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HER LAST SECRET makeover + GIVEAWAY #booklove #ThePerfectFriend #mustreads #HerLastSecret #psycholog

The makeover fairies at Bookouture have waved their magic wands over HER LAST SECRET – and come up with this incredible new cover. What do you think? I absolutely LOVE it. The ice-cold blue catches my eye and draws me in, and there is something so sinister about the branches reaching across the image, hemming the woman in until it feels claustrophobic. Whatever her secret is, it’s all-consuming and terrible, the cover seems to be telling me…

Covers are so important to me, and I firmly believe they make a difference to readers, too. What do you think? For example, when I saw the cover of THE PERFECT FREIND, I couldn’t have been happier – not just because it’s an eye-catching yellow, but of the way it so cleverly encapsulates the atmosphere of the content.


The title is The Perfect Friend, but of course things are never going to be that simple in a psychological thriller. The colour captures the brilliant friendship at the heart of the book, but look closer at the shade of yellow chosen, and it’s slightly deeper than sunshine, hinting at the clouds that will soon be rolling in, and the storm ahead. The woman stands with her back to the reader, oblivious to the danger coming her way, and the fact she is viewed through the smashed hole in the picture gives an almost voyeuristic feel. Someone is watching her.

Then of course there is the sinister fracture running through the entire image, including the title itself, splintering reality for the characters involved. Finally, the clever touch of red in the tagline acts as a siren of danger. This is echoed in the new cover for Her Last Secret.



Some secrets you can never tell.

Everyone thinks the Thomases are the perfect family: grand London house, gorgeous kids.

They don’t know wife Dominique is a paranoid wreck. They don’t know husband Ben is trapped in a web of deceit. They don’t know daughter Ruby lives in fear of the next abusive text. But someone knows all their secrets.

Can the lies that bind them tear them apart?

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GIVEAWAY! How to enter

From 28 July until 8 August inclusive, my posts on this blog will be followed by a question about the content. Find the answer, and then either comment on the post or email

Every person who answers correctly will be entered into a prize draw. The competition closes at midnight UK time on Friday 3 August. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on Friday 10 August.

** Today’s question is: What’s the name of the family that feature in HER LAST SECRET? Let me know! **

What am I giving away?

ONE lucky winner will receive a SIGNED COPY of The Perfect Friend.

TWO lucky winners will receive a SIGNED COPY of Her Last Secret.

ONE lucky winner will receive a SIGNED COPY of Flowers For The Dead.

ONE very lucky winner will have a CHARACTER NAMED AFTER THEM in my next book. *


As well as this competition, check out Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, for more ways to enter over the next seven days. You can enter as many times as you want!

* Please note that the character will have your name but will not be based in any way upon you or any person living or dead. Any similarities are coincidence. They may be a good person or a bad person – they could even be a killer. So be prepared! The part they play may be large or small. Entry into the competition is taken as agreement to these conditions. Thank you.

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