Bad Little Girl: A gripping psychological thriller with a BRILLIANT twist

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‘I’m not safe – you have to help me…’

Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet and school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.

As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna’s bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe. 

Just when Claire thinks she has protected Lorna, a chance encounter brings enigmatic stranger Marianne Cairns into their lives. Marianne seems generous and kind but there is something about her story that doesn’t quite add up. Why does she feel so at home, and why is Lorna suddenly so unsettled? 

Claire has risked everything to save Lorna. But what can save Claire from the shocking truth?

An utterly unputdownable and darkly compelling read that will have fans of The Girl on the TrainThe Sister, and Gone Girl absolutely hooked.
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Publisher
Bookouture
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Published on
Feb 22, 2017
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781786811202
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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‘Wow, Wow and Wow what a book… What a twist! What an ending!... Big 5 fat stars for this book… I loved it.’ 5 stars, Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Had me hooked, intrigued and gripped… If you enjoyed Gone Girl this is a book you will enjoy.’ Gemma’s Book Reviews

‘Everything I had hoped it would be (and much, much more)!... I found myself reading way past my bedtime because I couldn’t put it down… A fantastic thriller that will knock your socks off.’ 5 stars, Steph and Chris Book Reviews

 

He loves you. He’d do anything for you. But you shouldn’t trust him.

Jenny hasn’t had an easy time of it – she’s a devoted caretaker to her chronically ill mother – but at last things are beginning to look up. Through writing about her experience online she’s discovered new friends – a whole community of people who understand what she’s going through. And when a shy young man called David gets in touch to ask her on a date – well, it feels like all her dreams have come true.


But just as Jenny is beginning to picture her future in David’s sprawling family home, something feels wrong. How can David be so perfect? Little comments and gifts make Jenny begin to wonder: does David know things about her past that she’s never told anybody?       


An absolutely addictive psychological thriller about the lies we tell ourselves, perfect for fans of B A Paris, Gone Girl and Sweet Little Lies.

 

  

What everyone's saying about Liars:

 

‘This was quite a ride! The suspense just kept building and building and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. Gripping!’ 5 stars, The Princess and the Pen

 

‘Amazing book which kept me guessing the whole way through’ 5 stars, Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Secrets, lies, deception, manipulation, abuse, stalking, and obsession; all ingredients for this deliciously unnerving psychological thriller… I highly recommend it.’ Bookishly Ever After

 

‘Had me hooked, intrigued and gripped… This story is creepy, mysterious and will mess with your head… If you enjoyed Gone Girl this is a book you will enjoy’ Gemma’s Book Reviews

 

‘Brilliant!! Fast paced, gut gripping and full of twists and turns. I was gripped from the start. I would highly recommend it.’ 5 stars, Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Everything I had hoped it would be (and much, much more)! The flow was perfect and I found myself reading way past my bedtime because I couldn’t put it down… A fantastic thriller that will knock your socks off.’ 5 stars, Steph and Chris Book Reviews

 

‘Shocking twists and turns that rushed at me with a roar. With shattered nerves, it was all I could do to hang on to a wild finish I could not predict.’ 5 stars, Goodreads reviewer

 

‘This book started fast and kept me guessing until the end, a thriller that’s not only creepy but so engaging you need to find out what happens in the end, making it hard to put down.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘What better recommendation can I make for any book besides “wow”?’ 5 stars, Book Reviews by Monnie

 

‘The ending was stunning in its surprise.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘I must say this book was a fantastic thriller and a great mystery. I absolutely loved it,’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Wicked read. Can see this one become a firm favourite in 2018. It’s truly wicked and mysterious… The plot is amazing and keeps you on the edge of your seat, makes you just not want put it down. Great read.’ 5 stars, Goodreads reviewer

Thirteen years ago someone did something very bad to Anna. Now it’s her turn to get even …

Anna lives a solitary existence, taking solace in order and routine. Her only friend is the lonely old lady next door. She doesn’t like to let people to get too close – she knows how much damage they can do.

Then one ordinary day Anna witnesses a devastating road accident and recognises the driver as Carla, the woman who ruined her life all those years ago. Now it’s Anna’s chance to set things straight but her revenge needs to be executed carefully …

First she needs to get to know Liam, the man injured in the accident. She needs to follow the police investigation. She needs to watch Carla from the shadows…

But as Anna’s obsession with Carla escalates, her own secrets start to unravel. Is Carla really dangerous or does Anna need to worry about someone far closer to home?

A compelling, gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and The Sister.

What everyone's saying about SAFE WITH ME:

'Holy Hell what a jaw dropper!.....Just need a moment to lift my jaw back off the floor, what a fantastic debut!' Chelle's Book Reviews

'First let me say, just WOW. It has been a long time since I read a book this good. I was completely spellbound by this psychological thriller and could hardly put it down... Safe With Me went far beyond my expectations in every way ...There are so many secrets, backstories, and undercurrents, and this wonderful feeling of dread throughout, it is like nectar for the reader. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a psychological thriller. I am looking forward to the next book from K.L. Slater. She has knocked this one out of the proverbial park' Shelf Knowledge

'Oh my gosh! What a belter of a debut! Safe With Me is totally brilliant' The Little Bookworm

'Sublimely dark and all-consuming, Slater has written a novel so gripping, so captivatingly exciting that I found myself shushing everyone and ignoring everything simply so I could carry on reading.' Becca's Books 

'This one will keep you up at night, flipping the pages ...One word of caution, prepare to be surprised & shocked more than once.' First to Read

'Freakin' awesome...you need to start this book on a day when you have nothing else to do, because believe me you will not want to put this down once you start it.' I Love Reading

'WOW, I'm going to have to catch up with the housework tomorrow because I have just spent the last two days devouring this jaw droppingly brilliant debut psychological thriller.' Nicki's Life of Crime
The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.

The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation.  Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs.  It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?

The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history.  Suddenly the case just got personal.

As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing.  She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?

Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice.

Fans of Rachel Abbott, Karin Slaughter and Robert Dugoni will be gripped by this page-turning serial killer thriller, guaranteed to keep you reading late into the night.

What everyone is saying about The Missing Ones:

'I had been looking forward to reading this book and I was not disappointed. I will certainly be reading more books in this series.' Angela Marsons

'This debut novel from Gibney is just EVERYTHING!!! This was THE BEST book I have read in quite some time. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would!' Butterfly's Booknerdia Blog

‘Totally riveting and 100% engrossing.’ Books From Dusk Till Dawn

'A gripping read from beginning to finish.' Deja Read

'AMAZING! Really well written and kept me itching to read the next page. It was unputdownable! Cannot wait to read book two when released.' Goodreads Reviewer

'I was immediately grabbed by the opening paragraph and was so enthralled that I read it in two sittings. I only put it down when my eyes refused to stay open!' Goodreads Reviewer

'It's one of those stories where you look at the clock and you think just a couple more chapters, and then you look again and hours have gone by. It was well worth the lack of sleep.' Goodreads Reviewer

'A phenomenal read for a debut novel – when I say good, I mean gooooooooood.' Page Turners Nook

‘Gibney definitely is a writer to watch and an exciting new voice in crime fiction.’ But Books are Better

'This story has it all, compelling characters, a strong plot, a lot of action, suspense, and tension. Reading this novel was fascinating and totally engaging.' Carol's Place

'I have found a new crime author to add to my must read list. I find it incredible that this is a debut novel, as it's polished, well plotted and gripping.' The Book Review Cafe

'Thrilling ... filled with twists and turns that surprise you out of nowhere; it is dark, mysterious, and gripping.' The Reading Lodge

'Wow! Thrilling and tense, with so many twists. A page-turning, unputdownable read. The suspense builds up throughout the book and the pace never lets down. And the ending - wow! I did not see it coming! I am in awe of this author. Five amazing stars.' Renita D'Silva

'If I had to describe this debut thriller in just one word, I'd choose engrossing.' Book Reviews by Monnie

'Every now and then something good comes into your life. Well in this case two things have. Detective Inspector Lottie Parker and her team; and the author Patricia Gibney who has written a brilliant page turner of a crime thriller. Let’s hope we hear a lot more from both of them.' Nigel Adams Bookworm

‘I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me…’

Grace hasn't been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie's last words, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie's. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn't know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie's father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie's sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan's home.

But something isn't right. Things disappear, Dan's acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace's mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie... or was there?

A compelling, gripping psychological thriller perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, I Let You Go and The Girl With No Past.

What people are saying about The Sister:

‘I was gripped to The Sister from the first page until the very end. I thought I had it all worked out until I was proven sooo wrong.’ Robert Bryndza

‘I could not put this book down. I neglected all the house work and put off cooking dinner until I was finished… I loved every page.’ Renee Reads

‘My eyes were racing down the pages… had me guessing right up to the very end and I had tears in my eyes as I relived Charlie's last moments… exceptional… It's an addictive page-turner that begs time and again for just one more chapter until the whole book has been devoured and thoroughly enjoyed.’ The Book Magnet

‘Wow! What an amazing debut novel! Full of intense twists! Fantastic book to start off summer reading! Highly recommend.’ Loud and Proud Book Junkie, 5 stars

‘I loved this book, it grabbed me right from the beginning.' Beady Jans Books

'I genuinely struggled to put this book down… I can't recommend this book enough, it's made it to my favourites... I can't wait for more books to come from Louise Jensen… A well-deserved five stars from me.' Emporio Epidemic

'I couldn't put my Kindle down until I had answers!!… I wasn't sure which characters to trust and which to not trust… a 5 star book that would make a fantastic summer read!' Steph and Chris’ Book Review

'As the skillfully woven web of lies and deceit starts to untangle the author throws in a massive twist that I certainly didn't see coming… a definite must read for all psychological thriller fans and it's one of those books that deserves to be talked about.' The Haphazardous Hippo

'One of those books that you can't stop thinking about even when you're not reading it!!... the tension never seems to drop for one second!… an absolute treat, albeit a scary one, to read!! Highly recommended!' Books and Me!

'Just as I thought the story was wrapping up BANG! I was hit again with another twist. Brilliant! It is chilling and sinister and yet heart-breaking and tragic, and I felt really emotional on finishing it… I can’t wait to read more by Louise.' Bloomin Brilliant Books

'OMG I love this... one corker of a psychological thriller which ticked all the boxes for me giving it an easy 5 stars.' Chelle’s Book Reviews

'Hooked from the first page till the end... A gripping tale for fans of I Let You Go and The Girl on the Train. A must read.' Berlitz Chile

'I was left gaping… You cannot help but speed read through this novel. You have to know what happens.' Aloha Reviews

'I was hooked on the story from the word go.' Hollie in Wanderlust

The perfect wife. A fairytale family. Don’t believe your eyes…

 

Jeanie and Matthew are a happily married couple who both have teenage children from previous relationships.

No one said it would be easy to raise a blended family under one roof but Jeanie and Matthew are strong.  They will make it work.

And whilst Jeanie’s step-daughter Scarlett rejects her, Jeanie will just have to try harder to win her over.

But Jeanie has a past.  A terrible secret she thought she’d buried a long time ago.  And now, it’s coming to the surface, threatening to destroy her new marriage.

Someone is playing a terrifying game on Jeanie and she must put a stop to it once and for all.

After all, a fairytale needs a happy ending…doesn’t it.

A compelling, dark and twisty psychological thriller that will grip fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Teacher.

 

 

Readers are raving about The Stepmother:

‘It was so good I have been hiding in the toilet at work reading this on my phone as I needed to find out what happened!!…Dark and super twisty. A real page turner and I loved it.’ Consumer Reviewer

‘Loved it !!! My god the journey I went on while reading this…From beginning to end I was so hooked on this… Beyond 5 stars.’ (5 stars) Itsy Bitsy Book Bits

‘I don't believe many will be able to put this brilliant novel aside…really hooks you in on every level.’ (5 stars) Booklover Catlady

‘Tension and paranoia rides high in this gripping novel…Don’t start this late at night unless you plan on losing sleep…’ Jenny Blackhurst, author of The Foster Child

‘It's certainly a fast paced and taut thriller…which I guarantee once you start reading it you will find impossible to put down.’ (5 stars) The Book Review Café

‘An all-absorbing, chilling, psychological thriller. My husband could not prise my Kindle out of my hands the weekend I read this!’ (5 stars) Bloomin’ Brilliant Books

‘Incredible twists and turns that I didn't see coming…a great read that is full of tension that really hooks you in.’  The Coffee and Kindle

‘This one grabs you and doesn't let go... I read it in 3 hours because I simply had to find out what was happening!’ (5 stars) The Suspense is Thrilling Me

‘A clever, intense and fast-paced psychological thriller that left me on the edge of my seat until the very last page!’ Ginger Cat Blog 

‘This is a terrifyingly twisted psychological thriller…a compelling read leading to a sleepless night for the reader.’ (5 stars) Strong Book Reviews

‘The Stepmother had me turning pages in a frenzy. I was desperate to find out where it was going! A cracking read.’ Cass Green – author of The Woman Next Door

‘ A dark, twisting thriller that shows all too well how you can never escape the sins of your past.’ Simon Kernick 

‘An action packed fast paced psychological thriller with lots of characters with dark secrets.’ TBC on FB

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