The most twisty British psychological thrillers

Who am I?

I’m the author of 17 twisty psychological thrillers, many of which are Amazon bestsellers. Most of them are set in southern England where I live. My life was tipped upside down in 2015 when I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Although I have a masters in writing and was traditionally published for non-fiction, I hadn’t been brave enough to put my fiction out in the world. Cancer changed that. I’m now a full-time author, writing about scary things that happen to ordinary people. I’m also an avid reader of thrillers and enjoy nothing more than reading a book with an ending that makes me gasp!


I wrote...

What She Knew

By Miranda Rijks,

Book cover of What She Knew

What is my book about?

They thought they'd buried their secrets with her. They were wrong. Life has been good to Stephanie. Married to a college professor, she lives in a beautiful London house. It hasn’t always been like this. Nine years ago, Stephanie’s flatmate Alison vanished, presumed murdered. When a true crime TV researcher wants to interview her about the case, Stephanie must confront the past – what really happened to Alison?

It soon becomes clear that someone doesn’t want her digging for the truth and is willing to do anything to conceal a shocking web of lies. As her perfect life unravels, Stephanie realises she has woken a sleeping monster. And now her own life is on the line…

The books I picked & why

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The Phone Call

By AJ Campbell,

Book cover of The Phone Call

Why this book?

This is a gritty, fast-paced story about Joey, a young man who is down on his luck but trying to support his family after the death of his father. He makes one bad decision which sets off a twisting chain of events that have a devastating impact on many people’s lives. The Phone Call is a beautifully written book, with well-fleshed-out characters set in an ordinary town that could be anywhere in Britain today. This book lived on in my head for a long time after I finished reading it.

The Phone Call

By AJ Campbell,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Phone Call as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

THE LATEST NOVEL FROM AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR AJ CAMPBELL

‘The Phone Call is a rollercoaster read full of twists and turns and gasp-out-loud moments. I was hooked from the first page to the last.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ AJ McDine, author of No One I Knew

A single phone call can destroy your life.
Joey Clarke was just fifteen when his dad died, leaving him to raise his much younger siblings as his mum dealt with the trauma of bereavement and her failing health. Ten years on, Joey’s only pleasure is spending time with his friend Becca, the love of his life. It’s…


Here To Stay

By Mark Edwards,

Book cover of Here To Stay

Why this book?

For me this is the epitome of a twisty domestic thriller, the sort of thing that could possibly happen if you have the in-laws from hell. Gemma and Elliott have a whirlwind romance and just a couple of weeks after they marry, Gemma asks if her parents and sister can come to stay. The tension and conflicts increase at breakneck speed but at the end of the book, I thought I had it all worked out. And then I gasped out aloud. Mark Edwards pulls off a truly shocking twist. This is the book I wish I had written! It’s fabulous.

Here To Stay

By Mark Edwards,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Here To Stay as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"Mark Edwards always delivers! Taut, gripping, scary and original - a fabulous read!"-Robert Bryndza, #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author

A beautiful home. A loving wife. And in-laws to die for.

Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot's life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is keen to oblige - he just doesn't quite know what he's signing up for.

The Robinsons arrive with Gemma's sister, Chloe, a mysterious young woman who refuses to speak or leave her room. Elliot…


The Couple Upstairs

By Shalini Boland,

Book cover of The Couple Upstairs

Why this book?

Shalini Boland is one of the authors who got me hooked on psychological thrillers and when she releases a new book, it’s an automatic buy for me. The Couple Upstairs is set in Bournemouth (on the south coast) and features Nina and Zac who move into a new apartment. They quickly befriend their neighbours and soon all sorts of things start to go wrong. There’s a wonderfully claustrophobic feel to this book, plenty of twists and turns and a shocker twist at the end.

The Couple Upstairs

By Shalini Boland,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Couple Upstairs as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

I should never have become friends with the couple upstairs…

The first time I step inside this cosy apartment with its sash windows, just minutes from the sea, I think it would be the perfect place for me and my partner Zac to start again. A chance to leave our troubled past behind.

Chris and Vanessa, the couple upstairs, are so welcoming: smiles, flowers, a home-baked cake. It’s strange how he does all the talking, and she seems so shy, but I’m just thrilled to have new friends nearby.

But everything starts to go wrong… my business begins to crumble,…


The Lodger

By Valerie Keogh,

Book cover of The Lodger

Why this book?

Set predominantly in London, this is a cracking psychological thriller about a woman who offers a room in her flat to a waitress she sees in her local coffee shop every morning. Valerie brings a realism to her books and this was a fabulous page-turner. It touches upon relationships, explores how well do we really know the people we’re closest to, and how one innocent deed can lead to a catastrophic chain of events. Valerie is another automatic buy author for me.

The Lodger

By Valerie Keogh,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Lodger as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The brilliant new psychological thriller from bestseller Valerie Keogh.

'A wonderful book, I can't rate this one highly enough. If only there were ten stars, it's that good. Valerie Keogh is a master story-teller, and this is a masterful performance.' Bestselling author Anita Waller.

She's in your home...

Leigh Simon can't say for sure what made her do it. A moment of madness, perhaps, but when the young, loud and gorgeous waitress at her favorite coffee shop reveals she is homeless, Leigh offers her the empty room in her house.

In your head...

Gina is the perfect lodger; Leigh, lonely…


The Woman on the Bench

By Eliot Stevens,

Book cover of The Woman on the Bench

Why this book?

Not only is this a great story but I think it’s beautifully written, even more exceptional because this is Stevens’ debut. Quite often, psychological thrillers are such page-turners, the reader doesn’t properly appreciate the words. I think that Elliot Stevens achieves both literary finesse and fast-paced action in this book. Set in London and the south of England, it’s tightly woven with an original premise, and as a bonus, has a fabulous twist at the end. Mark and Cecilia seem to have the perfect life, until he meets Alice. But he can’t leave Cecilia because she knows too much…

The Woman on the Bench

By Eliot Stevens,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Woman on the Bench as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

At last, Mark has found the perfect woman. There’s just one small problem – his wife.

Married couple Mark and Cecilia seem to have it all – looks, wealth, love. But behind closed doors, things are very different – they live in silent resentment, their marriage broken by the shattering loss of the child they so desperately wanted.

Enter Alice – Mark’s idea of the perfect woman. She appears from nowhere and offers Mark the chance of a new life filled with love, passion, and – finally – the joys of parenthood. Everything he’s ever dreamed of.

But there’s a…


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