The Dream House: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller

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‘One of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read in a long long time.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Just brilliant, loved every page, every twist and turn’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Sunk its claws into me from page one and didn’t let go until the end’⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Be prepared to be glued to this story!...Absolutely all the stars!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Set aside everything that you have to doThis book will grip you from the very first pages and hold you tightly in its grasp right until the very last page and then it will have you staring into space and wondering what book you could possibly read next because no book would be able to top the one you have just finished. I loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


When I first set eyes on Westhill House with its breath-taking views of the sea I knew it was the perfect place for a fresh start.


The place may be falling apart, but it can be fixed with some tender loving care. And as Jack and I work to repair this beautiful building, maybe we can repair our relationship too. Maybe we can make Westhill House a refuge from all the tragedies that came before.


Lori has come to Westhill House for shelter too. She says it used to be a place where women went for safety. How can I turn her away, when violence waits for her outside these high walls?


But the longer Lori stays, the more time Jack spends away. And the more she helps me restore the house, the more secrets start to be revealed.


Like the children’s drawings under the wallpaper in the back bedroom.


The hidden papers underneath the floorboards in the turret room.


But why does Lori know so much about Westhill House, if she’s never been here before?


What does she really need protection from?


And now I’ve invited her into my dream house, is there any escape for either of us?


A gripping, spine-chilling read brimming with secrets and lies. If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us or The Woman in the Window then this dark, twisting psychological thriller from Amazon chart bestseller Jess Ryder is guaranteed to have you gripped. 

What readers are saying about The Dream House:


Wow, what an amazing thrilling, chilling book that sunk its claws into me from page one and didn’t let go until the very end… Ryder will be on my top list of authors… full of thrills, chills, hearts aches, and twist & turns! Will be highly recommending.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘…I think this may be one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read in a long, long time. I was hooked! Every time I thought I knew where the plot was going something else would happened and I’d be asking more questions. The twists and turns were gripping and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Seriously get yourself a copy when this book hits shelves on June 21st, you won’t regret it!’  Goodreads reviewer


Unputdownable.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Grippinghad me in its grasp from the very first pageI could not turn the pages quickly enough to discover the mysteries hidden inside Westhill House… This is a brilliantly executed novel that I would not hesitate to recommend.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


BrilliantI could not put this one down!!! Superb read!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


What an incredible thriller! Love this author and literally couldn’t tear myself away from this book. Will definitely be reading more.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


Just brilliant, loved every page, every twist and turn and I was gripped from the very first chapter… I have no hesitation in recommending this addictive page turner.’ Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars 


‘Seriously good! Very intense, could not put it down. A perfect example of a book that you are obsessed with reading - cannot wait to find out what happens but do not want it to end. I will definitely be looking for more books by this author.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


Totally gripping book that I couldn’t put downKept me guessing until the end, a real page turner.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘The Dream House’ is a gripping and sinister thriller with a cleverly written plot full of menace and intrigue that at times made me feel uncomfortable and worried at what was going to happen to Stella who’s gullible but understandably so.  I was hooked from the beginning and had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen, finishing it in a day.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘…This was a great read, and I had a hard time setting the book down. Jess Ryder writes an extremely atmospheric tale that blends two different timelines seamlessly. Certain aspects are downright haunting, and her writing makes you 100% invested in the characters and their stories. ‘Goodreads Reviewer

‘Wow, this is an absolutely fantastic thriller! Not only is it highly addictive, but Jess Ryder also conveys some very serious topics such as domestic violence, brilliantly and sensitively into this story… This is brilliant book; gripping, character-driven, wonderfully written. I've been in a bit of a reading slump when it comes to thrillers lately, but this one really is a standout novel.’ Super Heroines, 5 stars


‘I loved this one and couldn’t wait to get to the end.’ Mrs Joe Reads


I'm a fan of this author and was excited to get a chance to read The Dream House! The story is clever, as I've come to expect from Ryder, and the characters are engaging and multi-dimensional. I don't want to give away anything of the plot, but there are plenty of twists and turns that kept me on my toes!’ The Princess and the Pen


Cooking the Books Review, 5 stars

A thoroughly convincing and enthralling read. A psychological thriller that is unpredictable and will totally shock you when you least expect it.’  Cooking the Books Review, 5 stars

Gripped me from the start. Westhill House is brought to life with an unsettling chill. The characters are authentic and intriguing… constantly had me guessing… Captivating… grips you until the very end.’ Irresistibly Bookish


Wow!… I loved it, pacy and taut with well written characters. Read it now!’ Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars


‘So this isn’t my first book by Ryder, and I have to admit, she REALLY knows how to write a gripping story! awesome awesome book by her.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘…Definitely a great mystery-thriller. I was guessing every which way and found myself stymied time and time again. Loved being kept on the edge of my seat. Such a thrilling read!’ A Bookish Way of Life


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You’ve got everything she wants …

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone…

Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from Jen. But can she trust her?  And do either of them really know the man they married?

If you loved The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl or The Couple Next Door then this dark, twisting psychological thriller is guaranteed to have you gripped. 



What readers are saying about The Ex-Wife:

‘OH BOY, Jess Ryder definitely knows how to mess with your head… Riveting, enthralling… had me hooked... I absolutely loved this gripping story of deceit, manipulation, relashionships and forgiveness…definitely worth more than five stars…’ Nicki’s Life of Crime, 5 stars


‘This book is AMAZING, kept me on my seat the whole time, I could not put it down.  The plot was intense… kept me guessing who was telling the truth.  I loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘One major rollercoaster of a story!... Chilling… captivating… My gob was well and truly smacked! This book is definitely one that you need to read right to the last word!... Fantastic… Intense… the tension was electrifying and the writing was brilliant!  You have to read this book!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars


‘Wow this is a stonker of a book. Gripped me… even made my bath water go cold in a desperate attempt to finish it. Fantastic characters and a plot that takes hold and doesn’t let go. This is going in my top reads for 2018!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘A ton of twists in this novel!... The ending. WHEW!... It blows your mind! If you like Girl on the Train, you will surely enjoy this. I would totally read this one again.’ Live, Read, and Prosper, 5 stars


‘Had me hooked… an excellent thriller… there are A LOT of things you don't see coming… I could not consume the words fast enough, the end of every chapter had me wanting more!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘I knew this book would be full of twists. But I didn't know how full of twists it would be… Brilliantly written and the twisty plot is compelling.’ The Bandwagon, 5 stars


‘My first Jess Ryder book and it won't be my last!... What a fantastic read… So many twists, it kept you guessing… The ending was brilliant… I was completely floored… A perfect thriller in my book!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Absolutely loved this book!... Really drew me in and I couldn't put it down… Can't wait to read more from Jess Ryder.’ Booking Good Read, 5 stars

‘A whopping 5 stars from me… had me up to early hours of the morning. So transfixed was I to this story that I heard the birds tweeting outside. The ending had me gasping in awe. Truly a masterpiece.’ Sue and her Books

Two sisters. One secret... A lie that could destroy them both.

When her father dies, Josie is devastated to uncover he led a secret life: another house, another family and a half-sister called Valentina.

Both with red hair and icy blue eyes, Josie and Valentina could be mistaken for twins. But the similarities end there…

Josie – Sweet, reserved, jealous, thief. 
Valentina – Care-free, confident, dangerous, liar. 

They share secrets. They tell lies. And for one sister, dark memories begin to surface… Should the other be scared for her life?

A nail-bitingly tense and unputdownable read that will keep you turning pages into the night. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Sister Sister.

What readers are saying about The Good Sister:

‘More twists and turns than a Himalayan mountain track…All I can say is READ IT!!!!!!! I promise you’ll love it.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm, 5 stars

‘This is, without a doubt, one of the best psychological thrillers I have read this year... OMG this book is so darn good!... I kept telling myself, “Just one more chapter”, then before I knew it, I had devoured it in one day! If you are looking for a fast-paced engaging read, this is the book for you! I highly recommend giving it a whopping 5 stars.’ Sistas With Books, 5 stars

‘A nail biting, roller-coaster ride. I absolutely loved it! This book really had me gripped and I could not put it down. There were a few completely unexpected twists which left me absolutely shocked (I really didn't see that coming) and the ending was really jaw-dropping!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘It was a seriously dark, creepy, twisty thriller. I didn’t guess the major twist at the end and really didn’t expect that at all!!... My first book by this author – definitely won’t be my last! Five Stars!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘Oh a whopping 5 * from me… This had me up to early hours of the morning. It really gripped me. The ending had me gasping in awe. Truly a masterpiece.’ Sue and her Books, 5 stars

‘The Good Sister is a novel which keeps you guessing right from the very beginning, up until the very last sentence… It was powerful, thought-provoking and shocking, and has made its way onto my 2017 favourites!’ The Beauty of Reading, 5 stars

‘I'm still dizzy from the roller coaster ride!’ Bibliomania

‘Whoa boy! This novel is a deeply scary and chilling psychological thriller that made my nerves buzz with tension.’ Summer in December, 5 stars

‘This was a truly outstanding story, very cleverly done, I was gripped from start to finish and I literally couldn’t turn the pages fast enough for wanting to see what was going to happen next. There were so many twists and turns within the story that I think I spent majority of the book sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation… I truly can’t recommend it enough.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘You know how you've been on this massive rollercoaster ride and you get off and your legs are all wobbly and the world is spinning and you need to sit down? Yeah, that…The Good Sister is so incredibly dark and twisty! I found this psychological thriller to be utterly gripping and engrossing. A true and exciting page-turner!’ Novel Deelights, 4 stars

‘I COULD NOT put it down! Ryder does not simply take something that’s been done before and redo it – she blows the theme out of the water… I’m still in shock and awe, shaking my head in disbelief as I write this because I can’t believe the twists she throws at you.’ Artistic Bent, 5 stars

The instant New York Times Bestseller (January 2018)!

"A fiendishly smart cat-and-mouse thriller" —New York Times Book Review

"Buckle up, because you won't be able to put this one down." —Glamour

"Jaw dropping. Unforgettable. Shocking." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The best domestic suspense novel since Gone Girl." —In Touch Weekly

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

A 2018 Indie Next Pick | One of Glamour Magazine's Best Books of 2018 | One of Hello Giggles' 19 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018

Praise for The Wife Between Us:

"Fiendishly the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing." —Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Stars are Fire

“A clever thriller with masterful twists.” – Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Kept Woman

"The Wife Between Us delivers a whip smart, twisty plot in a taut, pacy narrative. It's terrific and troubling. This is one scary love triangle where you won't know who to trust. I loved it." –Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew

"A twisty, mind-bending novel about marriage and betrayal. A gripping plot and fascinating characters; this book will keep you turning the pages and guessing until the very end. A must-read!" –Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada

“This amazing story gallops along at breakneck speed, with an ending that smacks you between the eyes and takes your breath away. These authors are destined to become trail blazers in the field of psychological suspense books that explode in your hands!” —Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault

“Like a house of mirrors, The Wife Between Us kept me guessing around every corner, delving into the complexities of marriage, friendship, and obsession.” —Javier Ramirez, The Book Table

‘I was hooked in from the very first page of this gripping, fast-paced story of secrets, relationships and betrayals.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime

Three minutes. That’s all it takes for Meredith’s entire world to fall apart when she watches the videotape of her four-year-old self with Becca, the mother who abandoned her.

Meredith can’t believe what her eyes have seen. Yet what if her memory has locked away the painful reality of her childhood? Can there be any truth in the strange and dangerous story her mother forced her to tell on camera? 

The search for answers leads Meredith to Darkwater Pool, the scene of the murder of a young woman, Cara, over 30 years ago. What could possibly be the link between her mother and the victim?

To find the truth Meredith must search through a past that is not her own. The problem is, she’s not the only one looking…

A dark, compulsive psychological thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Louise Jensen.

What readers are saying about Lie to Me:

‘This is without a doubt the best psychological thriller I have read this year.’ Chelle’s Book Reviews 5*

‘OMG this book is so damn good!… And to think this is a debut novel. This is one incredible story which totally blew me away… Just one more chapter I kept telling myself, then before I knew it I had devoured it in one day. If you are looking for a fast-paced engaging read this is the book I highly recommend giving it 5 massive stars.’ Chelle’s Book Reviews 5*

‘Wow!! Couldn't put this book down. Great storyline and full of suspense. I was hooked from the first chapter… Lie to Me kept me on tenterhooks some of the twists took me completely by surprise. Read this book and enjoy.' Goodreads 5*

‘I really enjoyed this thrilling debut and would have given it more than five stars if I could. I look forward to reading more book by this author in the future.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime

‘A twisty tale of lost memories and dark truths.’ Cayo Costa

‘Secrets, lies, betrayal, jealousy, deception, and everything in between. I simply loved this story… I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an enthralling story with fascinating characters and I personally will be looking forward to reading more of this author’s work!’ Bookishly Ever After

‘WOW, page turner! You have to finish the book BECAUSE YOU NEED TO KNOW WHO LIED!’ Goodreads

‘This novel grabbed me instantly and was wonderfully suspenseful until the very end… Lie to Me is suspenseful, surprising, interesting, and creepy all wrapped up in one novel. I cannot recommend this novel enough to any lovers of this genre and promise that you will not be disappointed!’ Dandelions Inspired 5*

‘What a ride. Best thriller I've read!’ Goodreads

‘I flew through the pages of this book. It grabbed my attention and kept pulling me back, time and time again. So much so that I finished it in two short days (that's quick for me). The author's writing style was very much to my taste and I wouldn't hesitate to read another book by Jess Ryder… A tale of family secrets, lies and betrayal which I found hard to put down.’ Damp Pebbles

‘I was completely hooked from the very first page of this thriller of a read… A fantastic debut novel from Jess and I look forward to her next book.’ Goodreads 5*

‘Jess Ryder knows how to write a mesmerizing story that will hook your attention from the first chapter and pull you across the emotional spectrum as the story and characters unfold.’ Artistic Bent 

‘Unpredictable and addictive… Lie to Me is an excellent and suspenseful read.’ Goodreads 5*

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