The Scandal: A gripping emotional page turner with a breathtaking twist

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Had me from the first page and didn't let go until the last.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Goodreads reviewer

“Literally takes your breath away.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Goodreads reviewer

This book has it all!!!!!!!!!!!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Goodreads reviewer


My life is like one of those cheap snow globes my twins collected when they were younger. Shiny and pretty on the outside, blurred beyond recognition when shaken.


Ever since her twin girls left home, Marisa has felt there’s something missing from her life. Her sprawling mansion is no longer filled with laughter and chaos, and she’s desperate to feel needed... and to be distracted from the secret she’s been hiding from her husband for all these years.


Coffee with her best friends might be the only thing holding Marisa together. But Claire and Elly have their own secrets. Like why Claire hasn’t been to work in weeks, or why Elly won’t tell anyone who’s buying her flowers.


When Jodi, a pregnant young girl, turns up at Marisa’s doorstep, Marisa is quick to come to her aid. She sees herself in Jodi and she knows how devoting yourself to looking after others can take up all your time in the most marvellous way.


But Jodi’s arrival quickly pushes everyone’s lies to the surface. The father of her unborn child is someone the women know very well, and Marisa starts to wonder if her obsession with helping Jodi might come at a devastating price…


The Scandal has a twist that will take your breath away. An emotionally charged novel about secrets, affairs and perfect small towns from USA Today bestseller Nicola Marsh that will be devoured by fans of Kerry Fisher, Big Little Lies and The Other Woman.


What readers are saying about The Scandal:

This book has it all!!!!!!!!!!! Scandal, secrets, lies, murder, mystery, love. You think you have figured out, but do you?... My first book by Nicola Marsh, won’t be my last.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

INCREDIBLE!... I was convinced multiple times that I had it figured out when I never actually did… It will stick with me for a while afterwards and I don't think I've ever read a thriller quite like this one before.” Goodreads reviewer


Oh my goodness this book was fabulous… [an] all-consuming, completely engrossing story. The ending was incredible and not what I predicted at all. Amazing. Highly recommended. Five big stars.Psycho-Thrilla Books, 5 stars


“Holy smokes… will rock you to the core… it's not just a scandal it's a gut-wrenching sucker punch that literally takes your breath away… I never saw that shocker coming towards me. Nicola's books are amazing and I can't wait to see what she's brewing up next! I'll take two please!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


I. Loved. This… I didn't see the ending coming until the moments that it was happening… it was impossible to pick who it could be.” Coffee And Trainspotting, 5 stars


I just absolutely loved it… I can’t say enough good things about this book. Between the plot, characters and all the twists in this book it made it an easy and fast read. I would definitely recommend it.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

A thrill ride that keeps you guessing and is full of surprises… Just when it appears that the story is drawing to a close there pops out another shock. It will keep you guessing till the last page and does not disappoint.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


“I thought I had the plot figured out quite a few times but this story twists and turns at a rapid pace and I loved it!Crafty Fox, 5 stars


Loved loved loved this book. Really terrific and different from all the other novels… unique and mesmerizing, it had me from the first page, and didn't let go until the last.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


Captivating and believable… The ending was what I most love about this story. It came out of nowhere.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


“A damn good read!... It truly was scandalous… The way this author weaved this tale of secrets and lies was amazing to say the least.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


“A fabulous read full of treachery and deceittwisty and thrillingnot what I had been expecting at all. I can't wait to see what wonderful treat Nicola Marsh has in store for me, next!” Brianne’s Book Reviews, 5 stars


Absolutely fantastic had me gripped!!! Loved it!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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Bookouture
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Jul 25, 2019
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378
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9781786819956
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English
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Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Fiction / Women
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I turn to where I left my baby in his pushchair and pull up short. With a racing heart, I look around wildly, fear gripping my stomach. I only looked away for a moment. The pushchair and my baby are gone.


Kelly is taking her twin daughters to their first day of school, ushering them into the classroom, her heart breaking to think they might not need her any more, when she turns around and sees that her newborn baby is gone.


As a desperate search ensues, baby Noah is quickly found – parked in front of a different classroom. But when Kelly reaches forward to comfort him, she finds something tucked in the side of his blanket. A locket that belonged to her sister Freya. A locket Kelly hasn’t seen since the day Freya died.


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‘Mum wants to know when you’re coming home.’ They were the only words that could ever make me return; the words that I’d been waiting to hear for all these years.


The day Ginny died, Skye lost more than just her sister. Though her mother, Mary’s, strength held their family together, Skye never saw her cry, and her silence made Skye feel alone in her grief. It overwhelmed Skye, and after Ginny’s funeral, she left, wondering if her mother blamed her for not being there the night Ginny fell.


When Skye learns that Mary is desperate to see her for the first time in fifteen years, she hopes that it’s a chance to build back their relationship over homemade shortbread and walks along the beach. To mend their hearts, which have been broken for so long.


Mary’s face is lined, but her hazel-green eyes are the same. The warm scent of lavender and apple hasn’t changed. But there is so much Skye doesn’t know about her mother. And as she finally begins to feel close to her again, Skye starts to uncover secrets about Ginny’s death that may tear their family apart for good…


My Mother’s Silence is a twisty and emotional novel about the bonds between mothers and daughters, and what happens when we hide things from those we love the most. Fans of Diane Chamberlain, Liane Moriarty and Kerry Fisher will be gripped.


What readers are saying about My Mother’s Silence:


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‘Sometimes we can’t see what’s right in front of us, Kat. Everyone has secrets, even the people we love, the people we live with…’


Kat remembers the days when her only daughter Amy wouldn't leave her side. Amy was the baby who cried when you walked out of the room, the toddler who was too shy to speak to strangers, the small child who clung to Kat's legs in the school playground.


But now Amy is grown up, and Amy is gone – to university in a town several hours away. Kat's house – which once felt too full, too noisy, too busy – is deathly quiet, and Kat awaits the daily phone call to tell her that her beloved daughter is thriving and happy.


Until the day Amy doesn’t call, sending Kat into a panic. Her husband and friends say she’s being paranoid – surely Amy is just out, having fun? But Kat feels sure something is very wrong – she knows her daughter, and she would never just disappear.


As the hours turn into days, her fears are confirmed: Amy is missing. But there are secrets about her daughter that Kat doesn't know about yet. And the truth about Amy's whereabouts may be closer to home than Kat could ever imagine...


A gripping and suspenseful psychological thriller with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster and an ending that will blow readers’ minds. Fans of The Wife Between Us, The Girl Before and Gone Girl will be gripped by this unputdownable story about a mother’s obsessive love for her child.


Readers are loving The Empty Nest:

‘OMG… I couldn’t believe the ending and what truly happened to Kat’s daughter. There were so many twists and turns in this book but the ending blew my mind.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

‘Wow I never saw that ending!... A huge rollercoaster of events that will keep you enthralled right to the end!... Great read.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

‘A full on, straight into it thriller, with a banging twist and a satisfying end! A quickfire ever changing story of who has done what and why… It had me foxed and I got it completely wrong… So well written, full of drama and just a perfect read. 10/10.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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‘A compulsively readable mystery that kept me fully engrossed and turning pages long into the night. This is a twisty thriller that kept me guessing right up until the final page… Brilliantly executed… Thoroughly addictive.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

‘I was so gobsmacked… The Empty Nest is a story steeped in secrets and lies. The suspense and tension surrounding Amy’s disappearance builds up wonderfully and had me totally hooked, tearing through the pages to see just what had happened to her.’ By the Letter Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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You let her in. You’ll wish you hadn’t.


Following a whirlwind romance, Rose and Chris’s marriage has been unshakeable for twenty years. But when teenager Katie turns up on their doorstep, blonde, wide-eyed and beautiful, their perfect life threatens to crumble to pieces. Because Katie says she’s Chris’s long-lost daughter, the product of a forgotten summer fling.


The couple is still reeling from shock when Katie tells them she has nowhere to go. The couple is her only hope. Kind-hearted Rose invites Katie to stay, despite Chris’s protests. The poor girl has only just lost her mother – they can’t leave her out on the street.


But soon after Katie moves in, strange things start happening. Someone crashes into a neighbour’s fence. An unexplained fire starts in the couple’s kitchen. And a family friend coming to visit disappears on the way to the house. Chris insists Katie has to go. But it’s Chris who won’t explain where he was at the time their friend went missing…  


The couple’s dream life seems to be turning into a nightmare. With dark secrets about Chris’s history with Katie’s mother coming to light, Rose no longer knows who to trust. Soon, she isn’t sure whether she’s invited a dangerous stranger into her home, or whether she’s been living with one all along…


A chilling thriller that will make you question everything you think you know about your loved ones. Fans of The Woman in the Window, Then She Was Gone and The Perfect Child won’t be able to put this book down.



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‘This was SOME read. Now I know what it means when people say a book was unputdownable. I just had to finish this in one sitting. It was just too good to wait until the next day… You will NOT want to miss this... Ten stars definitely!’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars


Trusting his family was her first mistake.


All Ria ever wanted was a family. Growing up alone in foster care, she imagined just how it would be. So when she fell in love with Grayson and had their daughter Shelley, she was determined to make his family love her too. She knew she’d never fit in with her glamorous sisters-in-law, or at the exclusive picture-perfect Chicago parties her mother-in-law threw, but with Grayson’s arm around her waist she tried her best to be a Parker.


Everything changed when Grayson disappeared.


Until one morning, Grayson leaves the house for work and never comes home. Left to raise Shelley alone, Ria is forced to turn to her husband’s family, to let her intimidating mother-in-law into her life, allow her to babysit Shelley, and accept her financial support. She tries to ignore the feeling that her sisters-in-law never thought she was good enough. They say they have no idea what happened to Grayson, and she tries very hard to believe them.


But Ria is about to learn that every Parker wife has secrets.


And protecting her daughter might come at a terrible price…


From USA Today bestseller Nicola Marsh. Utterly compelling, The Last Wife is an emotionally-charged novel about what one woman will do to survive. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Kerry Fisher and The Other Woman.


Readers love The Last Wife!

‘I was hooked from the thrilling prologue straight through to that jaw-dropping finale!... Drew me in and left me craving for more… Domestic suspense that'll easily have you swiping your night away.’ Misty’s Corner Reviews, 5 stars


‘WOW. I cannot say enough about this book! This book was the definition of a page turner – the plot twists kept me hooked up until the very end! Goodreads reviewer


‘What an amazing book. I couldn't put it down. Had my attention from start to finish. plenty of suspense and twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out I was proven wrong.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Gripped right from the start, I couldn’t turn the pages on my kindle fast enough. Everything immediately drew me in… Taken on a wild addictive ride and what a bloody great ride it is!... Wickedly twisted, highly addictive, utterly deceptive and I absolutely loved it!’ Once Upon A Time Book Blog, 5 stars


‘Wow. Just wow. From beginning to end you had no idea where this book was going… This is a must read book… At one point you are yelling at the book because darn it tell me, the ending had me shook. I was quaking. Definitely not what I was expecting.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Deliciously good! I could hardly put it down. The family dynamics in this salacious drama feel like the best reality show mixed with a soap opera… I highly recommend this book to anyone.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘A fabulous read! There's everything here – secrets, danger, deceit… keeps you hooked right until the last page… Not giving anything away, simply to say, this is definitely a must read.’ Brook Cottage Books, 5 stars


‘I just loved this book! My second of Nicola Marsh’s books and it did not disappoint. A domestic thriller that kept me guessing until the very end… Highly recommend.’ Chapter Chatter Pub, 5 stars


‘I have read this book in less than three hours. It was quick, sharp and full of unexpected twists. Fully recommended! I will definitely reach for more books of this author.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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