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COVER REVEAL! The Girl In The Missing Poster #TheGirlInTheMissingPoster #FindLeila #psychologicalthr

So here it is! The cover for my new psychological thriller THE GIRL IN THE MISSING POSTER. What do you think?

This moment feels like standing at the top of a mountain it’s taken years to climb. Now, I’m here, admiring the view, congratulating myself on getting this far – and am about to celebrate by leaping from the summit. Will I plunge to the bottom and make a terrible mess? Or will I soar? Who can say, but either way, just reaching the top has been an incredible achievement, after my writing career took a forced pause when chronic illness struck. By the time THE GIRL IN THE MISSING POSTER is published, it will have been almost three years since my last book, The Perfect Friend came out. It’s been a struggle to return to writing, but I can’t tell you how proud I am of this book, and hope you become as entranced by fiesta, stubborn Stella Hawkins as I am. So, enough about me, here’s the description:

MISSING – Have you seen this girl? Nineteen-year-old Leila Hawkins was last seen on 24 June, 1994, when she left her parents’ anniversary party early and ran into the stormy night wearing her twin sister Stella’s long red coat. She was never seen again.

I wrap my arms around the tree trunk, pressing my cheek against it until the bark digs in and the missing poster is finally secured. I try not to look at the photograph on it. At the features so similar to mine. Perhaps this will be the year someone comes forward.

Were crucial mistakes made by detectives from the very beginning?

Could the pressure of living two lives have led my sister to run away – or even end it?

Or did someone in her tight circle of friends and family have reason to want her gone?

Someone out there must know something.

But the last thing I ever expect is a direct response from the person who took Leila. Wracked with guilt and completely alone in the world without the other half of me, I have no choice but to agree to his strange request: private, intimate details of my life in return for answers.

As the final moments of my sister’s life play out before me, I feel closer to her than I ever dreamed I’d be again. So close, it could almost be happening to me. But when I finally realise who is behind this terrifying tragedy, will I make it out alive?

What reviewers have said about my other books: 

ALLTHE STARS!… If it’s twists you are looking for then READ THIS BOOK!… 5 stars across the board… *INSERT STANDING OVATION HERE*’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

WOW!! This book!!! Holy cow!!! So many lies… who can be trusted? NO ONE!!… I had to keep reading. So many twists and turns throughout the whole book… a psychological thriller unlike any other!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘This book is so good. I literally couldn’t put it down… it kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn’t want the book to end but I needed to know what had happened… This is one of my fav books…WOW!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

WOW – I am speechless… I am absolutely blown away by this book… really, reallygot under my skin… I feel slightly dizzy now and need a lie-down with a soft pillow and lots of chocolate.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

OMFG this is her best book yet!!… just blew everything else out of the water. Seriously. This book had me on edgemy poor nerves were shattered. Buy it, read it, love it! This book gets ALL the stars from me!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘A darkly addictive and creepy page turner that had me on the edge of my seat… breathtakingly shocking… the final pages were absolutely brilliant. Left me with goosebumps!’ My Chestnut Reading Tree , 5 stars

I’d love to know what you think about the cover and description – please do let me know! And if you like it, it would be lovely if you could share it on social media. I’d be so grateful!

THE GIRL IN THE MISSING POSTER will be published on 23 February 2021, but is available for pre-order NOW! Simply click on

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