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What’s Their Secret? TARA LYONS @taralyonsauthor confesses! #HerLastSecret


To celebrate #HerLastSecret going on sale, I’ve asked authors to share their secrets with me… Today it’s TARA LYON, author of the DI Hamilton series.

Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara’s debut solo novel published in March 2016, and republished by Bloodhound Books this year. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.

In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The third book in the DI Hamilton series, Deadly Friendship, was published in July 2017. When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son. 


Secret writing ritual…

I must have a new writing pad – usually with a quirky phrase or inspirational quote on the front – and a freshly sharpened pencil to write all the ideas for my next book.       

Secret writing snack…

A huge “share” bag of crisps… just for me!

Secret celebration when you finish a WIP…

I start reading a new book – I find it difficult to indulge in other stories while I’m writing my own, so I celebrate that evening with a cuppa, a snack and a new book.

‘Guilty secret’ read…

The Twilight Saga – I bloody loved every single book!

‘Guilty secret’ tv programme…

Hollyoaks – they’re all to glammed up for a “normal” day and someone’s always trying to kill someone else… but I can’t help myself.

Shared secret…

Unless it’s sweltering heat (which you don’t get too often in London), I HAVE to wear socks to bed… I know, I know, #PassionKiller 

Secret peek into your new WIP…

The next DI Hamilton book revolves around revenge. The team are caught up in a cat and mouse game after someone is snatched from their home. Ongoing questions will be answered in this book, but will Hamilton solve the mystery before he loses someone close to him?

Secret Santa… (If you could give a happy ending to any character who would it be, and what would you do?)

Funnily enough, it would be Adam from your book, Barbara, Flowers for the Dead. I don’t think I’ve felt a twinge of sympathy for a serial killer before. He deserves to find his princess… just without the whole murdering rage getting in the way.


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HER LAST SECRET is out on Friday 13th October. Lucky for you – unlucky for the Thomas family…

To pre-order or find our more, use the links below.





There are some secrets you can never tell.

The last thing to go through Dominique Thomas’s head was the image of her teenage daughter’s face and her heart lifted. Then the shot rang out.

They were the perfect family. Successful businessman Ben Thomas and his wife Dominique live an enviable life, along with their beautiful children; teenager Ruby and quirky younger daughter, Mouse.

But on Christmas Day the police are called to their London home, only to discover a horrific scene; the entire family lying lifeless, victims of an unknown assailant.

But when Ruby’s diary is discovered, revealing her rage at the world around her, police are forced to look closer to home for the key to this tragedy.

Each family member harboured their own dark truths – but has keeping their secrets pushed Ruby to the edge of sanity? Or are there darker forces at work?

This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, Sometimes I Lie, and The Girl on the Train will be captivated.

See what readers are saying about Barbara Copperthwaite:

‘My heart and guts were gripped and squeezed so tight I had trouble reading!…This broke my heart into so many pieces…I was left speechless by the flawless narration and the harrowing emotions that rushed through me until the very end.’ Chocolate and Waffles

‘A darkly addictive and creepy page turner that had me on the edge of my seat…the last few chapters were breathtakingly shocking with developments I hadn’t been expecting and the final pages were absolutely brilliant, leaving me with goosebumps!’ My Chestnut Reading Tree

‘Compelling, claustrophobic and horribly believable – a great read!’ B.A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown

‘It grips you by the throat and doesn’t let go. A tense, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting ride’Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice and Last Breath

‘Vividly written and absolutely gripping. I couldn’t put it down!’ The Genre Reader

‘There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing, leading all the way to a jaw-dropping ending that left me spinning.’ Novel Deelights

‘Gripping and shocking. Had me completely enthralled in the action…a story that got under my skin.’ Rachel’s Random Reads

‘A dark, compelling and unforgettable read that had me hooked. The final paragraph haunted me, long after I had finished reading.’ Brew and Books Review

‘Addictive, Thrilling, Captivating! I could not put this book down, it captures your interest from the very first page until the very last.’ Book Reviews by Nicole

‘It really did make for some very emotional reading…There was a twist which totally rocked me.’ By The Letter Book Reviews

‘Plenty of red herrings and twists…If you like psychological thrillers, you’ll love it.’ Consumer reviewer

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