The Perfect Friend: A gripping psychological thriller

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She’ll do anything for you…

My name is Alex, and my world has been shattered.
My husband has left me.
My children won’t speak to me.
My friend Carrie is the only person I have.
She’s the only one I can trust to keep all my secrets. 
She’d never do anything to let me down. 
Would she? 

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

Readers are raving about The Perfect Friend:

I just read my new favorite book of 2018! ALL THE STARS!... combined all the things that make a psychological thriller keep you up all night but she managed to flip everything you think you know, quite a few times!...If it’s twists you are looking for then READ THIS BOOK! This is now my new favorite twisty book!...I give this book 5 stars across the board. Cheers to Ms. Copperthwaite for rockin my world with this book...*INSERT STANDING OVATION HERE*’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer

WOW!! This book!!! Holy cow!!! So many lies... who can be trusted? NO ONE!! I wasn't sure what was going to happen next but I had to keep reading. So many twists and turns throughout the whole book…I highly recommend this one if you're looking for a psychological thriller unlike any other!’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer 

‘I kept guessing until the very end … I would definitely recommend this gripping and twisty book to any thriller lover out there!’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Crazy twisty story. Had me actually gasp a couple of times. Just read it, it's that good.’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer

‘Very well written. I love how her writing quickly draws you into the storyline and you are hooked from the start…I was definitely shocked a few times, in a good way!...A must read for fans of thrillers.’ Books on the Bookshelf

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 favorite books from 2018… WOW!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer

terrific, tense and terrifying, twisty thriller…Just when I think she can't possibly get any better, my favourite writer of dark and daring deeds blows my socks offThe Perfect Friend scared me so much I really don't think I'll ever dare trust anyone, ever again!’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer

Praise for Barbara Copperthwaite:

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

‘OMFG this is Barbara Copperthwaite’s best book yet!! … just blew everything else out of the water. Seriously. This book had me on edge … my poor nerves were shattered. Buy it, read it, love it! This book gets ALL the stars from me!’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer

‘OMG … I was well and truly hooked … had me guessing right until the very end! … I am blown away. I cannot recommend this enough … without a doubt a must read.’ (5 stars) Chelle’s Book Reviews

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!’ (5 stars) My Chestnut Reading Tree

Addictive, Thrilling, Captivating! I could not put this book down, it captures your interest from the very first page until the very last! … You will literally be screaming WHAT??!! An amazing read for any fan of books!… This book hit it all and I loved every second of it!(5 stars) Book Reviews by Nicole

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Publisher
Bookouture
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Published on
Jul 5, 2018
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Pages
350
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ISBN
9781786815484
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Noir
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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‘WOW – I am absolutely blown away… this book really, really got under my skin. I feel slightly dizzy now and need a lie-down with a soft pillow and lots of chocolate.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘OMFG this is Barbara Copperthwaite’s best book yet!! … just blew everything else out of the water. Seriously. This book had me on edge…my poor nerves were shattered. Buy it, read it, love it!’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Gripped from page one until the very end…A great rollercoaster of a story!! Wow, wow, wow!! Five stars!!’ Stardust Book Reviews

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?

A gripping psychological thriller that will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will be hooked.

See what readers are saying about Her Last Secret:

‘OMG… I was well and truly hooked… had me guessing right until the very end!… I am blown away. I cannot recommend this enough… without a doubt a must read’ Chelle’s Book Reviews

‘OH MY WORD! This is a fantastic read!...intense and terrifying…an absolutely gripping read. I was totally immersed…Outstanding, I highly recommend!’ Chat About Books

‘Thrilling and captivating! A tangled web of lies and secrets is masterfully woven in this psychological thriller…I was hooked right from page one… a big fat 5 stars from me, I totally recommend this book.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk

‘An enthralling read that draws you in the further you get into it whilst getting darker and darker. Totally jaw dropping stuff. Loved it’ By The Letter Book Reviews

‘Her Last Secret is a dark, unsettling and addictive read that will reel you in and keep you hooked from the very first page.’ Brew and Books Review

‘Shocking, breath taking, gripping and heart-breaking, at one point I was almost in tears. I absolutely loved this well-written, emotional roller coaster, the twists in the story keep you hooked, trying to work out what happened that night. Highly recommended.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime

‘I loved everything about this book from beginning to end… It's with books like this that I wish I could read faster than I do. A simply terrific read.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘This book absolutely consumed me from start to finish and even when I wasn't reading it i was thinking about it. It is totally gripping and there were so many twists my head was spinning – an absolutely fantastic read!’ Goodreads reviewer

‘What a book! I genuinely think this is one of the best books I've ever read, I sat and read it in one go. I couldn't guess how it was going to end and didn't anticipate the epilogue. A gripping page turner that had me in tears towards the end.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘I'm still open mouthed at the finale. It was so cleverly crafted…this book is compelling, unputdownable…if you are a fan of books that surprise you, then this is the book for you.’ Rachel’s Random Reads

‘This book had me gripped from the very first few pages…This really was a page turner - you are desperate to read more.’ Bookworms and Shutterbugs

‘Absolutely superb, she's only gone and done it again - did NOT want to put this book down!!’ Donna’s Book Blog

‘Brilliant!… The perfect thriller… Has it all… I loved reading every moment of this!… Will have you hooked’ Gemma’s Book Reviews

‘You’ve got to help me.’

On a wet road in the black of night, Karl Seabury is driving home to his pregnant wife. Suddenly, caught in his headlights in the middle of the road is a woman shaking with fright.

The woman says her name is Liz Smith, that her home was attacked, and that she was the only one to escape.

In a split-second decision, Karl decides to help her to safety. But can he really trust her? Or has he put his family in danger?  

An absolutely unputdownable thriller, with twist after twist after twist, that will leave you breathless. Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, John Marrs and Harlan Coben. 

Readers are absolutely loving The Choice:

‘I was completely spooked! … Set my nerves on edge… Fast-paced and the action just kept on coming… A great twist … Highly recommended!’ Stardust Book Reviews

‘Wow… Thrilling, fast paced… Bound to get your heart pumping … You won't want to put this story down … Plenty of twists and unexpected turns to keep the reader hooked until the last page.’ Gemma’s Book Reviews

‘A compelling storyline. Fast paced and lots of action, it's just how I like my thrillers. And the twist in the middle – well I didn't see that coming… A rip-roaring tale and well worth a read.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘One of the best crime novels I have read! A heart-pounding, nerve racking, absolutely thrilling story, superbly written, taking the reader on a daring, twisted ride. Amazing plot that shocks and astounds in equal measure. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it to everyone.’ Renita D’Silva

‘The Choice by author Jake Cross was great. It was fast paced, intense and had you wanting more. I read and finished the book within just a few days.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Keeps you gripped all the way through. An excellent read.’ Kindle 4 Me Blog, 5 stars

‘Cleverly written with a plot which will blow you away… Without a doubt I would recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘I was hooked straight away… Lots of suspense and a great build up to the ending…. Highly recommended!’ Donna’s Book Blog

‘It will stay with me for a while to come … I just couldn’t put the book down.’ Ginger Book Geek

‘I loved this thriller with lots of twists… Look forward to reading another book by this author.’ My Read Books

‘Wonderful book and can't wait to see what's next.’ Sean’s Book Reviews

‘Couldn't tear my eyes away’. The Writing Garnet

‘Seriously I can not recommend it enough… From the end of the very first sentence I was entranced… will certainly make my top ten… I was gripped, I endured, I didn't have a clue and I survived it all. This book is something else.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

When city girl Shona moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, she believes that all that lies ahead for her family is happiness.

 

But with Mikey working long hours away from home, the frightening isolation of the Scottish countryside begins to get to Shona. She feels lonely and trapped.

 

That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina. Valentina enters Shona’s life like a whirlwind, bringing excitement and spontaneity to replace boredom and fear.

 

Now Shona has the perfect home, the perfect man, and the perfect new best friend – or does she?

 

As Shona’s fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood outside becomes the least of her fears...

 

From Amazon chart bestseller S.E. Lynes, Valentina is an unputdownable thriller with a twist that will take your breath away. Fans of Gone Girl, The Woman at the Window and The Wife Between Us will be gripped!

 

What readers are saying about S.E. Lynes:

 

'Wow, wow, wow... I absolutely devoured this book. An absolute must read.' Into the Reading Corner

 

‘Move over Gone Girl, you’ve got company on the top shelf.’ Read & Rated Book Reviews

 

'An intelligent psychological drama with a gasp-making twist.' Good Housekeeping – thriller of the month

 

‘I found myself completely consumed by this book, I was moved to tears … will suck you right up and spit you out at the other end as an emotional wreck … There are not enough stars or words strong enough to do this book justice’ Chapter In My Life, 5 stars

 

'Oh my! So many twists and turns in this book! I couldn’t stop reading just waiting to see what’s next! Then, oh my goodness, I didn’t see that coming! I literally couldn’t put it down... Exhilarating!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I am struggling to put into words exactly how good this book is… downright chilling… I truly can't wait for her next one!! I have no doubt that this will be in my top reads of 2017! 5 MASSIVE stars.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I didn't want to put it down and by 80% I was knocking it back like tequila. I was so engrossed in it during my lunch break today that I was 15 minutes late going back to work … 5 big fat stars from me, I would give it so many more if I could and I will be shouting its praise from the rooftops for a long time to come.' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Gave me goosebumps, made my heart race and my blood run cold… it is pure genius… A very easy five stars from me, I'd give it more if I could.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Wow! What a book!... So many twists, none of which I saw coming!... One of the best thrillers I have read!’ Renita D’Silva

 

'A thrilling read, this book has twists and turns galore and I devoured it in one sitting!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘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, 5 stars

 

A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret.

Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village.

Nothing can shake her happiness - until the day that Beth goes missing and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home.

Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter’s attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won’t they talk? 

As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harbouring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie’s life in terrible danger…

A completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming. Fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister and Before I Let You In will be captivated.

What readers are saying about The Darkest Lies:

‘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, 5 stars

 

‘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 Bryndyza, author of The Girl in the Ice and Last Breath

‘Vividly written and absolutely gripping. I couldn't put it down!’ The Genre Reader, 5 stars

‘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, 5 stars

‘Gripping and shocking. Had me completely enthralled in the action…a story that got under my skin.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars

‘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, 5 stars

‘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, 5 stars

‘It really did make for some very emotional reading...There was a twist which totally rocked me.’ By The Letter Book Reviews, 4 stars

‘Plenty of red herrings and twists…If you like psychological thrillers, you’ll love it.’ Consumer reviewer, 5 stars

When Ella wakes up in hospital following a hit and run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon.

 

But Ella has never been married…

 

Absolutely love twisty and unputdownable psychological thrillers like Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and Gone Girl? Then you will be totally hooked by this jaw-dropping novel about the dangerous secrets behind a perfect marriage.

 

What readers are saying about The Liar’s Wife:

‘Oh my freaking god! What a fabulous and intriguing read… this is definitely the best book I’ve read by her YET!... I absolutely loved this shocker of a book… left me stunned, as to the why, well you are just going to have to read the book and see… One of the most exciting psychological thrillers I’ve read all year… just buy it you won’t disappointed I promise.’ The Book Review Café, 5 stars

 

‘This book was INSANE… The plot twist at the end slapped me in the face and I am still in shock about it!! I COMPLETELY recommend this if you’re a fan of books like “The Girl on the Train”, “The Woman in the Window”, and “Gone Girl”.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘A brilliant and gripping thriller! It’s very fast-paced (I was racing through to find out what happened)!’ Cloud of Thoughts, 5 stars

 

‘Pushes all the right buttons from the off and continues to push them right up until the last page. The story is mesmerising as it draws you in and won’t let go (well didn’t me) and at times I had to reign myself back from wanting to find out the outcome, NOW!!... The ending will shock you and left me reeling a bit if I’m honest. In my top 3 reads of this year… Awesome… wonderful… 10/10, 5 stars.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Wow!... grabs your full attention and keeps it until the very end… This read kept me wondering where it was all going and I could not wait until the end to find out… You will not regret picking this one up!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Writing that gets the hairs standing up on the back of my neck… A fast-paced psychological thriller of the finest order… chillingly good.’ nigeladamsbookworm, 5 stars

 

‘Holy cow, all I can say is this is one of those books that will have you craving more… be ready for the shock that might just blow your mind… Riveting, chilling, thrilling, and absolutely shocking'!!! A must read for any thriller lover!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Just couldn't tear myself away no matter how hard I tried… A seriously compulsive read that you won't want to put down. It was an addictive read that I couldn't get enough of and the build-up of tension was just off the scale. You know how great a book is when your heart is still racing hours after finishing the book as the adrenaline was still coursing through my body. Compulsive, addictive, what more do you need from a psychological thriller?’ bytheletterbookreviews, 5 stars

 

‘OMG this was one of the best psychological thrillers I have read! The ending will shock you!... This is a must read!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Yessss! This book is compulsively readable, so much so that I did the thing where I walked all over my house with it today, greedily consuming page after page as I pretended to do other things and hoped no one needed anything... Woot, woot, is this a thrilling, suspenseful, surprising and altogether satisfying journey! WOW!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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