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I am a Top-Ten-Kindle bestselling author, published by HarperCollins. I like to write about settings I know, but give them a dark twist.
My latest thriller, The Roommates, is set at a fictional university during freshers’ week. I picked this setting as I recently returned to university to do a research degree in creative freedom, and I also knew a fair bit about freshers due to my children both going to uni. I’m relieved to say my first year of studies has been far less sinister than the one my student characters faced.
I have twice lived on a street in Germany like the one featured in my bestseller The Perfect Neighbours and I used the experience as the backdrop for the novel. Thankfully my real neighbours were nothing like the disturbing characters I created in this creepy chiller.
When I wrote the light police procedural The Good Teacher, I created the fictional setting of Penbury, based on my favourite town of Shrewsbury where I used to live.
I grew up in Lincolnshire, spent several years living in Germany and now live in Gloucestershire with my family. Until recently I worked in libraries management before becoming a full-time writer. My hobbies are swimming, and visiting country estates and coffee shops. I also like going to the theatre and hope we’ll be allowed to go again soon. I am a previous winner of Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition and have been placed or shortlisted in various competitions, including the Bristol Short Story Prize. My stories have appeared in My Weekly and the Accent Press Saucy Shorts series.
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Four students. Four secrets. One devastating lie.
University is supposed to be the best time of your life. But Imo’s first week is quickly going from bad to worse.
A stalker is watching her flat, following her every move, and Imo suspects that her new roommates are hiding dark secrets…
When one of them suddenly disappears, the trauma of Imo’s recent past comes hurtling back to haunt her. And she begins to realise just how little she knows about the people she lives with…
‘Gripping. We loved this book … full of twists and turns’ Closer
‘Deliciously dark & twisty… a gripping page-turner’ Woman’s Weekly
Even the good have to die.
A beloved teacher is murdered and left in a ditch beside a country lane. His wife is found beaten and gagged in their suburban home.
Even the best schools have secrets.
New detective Pippa Adams learns that the teacher ran a homework club for vulnerable pupils. But what did he really teach them?
Even the perfect family has something to hide.
When Pippa scratches the surface of the school community, she meets families who’ve learned a shattering lesson. And finally uncovers the good teacher’s darkest secrets…
‘One hell of an addictive read … 5* out of 5*’ The Ginger Book Geek
‘A smashing book and very well worth reading’ Linda’s Book Bag
‘One of those read in one sitting page turners with engaging characters and a good twisty plot’ Liz Loves Books
Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret…
When Helen moves abroad with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to meet her fellow expat teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare.
As soon as the charming family across the way welcome Helen into their home, she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Then Gary starts to behave strangely and a child goes missing, vanished without a trace.
When violence and tragedy strike, cracks appear in the community, and Helen realises her perfect neighbours are capable of almost anything…
‘Dark, claustrophobic and suffused with a creeping sense of menace, The Perfect Neighbours builds to a shocking climax. I thoroughly enjoyed it’ Alex Lake, bestselling author of After Anna
Where better to hide a crime than in a war?
In 1915 Sara Winwood writes a diary. It begins as a grand adventure for Sara and five other newly enlisted sisters in the Australian Army Nursing Service, heading into the unknown to do their bit in a distant war.
But on board the hospital ship Gascon, adventure turns to ordeal. The women face an unrelenting barrage of blood, death and disease with only the fortitude and humour of their patients – shrapnel-filled men scraped off the hostile cliffs of the Gallipoli peninsula – to keep them going.
They don’t just see war; they touch, taste and breathe it.
‘This well-written and vivid novel is a truly compelling narrative of one of the worst military disasters of the first world war. If you enjoy historical fiction, I would highly recommend this book.’ Nursing Standard
‘I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the First World War, especially the women’s role…Verdict: A well-written account of life on a hospital ship.’ Soldier Magazine