He sees her. The one. The sunglasses don’t fool anyone, she is clearly upset, her nose and lips swollen from crying. They are two lost souls and he knows his love can help her. After all, she is not the first girl he has followed home…
Adam is the perfect boyfriend. He pays attention, he buys flowers. He knows everything about Laura and looks after her every need. He cooks, he cleans – he even does the dishes without being asked.
But Laura has never met Adam. Still grieving after a devastating car crash that killed her family, she’s forgetful and struggling to pull her life together. She’d be horrified to know the depth of this unsettling fantasy in which she is the star. But there’s no denying the chill she feels every time she finds another elaborate bouquet on her doorstep, or wakes in the night sensing she is not alone.
Adam has been watching her every move, and now it’s time to act. Except, there’s one little detail he’s missed: Laura has been watching him too.
After everything she’s been through, Laura’s ready to fight back and stop being the victim in her own life story. But in Adam’s world, there are no happy endings…
An unputdownable thriller guaranteed to have you sleeping with the light on and questioning everything you think you know about serial-killer thrillers!
What readers say about FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD
"Enthralling, tense and moving," Real People magazine
"A chillingly drawn serial killer. Will have you looking over your shoulder and under your bed... Original, gripping, with a deep psychological impact," Sunday Mirror
"A terrific way to change up the game in a thriller novel," Comfy Reading
"A very creepy and intense read. Had me right on the edge of my seat," By The Letter Book Reviews
"Mesmerising, terrifying, intriguing, very unsettling, totally compulsive and a fantastic read. Barbara makes the chilling and dark, the absurd and horrific, into easy reading. This is, without a moment's hesitation, one of my books of the year," Being Anne
"The most perfectly horrific, moving and twisted story one could possibly imagine, done with the most impeccable panache by talented author Barbara Copperthwaite. Bravo!" Beady Jan Book Reviews
"WOW Flowers for the Dead is one of the most terrifying novels you will ever read," Postcard Reviews
"One hell of a white knuckle ride," Chelle's Book Reviews
"There are so many reasons why I loved this book I'm not sure where to start. The story is beautifully written," The Haphazardous Hippo
"I was completely enthralled," Portobello Book Blog
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY OF FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD
LIFE was hectic. I was busy writing Invisible during my train commute every morning and evening (when I could manage to get a seat), and perhaps snatching a moment during lunchbreaks. I had also just taken voluntary redundancy from my job, so was trying to tie up loose ends before I left, and organise moving from my home in Colchester to Birmingham to be with my partner. With so much on my mind, sometimes I was a bit forgetful.
One day I opened my fridge to use the last of my milk. But it wasn't the last, there was another full carton beside it that I must have bought and forgotten about.
"It must have been me, there's no one else who could have done it," I shrugged to myself. Then I laughed: "Unless there's a crazed stalker breaking in just to leave me milk."
From that moment came the inspiration for Adam, a stalker who wants to do kind, thoughtful things for the woman he loves. Right up until the moment he kills her. I kept thinking about how creepy it would be to have someone doing things around your home, and how easy it would be at first to write them off as absent-mindedness. No one would realise what Adam was doing until it was too late...
This book was rejected by agents and publishers who all said that although they loved the story, characters, writing, etc, they thought readers wouldn't buy a book with a serial killer as a main character. So I self-published through Amazon - and readers disagreed in their droves! It was even named the Sunday Mirror's Choice Read, beating global sensation Lee Child.
Now, the fabulous Bookouture are republishing it so it can reach a wider audience!
It’s been re-edited and given a gorgeous new cover. 💐🥀🌹🥀💐
If you haven’t yet read Flowers For The Dead, it will be published on 16 September, but is available for pre-order NOW on Kobo, Amazon, GoogleBooks and Apple iBooks.