Barbara Copperthwaite


The end (of my book) is nigh! #amwriting #crimefiction #writerslife

“That conveys to the reader and they feel that same sense of urgency”

This morning so far I’ve managed to open the curtains and discover five or six inches of snow that fell in the night, light my fire (it’s a lovely stove that is going beautifully now and it’s so cosy) and I’ve also been out to feed the birds. Sparrow, wren, and thrush have visited thus far, and the pair of wood pigeons won’t be far behind them. It’s so lovely to see them taking the water and eating the seeds and fat, then hiding in the hedge, fluffed up against the cold.

Looking out across my tiny garden is such a joy as I’m writing – and right now I’m writing like a demon. I’ve reached that fabulous tipping point in the tale, when momentum really gathers, so that I’m rushing towards the end and can’t wait to reach it. If I feel like that as a writer, then hopefully that conveys to the reader and they feel that same sense of urgency as they’re reading story. This is the stage that is hard for me to put down; and as I don’t like to take a day off I plan on working through this weekend. What are you up to this weekend? Whatever it is, stay safe, stay warm and keep reading! x


‘Brilliant whodunit’ #BookReview FORCE OF NATURE @janeharperautho @LittleBrownUK via @bcopperthwait

‘The plotting is clever and intricate’



Is Alice here? Did she make it? Is she safe? In the chaos, in the night, it was impossible to say which of the four had asked after Alice’s welfare. Later, when everything got worse, each would insist it had been them.

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

The hike through the rugged landscape is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with.

Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.


The thought of a team building exercise is enough to strike fear and dread into most people’s hearts at the best of times, but in Force of Nature it is the clever launching point for a brilliant whodunit.

One again, a strong sense of place is key as Aaron Falk investigates; although this time it is the cold, drizzle-encased bushland of Australia. It is a slow burner, with…to read in full, CLICK HERE

‘Evocative & raw’ #Bookreview THE CHILD FINDER @renedenfeld @benwillisuk @orionbooks

‘Heartbreaking, stunning, beautifully-phrased, and delicately judged’


Naomi Cottle finds missing children. When the police have given up their search and an investigation stalls, families call her. She possesses a rare, intuitive sense, born out of her own experience, that allows her to succeed when others have failed.

Young Madison Culver has been missing for three years. She vanished on a family trip to the mountainous forests of Oregon, where they’d gone to cut down a tree for Christmas. Soon after she disappeared, blizzards swept the region and the authorities presumed she died from exposure.

But Naomi knows that Madison isn’t dead. As she relentlessly pursues the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce defences that have protected her for so long. If she finds this child, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?


I started this book immediately after finishing The Dry, and the two setting couldn’t be more different – The Dry being set in the heat of drought in Australia, while The Child Finder takes place in a snow-filled forest. It gave me shivers, not simply through evocative sense of place, but also the horror of the story playing out.

It’s not often the phrase ‘beautiful’ can be used about a crime book, but The Child Finder really is something quite special, utterly unique in its ability to spin a gorgeous fairytale over the horror of child abduction. Doesn’t sound possible, does it?…TO READ IN FULL, CLICK HERE

#BookReview THE DARKEST LIES via @geekbibliophile

‘What an intense read this was! It kept me guessing from start to finish, and I think I suspected pretty much everyone that was mentioned in the story.’

Nothing puts a smile on my face faster than knowing a reader has loved one of my books. So I’ve a big smile right now, thanks to a great review of THE DARKEST LIES over on The Geeky Bibliophile.

So just who is The Geeky Bibliophile? ‘As the name suggests, most of what I write about here on TGB is bookish in nature—reviews of books I’ve read, author interviews (there’s only one so far, but I’m planning to do more), and just about anything having to do with books and reading. But I love to get my geek on about other things—such as my favorite TV shows,’ she explains.

So what’s she got to say about The Darkest Lies?

‘What an intense read this was! It kept me guessing from start to finish, and I think I suspected pretty much everyone that was mentioned in the story.’ To read the review in full, or to find out more about The Geeky Bibliophile, click here.


‘Impossible to put down’ #Bookreview THE DRY @janeharperautho @LittleBrownUK

‘Transports the reader so that I wasn’t simply reading these things, I was right there’



I just can’t understand how someone like him could do something like that.

Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn’t rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.

Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke’s death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend’s crime.


The huge, relentless sky; the sun beating down; the vast open space; the claustrophobia of a small community that suddenly realizes one of their own has committed the most terrible of murders – The Dry, by Jane Harper, transports the reader so that I wasn’t simply reading these things, I was right there. Even in the cold of the British winter, I could feel the stifling heat of the Australian summer.

I’m late to the party with this book, and deliberately so. I went into it feeling neutral, rather than with high expectations from all the hype, and I’m so…TO READIN FULL, CLICK HERE

‘Clever, twisted, & different’ #Bookreview BRING ME BACK, @BAParisAuthor @HQstories @HarperCollinsUK

‘B.A. Paris has what it takes to have real longevity as a writer.’


The Disappearance:

Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.

The Suspicion:
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.

The Fear:
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried…


Clever, twisted and quite different from her previous novels, with Bring Me Back B.A. Paris goes darker. This is an author who goes from strength to strength, and by slightly moving away from the more straightforward domestic noir, she is cleverly repositioning herself, proving she is not a one-trick author. B.A. Paris has what it takes to have real longevity as a writer… TO CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

The best Best Books year ever! #writerslife #BestBooksof2017 #HerLastSecret

The other day, I posted a little review of the year. In it I included a thank you to those bloggers who had been kind enough to choose one of my books for their lists of the Best Books of 2017 ( Novel Deelights and Ali The Dragon Slayer for featuring THE DARKEST LIES, and Crime Book Junkie, The Book Review Café, Novel Deelights, Being Anne, My Chestnut Reading Tree and Compulsive Reader for choosing HER LAST SECRET). The amount of lists my books had appeared on absolutely blew me away – so imagine my surprise when I discovered even more had chosen to feature HER LAST SECRET.

Thank you so much Stardust Books, If Only I Could Read Faster, Rosepoint Publishing, Chelle’s Book Reviews, The Haphazardous Hippo, Chat About Books, and Rae Reads, you’ve no idea how happy you’ve made me!

2017 ended so brilliantly, and now 2018 has got off to a flying start thanks to this. I can’t wait to see what else the year has in store!

My 2017 highlights #HerLastSecret #TheDarkestLies

Having a look back over everything that has happened this year in order to compile this post has been a surreal experience, if I’m honest. It feels as if it happened to someone else, not me at all. 2017 has been the best year of my writing career so far, yet it’s also been dominated by illness and loss.

When THE DARKEST LIES published in May, it made me so proud. It became an Amazon bestseller in four countries – the UK, USA, Canada, and Australia. When it charted on the USA Today bestseller list it was one of the most wonderful moments of my life!

At the same time, though, I became ill and it was only at the end of August that I was finally back to full strength. As a result, I wasn’t able to really enjoy the success I’d achieved. It also meant my writing has taken a massive hit, and I’m so lucky that my publisher, Bookouture, have been so understanding. My next book will be out in early summer 2018 – and it will be dedicated to Norman Price, my lovely uncle, who died at the end of August. We all miss him so much.

October brought the release of my second book of the year, Her Last Secret, which hit Number 1 on the Kobo chart! It was another proud moment.

Now, bloggers have compiled their Best Books of 2017, and I’m absolutely blown away by how many have chosen to include my books.

Thank you so much to Novel Deelights and Ali The Dragon Slayer for featuring THE DARKEST LIES.

Huge thanks to Crime Book Junkie, The Book Review Café, Novel Deelights, Being Anne, My Chestnut Reading Tree and Compulsive Reader for choosing HER LAST SECRET.

So, with 2017 heading to its close, it’s time to look to the future. Here’s to a wonderful 2018 for us all. Happy New Year, everyone xx


#BookReview : Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite @BCopperthwait

‘A devilishly delicious read’ What a wonderful review of Flowers For The Dead.

Me and My Books


“Flowers for the Dead” by Barbara Copperthwaite, was published September 2015.  It is available in paperback or eBook.  Purchase from Amazon UK ~ Amazon US



After a devastating car crash wipes out her family, Laura struggles to get her life together. Grieving, she becomes forgetful. She doesn’t remember how money got into her purse, or buying that pint of milk…

Adam is the perfect boyfriend. He cooks meals. He does the housework. He looks after Laura’s every need. He knows everything about her.

But Laura has never met Adam. And she knows nothing about him.

What turned him into a monster who stalks his victims? How did he become warped from a sensitive boy who adored the fairy tales his gran read to him? And what is he trying to say with the bouquets he sends?

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