The Wife's Secret: A gripping psychological thriller with a heart-stopping twist

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Charley Willis was thirteen years old when her parents were killed in their family home and she was found hiding in a cupboard upstairs. 

 

Fifteen years later, Charley is marrying Seth Chambers.  It should be the happiest day of their lives, a chance for Charley to put her past behind her, but just hours after the ceremony, she is missing.

 

No one saw her leave.  No one knows where she is.

 

One thing is for certain…Seth is about to discover he doesn’t really know the woman he just married. And his nightmare is only just beginning. 

 

A totally gripping psychological thriller that will keep you reading until the very last jaw-dropping twist.

 

Read what everyone is saying about The Wife’s Secret:

 

What a book!!!! Had me gripped from the first page right through to the last page.... could not put it down but didn't want it to end either! A fantastic read!’  NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

 

WOW ABSOLUTELY WOW!!!! This is the most unputdownable book I've read in a very long time!!! …Loads of tense moments and twists and turns. And an ending you won't see coming!!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars 

 

Possibly his best yet! The characters in the story are brilliant...Five stars from me for this one - I loved the writing style, it had a great pace and was really well executed!’ donnasbookblog

 

 ‘Oh my god what an amazing book. This is a real page turner…I was hooked from the first page and only putting this book down when I needed to…My husband has definitely become a book widower with this one.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

OHHHHHH I just love a Kerry Wilkinson book… This book really is one of those page turners… It's one of those books that as much as you try to figure things out, you just have no damn clue which way it is going. Brilliantly, cleverly written…First class, but I really didn't expect anything else from this author. BLOODY LOVED IT!!!!!’   NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars 

 

‘A suspenseful thriller with a lot of emotional trauma…there are secrets and twists which bring out hidden family dramas and deceptions. Very well written and interesting! Let’s Escape with a Good Book, 5 stars

 

Another phenomenal book by this author…A lot of twists and turns. I didn't want this book to end. I was not expecting the ending that was delivered. Such a good book!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A real page turner…Hooks the reader in from the first page. The storyline is so good and believable…It’s a rollercoaster ride right through to the end and believe me I did not expect that ending!...A word of warning though! Do not read it in one sitting which is so easy to do. You will be left longing for more!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars  

 

‘This book had me at the first page…As with Kerry’s other books you don’t know ‘who done it’ until the end. Written by one of my favourite writers, Kerry does not let us down; this is possibly the best stand alone book he has ever written, I just couldn’t put it down. I’d highly recommend this book!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Shocking, gripping and heartbreaking….it will keep you hooked until the very last page.  Trust me, you will not be able to put it down.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

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Bookouture
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Oct 10, 2018
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376
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9781786817068
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English
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Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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From New York Times bestselling writer Jeff Abbott, a psychologically intense and emotionally gripping new suspense novel about a daughter's desperate search for her missing mother-one that may lead her closer to home than she ever anticipated.

My mom would never leave me.
This has been Mariah Dunning's motto. Her compass. Her belief. So when she glimpses her mother--who's been missing for the past year--on the other side of a crowded food court, Mariah's conviction becomes stronger than ever. Or is she losing her mind?

An unlikely coincidence?
When Beth Dunning disappeared without a trace, suspicion for her murder-despite the lack of a body or any physical evidence-immediately fell upon Mariah's father. Until Mariah stumbles upon two other recent disappearances from Lakehaven. And all three women had the same name: Beth.

Or a sinister connection?
Mariah would give anything to find out what happened to her mother, and clear her father's name. But the truth may be more devastating than she could have imagined...

Jeff Abbott once again proves why he's "one of the best thriller writers in the business" (Associated Press) with this twisty new novel.

"I could not tear myself away from Jeff Abbott's mesmerizing, gripping, and claustrophobic novel. BLAME is the perfect blend of complex characters, plot twists galore, and great psychological suspense. Don't miss it."
--- Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on Blame

"Jeff Abbott is a remarkable writer and storyteller, and brings his skills to the realm of psychological suspense with this absolutely captivating book. Emotionally compelling, tense and packed with shocking plot twists, this book makes me have to use a word I hate: Unputdownable. I loved it."
--- Alison Gaylin, USA Today bestselling author, on Blame

"Blame is a masterful suspense novel, full of dread, lies, and deceptions. Abbott is one of our finest writers, and Blame takes his talents to new levels. Sinister and twisting, this is hands-down the best book you'll read--and re-read--this year. Absolutely top-notch."
--- J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author, on Blame
What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?

Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace. 

But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.

Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter. 

A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister. 

What readers are saying about Blink:


'Brilliant, very clever ... I absolutely recommend it' B. A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors

'Once I started I couldn't stop. I devoured it. Chomped away chapter by chapter until I had hoofed the whole damned lot and you know what? It left me hungry for more ... An absolutely stonking 5 stars from me.' Jen Med's Book Reviews

'A novel that those who liked The Girl on The Train and Behind Closed Doors won't want to miss' My Little Book Corner

'I finished this book in nearly one day. I was completely unable to put this book down. Everything about this book sucks you in and doesn't let go.' Bombshell Reads

'Just BRILLIANT' It's All About Books

'A thrilling roller coaster of a read that will have you gripping on for dear life' By the Letter Book Reviews

'The book had me from the very first sentence and kept hold of me until I finished it. There are twists galore but on one occasion my jaw actually dropped open as I realised that all was not as it seemed. Fantastic writing, excellent characterisation that has left me salivating for book number three! Five stars.' Angela Marsons

'Five stars! This book had me hook line and sinker ... this author's mind is very very clever.' Sue and her Books

'WOW, what a corker of a book, gripping story, believable untrustworthy characters and not just one but two totally jaw dropping unexpected twists.' Nicki's Life of Crime

'What a read ...The ending took me completely by surprise! In most books, I end up guessing the ending, but this book was spectacular. The book had me gripped from word 'go'. I couldn't stop reading ...a brilliant brilliant book.' Any Excuse to Read

'A fantastic psychological thriller and I was kept hooked throughout. Lots of twists and turns, an excellent pace and so much suspense and surprise, I didn't quite know where the book was going at times ...couldn't be anything other than five stars!' Donna's Book Blog

'With bucketfuls of suspense and intrigue Blink is guaranteed to keep the most hardened psychological thriller love on the edge of their seats. Five Stars. ' The Book Review Cafe

'Pure genius!! Blink is everything a psychological thriller should be! K L Slater is in a class of her own ... Just when you think you have it figured out, you are knocked out of the park! One of the most mind-bending twists ever, just simply stunning!' What Rachel Read Next 

'The twist towards the end took me completely by surprise. I actually had to put the book down for a moment and stop before I could carry on. It really took my breath away. K. L. Slater pulled this off brilliantly!' Hooked from Page One 

'K.L. Slater has done it again with her latest book, Blink. From a creepy beginning to the twisty end, this book keeps the reader on the edge of his or her seat. Hang on for the ride' Shelf Knowledge

Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back.

A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past.

Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?

When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?

Read what people are saying about The Girl You Lost

‘Oh my gosh! What a stunning story. I couldn’t put this book down and devoured it over a weekend . . . Giving a 5 star rating has never been easier.’ StefLoz Book Blog

‘WOW!! This book left me speechless! Completely threw me for a loop!! I seriously could not put this book down.’ My Own Jackpot

‘WOW this book was intense! . . . amazing and so disturbing all at the same time . . . So many times I would say “OH MY GOD" out loud.’ Steph and Chris’s Book Review

‘This is the best book I think I have read in a long time. I was completely hooked from start to finish . . . made me cry, laugh, scream, beg, and plead at the characters within this book and kept me guessing right till the end. Amazing!!!! If you only read one book in your life. Make it this one.’ Joss Dreaming of Publication

‘Wow, I am still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor after this ending. It is so creepy crazy. There was absolutely no way I saw the ending coming . . . I'm still stunned and I finished reading the book 30 minutes ago and I've had two cigarettes! . . . This was one thrilling ride . . . I strongly in all sincerity recommend this book!’ The Reading Room

‘I still I have that "I didn't see that coming" feeling … excellent.’ Sarah’s Cozy Book Nook

‘OMG it is good, it is better than good it is mind-blowing . . . I absolutely loved it and devoured this in one evening. I simply could not put it down . . . I was on the edge of my seat having palpitations . . . This is one hell of a gripping story so if you love psychological thrillers then this is a must read for 2016. I am giving this an easy 5 massive well-deserved stars.’ Chelle’s Book Reviews

‘Had me gripped from the first few pages, and at no point does the story disappoint. Love a good twist? This is the ULTIMATE thriller.’ The Bookshelf Blog

‘The suspense is epic in Kathryn Croft’s latest novel. The fear and dread she generates is for me what makes her one of THE best thriller writers. The shocks just keep coming and the ending is just how I wanted to it to be. It’s just perfect.’Postcard Reviews

‘A powerhouse of emotions . . . Put simply, it’s wickedly engaging, and one I’d absolutely recommend.’ Little Bookness Lane

‘This book really surprised me. Considering the fact that I have read more thriller books and watched more thriller/mystery shows than I can count I have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that nothing could surprise me any more. Guess what?? This book has taught me there are still books out there in the mystery genre that could surprise me . . . I would recommend this book to all the mystery lovers out there. I don't remember the last time I enjoyed a thriller/mystery genre book this much.’ Nair the Critique

‘Wow this had me captivated! I could hardly put the book down … OMG that ending! … stunning ... I had to get my breath back at the end!' Bonnie's Book Talk, 5 stars


Rose Denton wakes up in her car. She has no memory of how she got there. But she knows something bad happened… 

There’s blood on the windscreen and bonnet – but it’s not hers and there’s no sign of anything or anyone she might have hit. The last thing she remembers is being in a hotel on a business trip but now she’s miles away.

Back home and her daughter’s boyfriend is missing. The last thing he did was argue with Rose over money. He left no note, no text, no clue as to his whereabouts. 

The police have questions – and so does Rose’s family. But those are little compared to the ones she has for herself.

What happened last night?  If Rose wants to know the truth, she might finally have to face the terrible secret from her past. 

A totally addictive psychological thriller which will keep you turning the pages until the final dramatic twist.


What readers are saying about Last Night:

‘Wow this had me captivated!… The book went by in a flash and OMG that ending! A really really good book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend this book, it is full of drama, tension and angst. Kerry Wilkinson is at his best with this stunning psychological thriller. I had to get my breath back at the end!’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars

‘Another book to get excited about!... fast-paced, gripping and there are so many red herrings it was hard to keep up... Another big thumbs up to Mr Wilkinson!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘Yet again, what a fantastic book by Kerry Wilkinson. His books just get better and better… This book will keep you gripped right till the end. If you want a book that is fast-paced, lots of twists and turns, that will keep you guessing, this book is for you. Plus, WOW what an ending… I just loved it. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘The story was impossible to put down and I know that it is one I will read again. This is another exceptional stand-alone book from Kerry Wilkinson.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Oh boy what a brilliant thriller this is, packed full of twists, red herrings, secrets, betrayals and misconceptions… A gripping, riveting, page-turner that had me hooked in from the first sentence right through to the unexpected, ‘omg’ final page.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime, 5 stars

‘I loved it… was consistently excellent… Thoroughly recommended, 10/10.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘A razor-sharp psychological thriller full of a whole host of red herrings that will have you questioning everything and everyone... The writing is brilliant, it kept me glued to the page, and the plot and characters were so vividly described... An ITV 3-part drama in the making!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I really like Kerry's stand-alone novels… ones I've read have been excellent and Last Night is no different. Thoroughly gripping, I really didn't have a clue what was going on… It's a sign of a great thriller writer when the writer can leave you that utterly confused!’ Life Has a Funny Way, 5 stars

‘Brilliant as usual, this author can do no wrong in my eyes, so many twists and turns, I can never tell how the stories will end up.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and found it very hard to put down… I loved it and will be seeking out more of Kerry Wilkinson’s works. If you enjoy psychological suspense, look no further! A great beach read!’ Tropical Delusions, 5 stars

‘There are plenty red herrings and so many twists and turns you can`t guess what the truth will be until the very end. Always the sign of a good thriller. A tense and gripping read, I loved it.’ Goodreads 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

Thirteen years ago Olivia Adams went missing. Now she’s back… or is she?


When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil.  How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village?


Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been - and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon?


If she's an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?


Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried. 


An absorbing and gripping psychological thriller that will have you holding your breath until the final page.


Read what everyone is saying about The Girl Who Came Back:


‘OMG this book is so damn good…. gripped from the very first page…. I freaking loved it!’ Chelle’s Book Reviews


‘Cor! Kerry Wilkinson strikes again with this absolutely incredible page turner!’  Novel Deelights 


‘Wow this book just blew me away…it literally had me sitting on the end of the seat.’  Sean’s Book Reviews 


‘The Girl Who Came Back is absolutely the most unique and twisted thriller I have ever read… The reader will not be able to put this book down once it captures you… The twist at the end is amazing and one no one will see coming… a wonderfully told tale that kept me reading well past my usual bedtime.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘This was a fantastic read, as always, by a fantastic author… with enough twists and turns to keep you hooked until the very last word… I guarantee you will be hooked!!!  Five stars!’ Stardust Book Reviews


‘OMG Kerry Wilkinson is on fire!  This was awesome I loved it. The story totally captivated me, I couldn't put it down.  Everything about this book is fantastic.  I want to give it 6 stars!’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘Just WOW what an excellent read. Two stories in parallel that merge into an explosive ending that I truly didn't see coming.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘This is a fantastically written, complex psychological thriller that tackles difficult subjects and emotions all in one wonderful narrative. A must-read!’ Have Books, Will Read


‘This book was wonderful, there were lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming so it kept me engaged all the way through the book. I really had a hard time putting this one down…Awesome read.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk


‘This book was really amazing! It kept me gripped… It is amazing how the author weaves the tale and it just keeps the reader engrossed and everything was never what it seemed. An absolutely brilliant book, I highly recommend it.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘A hugely enjoyable page-turner from Kerry Wilkinson: if he's not someone you've read you really are missing out!... I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.’ Cameron Book Reviews


‘I love everything Kerry Wilkinson writes - he has such an addictive, page-turning style of writing. And this book is definitely one of his very best! From the first line to very last, this was a superb, mind-blowing read… Absolutely loved this engaging, amazing story.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘This is one of those books that once you start you just have to keep going…

this book has some great twists, and I have to say an OMG ending… I just didn't see that coming till it hit me in the face.’ I Love Reading UK

‘It was almost as if I had been hypnotised by the book… I just couldn’t put the book down.’ Ginger Book Geek

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