The Orchid Girls: A completely gripping psychological thriller

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By far the best book I have read in 2018!... A gripping, brilliant, have-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-in-suspense psychological thriller! From the very first page I was enthralled and hooked... Kept me guessing... The ending will knock you square off of your feet!... Amazing 5 star read.' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

'Now we are bound forever,' she says, her eyes determined. 'I will never tell anyone, I swear. This is between you and me. Now you swear too.'

 

They called them the Orchid Girls. Grace. Molly. Charlotte.

 

One of them is in love. One of them is a liar. One of them is dead.

 

On a jagged Dorset cliff, wind whipping their hair, waves crashing on the rocks below, three friends became two when Charlotte’s body was pulled out of the sea.

 

Fifteen years later Grace and Molly are worlds apart. Grace has a glittering career and a loving husband. Molly is a lonely, unemployed alcoholic. Grace has everything to lose. Molly has nothing. 

 

They have moved on from the tragic accident that shadowed their childhood. But somewhere lies a photograph waiting to be unearthed – waiting to reveal a secret that one of the Orchid Girls is desperate to keep hidden...

 

The Orchid Girls is a breathless, gripping and twisty story of love, obsession and dark, shocking secrets. Fans of KL Slater, The Wife Between Us and The Girl on the Train – read this one with the lights on…

 

Readers absolutely love The Orchid Girls:

 

‘Loved this. A gripping thriller full of secrets and lies.’ Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request

 

‘I loved this book!! I was hooked from the first page and highly recommend… Absolutely twisted and amazing!!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Amazing A compelling tale of secrets, lies, manipulation, obsession, first love, addiction, denial, friendships and relationships… Had me hooked in and totally enthralled from the very first page… Keeps the reader guessing… Highly recommended.’ Niki’s Life of Crime, 5 stars  

 

‘Wow. I’m speechlessEnthralling story… My, my, my you have to read it… The first one read by Lesley Sanderson and it won’t be the last! Kept me wanting more!!!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

Excellent read! Just when I thought I knew what was going on, bam, a twist!... The characters are complex and richly detailed. This is a book that will keep you guessing till the climatic ending… Well written with a superb storyline... If you like psychological suspense then you will love this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘I just finished The Orchid Girls and what a crazy, messed-up ride! I was hooked from first few pages and it only got more intense!... D R A M A and secrets and twisted lies on lies on lies… And the end made me gasp with twisty delight… Delighted because a final twist was delivered with a thunderous boom!!!... This one is gonna be hot!... Five stars!!!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

WOW… WOW. ONE. CRAZY. RIDE!... A thriller that had me wrapped up in everything about this book! The characters were cray cray I literally was screaming at some of them in my head I can’t wait to read more from Lesley!’ Steph and Chris’s Book Review

 

Wow! This book had me up late, flipping pages and needing to know everything and everyone that was involved…. Thrilling, chilling and absolutely unputdownable! Will be highly recommending!Chapter Chatter Pub, 5 stars

 

Managed to finish this book in a couple of sittings!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Fabulous… Really difficult to put down!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘A gripping psychological thriller... but it is also so much more. It's evocative, engaging, and utterly enthralling.’ The Bandwagon, 5 stars

 

Really gripped me and I was nearly late for work as I was desperate to finish it!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

[not enough space on KDP from here on in!]

 

Had me hooked from the start… The author does a very good job at keeping the reader guessing and speculating about the shocking truth.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

I was hooked… It's a great psychological thriller that will have you guessing… I just loved itAmazing book.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘The story drew me in from the very first pageI loved it.’ Beauty Balm, 5 stars

 

This was so good!... I just flew through it, and ended up finishing the whole book in two sittings. I absolutely love books that keep me thinking about them even after I've finished reading them, and this one has really stayed with meA fast, nail-biting read.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

First class… A thrilling multi-faceted story.’ Goodreads Reviewer

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Bookouture
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Nov 13, 2018
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430
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ISBN
9781786815798
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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‘A gripping, intriguing mystery…an entertaining, thrilling story.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime

They told us he had been missing for nearly two days, that he probably drowned. They told us a lie.

Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff. 

A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.

Megan and her younger sister Chloe return to Whitecliff one summer for the first time since their brother’s disappearance. Megan says it’s to get her parents’ affairs in order. There are boxes to pack, junk to clear, a rundown cottage to sell. But that’s not the real reason. 

Megan has come to confront her family’s past after receiving a postcard on the day of her parents’ funeral. It had a photograph of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.

‘Z’ is all it read.

Z for Zac.

A totally gripping psychological thriller that will have fans of Louise Jensen, The Girl on the Train and The Silent Child absolutely hooked.

Read what everyone is saying about Two Sisters:

‘I love this book so much and it is definitely one of my favorites. I read this book in one sitting because I could not get out of the story.’ Stylish Brunette

‘Will have the reader hooked from the start. This was a great introduction to a new author to me and I cannot wait to read more’. By the Letters Book Reviews

‘This book was really amazing! It kept me gripped… It is amazing how the authors 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

‘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 is my first introduction to Kerry Wilkinson. I know, right? Where the heck have I been? But it definitely won't be my last!’ Novel Deelights 

‘An engrossing and twisty read. Highly recommended!’ Bibliophile Book Club 

‘A perfect summer holiday read…it's sharp, cool, witty, and fresh. I loved it, it's by far my favourite thriller of the Summer so far.’ Behind Green Eyes 

‘Excellent read...I read this book in one sitting!’ Goodreads Reviewer
'OMG... LITERALLY BLEW MY MIND AWAY!!... Whew... Ruth's writing had me enslaved to my Kindle, tapping away at the pages.' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


Everyone makes mistakes. But does everyone deserve to be forgiven?


She runs past the tinkling of children’s laughter that fills the park. Heart hammering, feet stinging, she reaches the riverbank, her breath catching in her throat. And then she sees…


Three years later.


Claire has everything she’s always wanted. A new-born baby. A doting husband by her side. A picturesque home in the countryside.


But behind closed doors, Claire’s life is falling apart. Her husband is barely ever home, she’s struggling to bond with her baby girl, and she swears that she is being watched in the remote, lonely cottage.


And when a threatening note is posted through her letterbox, saying she doesn’t deserve her daughter, it’s clear that someone knows about the terrible mistake that Claire made – someone won’t let her forget it. Three years ago, she would have known who to turn to. But now she no longer recognises those closest to her, or the person she’s become. Who can she trust?


An atmospheric, chilling and absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller about a mother’s worst nightmare. Fans of KL Slater, Shalini Boland and The Girl on the Train will love the twists, turns and gasp-worthy shocks of this stunning debut from Ruth Heald.


Readers absolutely love The Mother’s Mistake:


‘Wow, what a story… Utterly hooked from page one, so glad it was a weekend and I could binge read!... An absolute must-read!! 5 huge stars from me.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Wow… I absolutely loved it… Kept me guessing until the end… The best book I have read in ages.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Wow! What an amazing read! Tons of twists and turns and full of suspense… Can't wait for more from this amazing author!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘WOW. I absolutely loved this story… I had knots in my stomach throughout wondering what was going to happen next. Brilliant… One of my top reads this year.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘5 big shiny fat stars… This blew me out of the water.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Absolutely incredible… I was hooked, I just really couldn’t put it down.’ Life & Tea, 5 stars


‘A wonderful read!... Let me say that all is not as it seems and MORE!!!... This is another of the best books I have read this year! A fast-moving thriller that constantly has the reader in suspense!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘All I can say is WOW.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘I loved this book!... It was one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘Wow! What a brilliant psychological thriller! The Mother’s Mistake is thought-provoking and chilling with a suspenseful plot and amazing characters.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘What an amazing thriller!... Stayed up way past my bedtime to find out what was going to happen next.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘I really loved this book! Read it in one day, couldn't put it down!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘A must-read… Has it all: twisty, addictive, pulls you in from page one.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Perfect… gripped me from start to finish… An amazing, totally unexpected twist… Wonderful.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.’ Books & Sunny


‘What a fantastic book, I loved every word on every page… A brilliantly addictive psychological thriller, full of twists and turns and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Fabulous… An absolute page-turner!... It had me guessing until the end… Kept me turning the pages late into the night.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Ruth Heald hit it out of the park!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

How far would you go to keep your daughter safe?

 

Everyone knows Leona would do anything for her daughter, Beth: she moved to Church Langdon to send Beth to the best school, built a business to support them and found the perfect little cottage to call home. They hike together, shop together, share their hopes and fears. It’s the relationship every mother dreams of.

 

But Leona never talks about why they moved to the Lake District.

 

She’s never told Beth anything about her father.

 

She says Beth should never speak to strangers. She says Beth doesn’t need friends.

 

She’s only trying to protect her daughter.

 

But sometimes the person closest to you is the person you shouldn’t trust.

 

What She Saw is a gripping psychological thriller with an incredible twist that will make your jaw drop. If you love The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl or anything by B. A. Paris you’ll be consumed by this.

 

What readers are saying about What She Saw:

‘Wow, wow, wow! What an amazing novel!... Secrets, lies and terrible events galore, this is a real rollercoaster of a ride throughout. Twists and turns keep you on your toes right through to the end. Raced through this one on a lazy Saturday.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Had me flying through the pages to find out what happens… I cannot praise this book enough! I finished it in a matter of days… My heart was racing as I was reading. It kept hitting me with twist after twist… I have to say it's the best thriller I've read this year.’ Ramblings of the Book Addict, 5 stars

 

‘An addictive, clever and suspenseful thriller that will keep you totally absorbed and page-turning from the very beginning to the climax with its moments of high drama and nail-biting tension… Definitely 5 stars!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Wow what can I say! I should be sleeping now but I was so gripped by this… I just couldn’t put it down. Wendy thank you for this book it was bloody marvellous!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Will have you tearing through the pages… a gripping story, and my spine tingled more than once with tangible tension. There are just enough twists and surprises to make this a fun, yet nail-biting read.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘This was an exciting thriller that I will not soon forget. Had some difficulty falling asleep having read it… I highly recommend this amazing book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Wow what an exciting read!... Still thinking about this one now! Absolutely brilliant!... Really gets you gripped and keeps you reading, snippets here and there to tease and want to know more…. Definitely an easy 5 stars from me! Super awesome book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A dark thriller full of twists, turns and an overall creepy feeling I'm struggling to let go of! The characters are very likeable and believable which is rare in a thriller!... Highly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘An enjoyable and gripping mystery thriller with plenty of surprising twists and turns… very addictive… I finished in less than a day because I couldn't put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Absolutely brilliant, five stars plus for me. I was gripped from the very first chapter… full of twists and turns as the story developed, just loved it and I cannot recommend it highly enough.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘What She Saw is cleverly plotted and skilfully written… Dramatic and riveting… I did not anticipate all the twists and turns in this story.’ Goodreads reviewer


‘I loved this book!!!... So gripping that I read it in one sitting. I just couldn't put it down.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

The letter is addressed to me. No stamp, swirly handwriting in black ink. I pull out a piece of paper, stiffening when I read the message. Hands trembling, the note slides to the floor: Your husband is having an affair.

 

Six words written in neat block letters. Six words slipped through her letterbox, destroying her marriage, exposing Ella’s perfect life as perfect lies.

 

But Ella has a plan: Alice is the answer to her problems. A lodger, to help keep her afloat, a friend, to keep the loneliness at bay.

 

Only Alice has her own reasons for wanting to live at 46 Heath Street…

 

If you loved The Wife Between Us, The Girl on The Train and The Secret Mother, you will be totally hooked by this twisty and gripping read about family secrets, marriage betrayal and the dark side of love.

 

Readers absolutely love The Woman at 46 Heath Street:

 

‘WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Loved it… What a brilliant book… I found it very hard to put my kindle down!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Brilliant… One of 2019’s best!... Keeps you in suspense until that last page!... A splendid thrill-ride!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘WOW! Just loved this book, a definite page-turner… An excellent read.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Completely gripping from page one.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Wow… A fascinating story that kept me flipping the pages late into the night.’ It’s All About the Thrill

 

‘Twisty, compelling and brilliant… The Woman at 46 Heath Street is an edge-of-your seat, twist-packed thriller with an added dash of poetic justice that had me hooked in from the very first page… captivating the reader throughout her gripping story. Well worth far more than five stars and highly recommended by little old me.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I stayed up way too late to finish reading it all in one sitting… Twists and turns to keep you guessing right up until the end!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A taut, fast-paced psychological thriller that pulls you in from the very first paragraph.  I could not turn the pages quickly enough… An absolutely gripping novel, chock full of twists and turns, and it will keep you guessing until the final dramatic conclusion.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Excellent… I was pulled in from the start and couldn't put it down.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘This book is amazing… I was hungry for more… Utterly gripping, haunting and riveting.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Another hit, so gripping and left me wanting more… Highly recommend!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Fantastic… You have to read this brilliant, twisty, unpredictable thriller which will keep you guessing till the very end.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Brilliant… I read this in a day. I was so absorbed by the characters.’ Vikki Patis, 5 stars

 

‘A suspense novel bent on revenge? Sign me up, take my money, leave me gasping for breath and dialling 9-1-1!... A compelling read that I just couldn't put down.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Brilliant book! Had me guessing all the way through and loved the unexpected twist of an ending! This is another book that deserves way more than just five stars. If you only read one book this year make it this one!’ NetGalley Reviewer

 

‘Oh my! This book is twisty and absolutely gripping, as promised. … Now this one I could get into. I was hooked from the very beginning… A wonderfully written, absolutely gripping and terrifically twisty book!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘My GOD, this was exciting.’ Book Club President

 

‘Will keep you guessing until the very end. This book grabbed me from the first few pages. It is a captivating page-turner with lots of twists and turns with an ending I did not see coming.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

How safe are your secrets?

One letter a week for fifteen years. Identical white envelopes brimming with my sister’s darkest secrets. All the intimate details of a life as different to mine as could possibly be.

I read each letter slowly: Ellie’s friends and enemies, her career in the city and dreams of a family, the terrible secret she’s hiding from her husband, the devastating lies she’s telling herself…

So I still feel close to Ellie. Even though we haven’t seen each other her since we were children; since our parents died.

But now I need help, and I know Ellie won’t fail me. My twin sister will take me in and we will never speak of why, at the end of each letter, she always scrawls:

Don’t forget to burn this letter. 

A jaw-dropping psychological thriller that you will read in one sitting. If you loved dark, twisty thrillers like The Girl on The Train, The Couple Next Door and Friend Request, this unputdownable novel will have your heart racing long after you’ve finished reading.

What readers are saying about Secrets Between Us:


‘FABULOUS! TEN STARS! The writing is wonderful, the story mesmerizing, and the characters realistic and believable. I had to rush through the final few pages at the end because I couldn't stand the suspense and just had to know the ending… I loved everything about this book and highly recommend it!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘This was one heck of a ride from midnight to 3am. I couldn't seem to stop reading, I tried really hard to shut down my kindle, but I had to get to the ending… An addicting ride… I literally felt like a fly stuck in a spider's web who had to keep reading to escape. The scenes caused a tidal wave of emotions to arise, it had me going OMG constantly… can be called nothing but addictive, unputdownable, and a joyride!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘WOW!!! This was a gripping psychological thriller, the twists were Unreal!!! I Absolutely could NOT put this book down, Amazing… a Phenomenal book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘An intense, crazy awesome psychological thriller! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it had me up most of the night reading! My husband slept soundly beside me and at times I wished he was up, the book so SO CREEPY. It’s that uneasy feeling!... I genuinely enjoyed reading Secrets Between Us!’ Cloud of Thoughts, 5 stars

‘I would give this book more stars if I could!!!! Holy cow was this a thrilling book! … I really loved this book and recommend reading if you love a great thriller!’ Dawn Mequio, 5 stars

‘The ending is superb, brilliant even and left me with the book-hangover from hell… I still can’t get that ending out of my head.’ Jenny O’Brien Writer, 5 stars

‘I totally enjoyed the book and read it in less than 24 hours. I will definitely recommend it... Easy 5 stars.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Compelling reading and it's one of those books where you find yourself saying ‘just one more chapter’ and then the next thing you know it's impossible to put down until you've finished it… will have you gripped from the off and the build up of mystery and suspense throughout was literally spellbinding. I couldn't tear myself away until I had got to the last page… would definitely recommend you giving this one a go.’ Bytheletterbookreviews

‘One of the best books that I’ve read in a long time! I seriously could not put it down and read it all in one day.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

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