who Jack Delaney is – the man accused of the murder, the man who now, many years later, holds someone hostage. He will kill her if he doesn’t get what he wants. This we know. I hate spoilers so I won’t say what he wants or how we know he will carry out his threat, but we are left in no doubt – Jack Delaney has nothing left to lose, and Ruby’s sister, Vivienne, is in danger of losing everything. There are an array of characters within the story and each one feeds off the other beautifully, painting a believable backdrop to Vivienne and Ruby’s formative years. The conclusion is highly satisfying, if perhaps leaving you a little wistful for what might have been for Vivienne. I was totally immersed in this book, right there in the pages, thanks to the author’s skilful writing. Extraordinary storytelling. Disturbing, taut and utterly compelling, Who Killed Ruby ticks all the psych thriller boxes. Definitely a book I would highly recommend.
If you want to be smiling 2% into a story, Amazing Grace is the book for you. I was totally empathising with Grace immediately and wanted to beam myself into the kitchen when she was agonising over the dreaded invitation and give her a firm hug. As a single mum, I found Grace’s angst about her looks and her identity crisis totally relatable to. However, I think most women would, mother, married, single… whatever. Grace is real, someone you could easily imagine meeting in the supermarket. Or the swishing shop! What a brilliant idea! Grace’s story is about a woman who is full of self-doubt and needs to learn to love herself. It’s also about the loneliness of single-parenthood and the grief that never quite goes away over the loss of a mother, particularly when you might have lost her at a time when you needed her most. The letters from Grace’s mum are poignant tearjerkers. Trust me, you will go through the whole gamut of emotions reading this book, from chuckling out loud to weeping. As many would know, learning to love yourself is not so easy when your self-confidence has been corroded away by a twit of an ex who didn’t appreciate the gorgeous, loving, intelligent woman he had. And then he wants her back? Ride on, Mark. Thank God for best friends who are there with a shoulder and skills to give Grace a successful makeover. Best show them the door when they suggest the internet dating though. And then we have Vinnie, the very worthy gardener, and you so want Grace to choose him, providing he can prove himself worthy in her son Archie’s eyes. He’s a gem. You can see why any mum would pour her love into him.
Amazing Grace is a delightfully refreshing, funny, heart-warming and poignant story. The author’s voice is distinctive and honest. I loved it and would highly recommend it.
Betray Her is exquisitely written. I identified with the narrator so profoundly through her grief at one point, I literally stopped breathing. Alternating between present and past, this is a cleverly woven story, full of passion and intrigue, sexual tension and desperate longing. Two girls, poles apart in their early upbringing, are drawn together at boarding school to form an unlikely friendship that endures into adulthood. But as we examine the friendship, going back to the musty halls of the boarding school, forward into the girls’ teenage years, on to the present, it’s clear that the friendship is not all that it seems. There are secrets under the surface, secrets that shaped who the women now are. There is jealousy and manipulation, co-dependency to a degree. Their relationship is tumultuous and, with a man in the mix who is married to one friend, but has a history with the other, there is a tinderbox of emotion simply waiting for a spark to ignite it, bringing us the final explosive conclusion. I was fascinated by this book, in awe of the writing. Mesmerising storytelling. A taut, tantalising thriller and one I would highly recommend.