Barbara Copperthwaite



November 2016

“Ingenious” My #bookreview of BEHIND HER EYES, by Sarah Pinborough @SarahPinborough @HarperFiction

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“Ingenious, dastardly, devastatingly well-plotted, and totally unique.”


Don’t Trust This Book

Don’t Trust These People

Don’t Trust Yourself

And whatever you do, DON’T give away that ending…


Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…


Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…


Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.

But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really is the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?

Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them


I’m almost sorry to write this review at this moment. Why? Because Behind Her Eyes is a book I am desperate to talk to other people about, desperate for others to read RIGHT NOW! But they can’t because it isn’t released until 26 January (I received a review copy from HarperFiction). Jot that date in your diary, because this is a book not to be missed…

Right from the intriguing and disturbing start, the sense of growing unease makes the air crackle every time a page is turned. Despite its slow teasing out of facts – or rather, because of it – this is a book you will devour, desperate to plunge… TO READ REVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE


“It blew my socks off!” #bookreview by @Beadyjan of INVISIBLE #noir #crimefiction #mustread #gift

“Invisible took me where I hoped ‘The Widow’ by Fiona Barton was going to take me and much further”

There are reviews that make an author cry for all the right reasons – and wonderful blog Beady Jan’s Books made me do just that.

“Invisible took me where I hoped ‘The Widow’ by Fiona Barton was going to take me and much further,” writes reviewer Janet. Wonderful news, especially given that when Invisible came out in April 2014, it was a unique concept until The Widow was published the following year.

Janet admits she was a bit nervous about starting Invisible at first, though. “I adored her novel Flowers for the dead, in fact I couldn’t STOP tweeting about it, praising it, loving it. So this one, written earlier than that couldn’t possibly live up to my expectations – Don’t be silly, of course it could! It BLEW MY SOCKS RIGHT OFF,” she reveals.

Hurray! Brilliant news!

“[Barbara] gets right inside the mind of a serial killer like no other author I have ever known, how does she DO this so well?” Janet adds.

Well, that would be telling – but I CAN tell you that if you want to read Janet’s review in full, you can do so by clicking here. And if you want to read an excerpt of Invisible, simply” target=”_blank”>click here.

Thank you Jan for the fabulous review! I’m so glad to hear you loved it! xx



BLOOD TYPE: Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland #amwriting #writingtips


“I usually fall ill after I release a book as I put so much of myself into each one.”

CRIME AUTHORS SPILL THEIR GUTS ABOUT WRITING. Every Thursday top-notch authors of psychological thrillers and crime fiction share their writing secrets – and the secrets to their success – with you and me.


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I’m a mum of two boys and I love to write dark stories. Writing suits my personality as I like my own company. I’m often to be found sitting on the sofa in my pyjamas, laptop or notebook in hand, a forgotten cup of tea on the table, fencing questions from children, and ignoring the mess around me. Occasionally, I will get dressed and go out…

How do you pick character names? Do any have special meaning to you? 

The name has to fit the character perfectly, or I can’t write it. I try to steer clear of names of people I know. However, I have been known to give the bad guys similar names to people from my past who may have upset me – I probably shouldn’t have admitted to that.. TO READ THE INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE

TBC 20/20 Blogger Event Wednesday Top Five

Absolutely overjoyed FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD has been included in this list of all time favourite books by the lovely Jo, over on My Chestnut Reading Tree. to read about her other incredible recommendations, read on…!


I’m over the half way mark now in my top 20 All time favourites that I’ve posted daily in THE Book Club 20/20 Blogger Event over on Facebook. I’ve added quite a few of the books mentioned by other bloggers to my wish list and have also loved seeing some great books that didn’t make my list (it was HARD to narrow it down!) have made it into others.

1. Asta’s Book by Barbara Vine

1905 Asta, her husband and their 2 little boys have left Denmark for London. Secrets are written in her diaries that are read many years later by her granddaughter. Are they the key to a missing child?
I have a very well worn paperback copy of this book I have had for’s one of the few books I can happily read once every couple of years and still get something new from it each…

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“Fabulously different” My #bookreview of Rattle, by Fiona Cummins @FionaAnnCummins @panmacmillan


“A fabulously different detective story”


A serial killer to chill your bones

A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter.

He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum.

Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt.

Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs.

What begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey’s father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.

Set in London’s Blackheath, Rattle by Fiona Cummins explores the seam of darkness that runs through us all; the struggle between light and shadow, redemption and revenge.

It is a glimpse into the mind of a sinister psychopath. And it’s also a story about not giving up hope when it seems that all hope is already lost.


Rattle is a fabulously different detective story, that I am very much hoping is going to be the start of a series.

At its heart is a serial killer with almost supernatural powers, such is his ability to find his victims and stalk them, then disappear without trace. And yet we are also given a glimpse at his other side, the side the world sees: that of caring husband. That subtle addition to the plot cleverly… TO READ IN FULL, PLEASE CLICK HERE

BLOOD TYPE: Peter Swanson @PeterSwanson3 #amwriting #writingtips


“I usually have a very bad moment about halfway through writing a book when I’ve painted myself into some unpleasant corner.”

CRIME AUTHORS SPILL THEIR GUTS ABOUT WRITING. Every Thursday top-notch authors of psychological thrillers and crime fiction share their writing secrets – and the secrets to their success – with you and me.


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I am a full time crime writer living just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. When I’m not writing crime thrillers, I’m probably reading a crime thriller, and when I’m not doing either of those two things, I am trying to organize the ridiculous number of books that are threatening to take over my very small office.

I’ve published two novels—The Girl With a Clock For a Heart, and The Kind Worth Killing. My newest thriller — Her Every Fear — comes out in January, 2017 (Note from Barbara – if you want to read a review of Her Every Fear, click here).

How do you pick character names? Do any have special meaning to you?

Some names—usually of the main characters—have special meaning. For example, Ted Kimball, the frustrated-poet detective in The Kind Worth Killing is called Ted after Ted Hughes, and Kimball was my grandmother’s maiden name, and also my sister’s middle name. It’s a surname I associate with goodness, and Ted, especially compared with the other characters in the book he exists in, is one of the good guys.

But Ted Kimball’s name is an exception. Most of my character’s names are… TO READ THE INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE

“A pacy, blood-soaked tale” My #bookreview of The Beautiful Dead, by Belinda Bauer @BelindaBauer @TransworldBooks


“Fast-paced, intelligent, dark, twisted, yet with perfectly-judged humour.”


There’s no safety in numbers . . .

Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she’ll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience.

The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying.

When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realizes that the killer has two obsessions.

One is public murder.

And the other one is her . . .


This book ticks a lot of boxes for me, fast-paced, intelligent, dark, twisted, yet with the occasional light touch of humour that is perfectly judged. It’s a rare and wonderful thing to come across a crime novel that can make me chuckle one minute and shiver the next.

At the centre of the novel is… TO READ THE REVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE

BANNED! My novel INVISIBLE & the allure of #Bannedbooks



On Friday, I found myself on the receiving end of a very unpleasant revelation. My book, INVISIBLE, had become a banned book.

It started when I decided to take out an ad on Facebook to promote the fact that Invisible is currently on special offer – it’s down to 99p until Friday (to find out more, click here). I’ve done this a few times before and never had any problems, so clicked on the link to restart an ad I have run previously. But I got a message asking me to edit the ad because there had been a complaint that something in it was abusive.

This was news to me. I read and re-read the advert, but couldn’t find anything in it that might offend anyone. Was it perhaps the tagline “There’s one victim of crime no one notices”? Perhaps ‘victim of crime’ was an upsetting trigger for someone. So I rewrote it: ‘You’d know if you were married to a monster. Wouldn’t you?” The ad was rejected, still insisting it was abusive.

So I cut back the review quotes, wondering if there was an innocuous word in them that was somehow being misconstrued. Nope, after being cut back to the bone, the ad was still being rejected for the same reason: that it contained something someone had complained was abusive.

The ad now read:

** Only 99p ** Limited offer! **




“Quietly brilliant”



What on earth could be wrong with that? At my wits’ end, I pressed the button that allows me to appeal the decision.

In the meantime, I decided to simply post something on my Facebook author page, so at least any followers of mine could perhaps spread the word. The second I posted the link a warning came up: ‘This is a banned link. Please remove.’ I went cold. What was going on? Friends heard about the problem, and told me they couldn’t post the link either. Facebook had banned INVISIBLE. I had no way of promoting my novel.

A couple of hours later, Facebook sent me a message letting me know they had looked into my problem and reached a decision. “The content advertised by this advert is prohibited,” it advised.

I’m stunned and more than a little bemused. What is abusive? What is it about my book that makes it any more prohibited material than the next crime novel?

It seems there is nothing I can do about this situation. I am now officially the author of a banned book!

I’m annoyed and flabbergasted. But on the plus side, INVISIBLE is in some rather fabulous company. I’ve researched some of the most famous banned books….



Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell

Take a wild guess at why this touching story of a horse’s adventures in 19th century England was banned by South Africa’s apartheid regime at one point. Yes, it really was simply because it had the words “black” and “beauty” in the title. No joke.

41dC0QyFt1L.jpgWild Swans, by Jung Chang

This brilliant book (if you haven’t read it, do give it a go. It’s wonderful: heartbreaking yet hopeful) is a family memoir told via three generations of women. It’s a unique insight into life in China under the iron rule of Chairman Mao’s Communist party. With over 13 million copies sold, Wild Swans is reportedly the biggest selling non-fiction paperback of all time, but has remained banned in China since its release in 1991.

51LwOot5UyL.jpgThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L Frank Baum

To most readers, this is a simple, feel-good tale. To some, it promotes witchcraft, and the portrayal of human skills as “individually developed rather than God given.” They weren’t keen on an independent female protagonist, either. For these reasons it was banned by many US libraries and schools in the 1930s and 1950s.

51KnLDNUVpL.jpgAll Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque

Written by a veteran of the First World War, this most respected and renowned work of fiction pulls no punches in its portrayal of the brutality of battle. Hardly surprising, then, that the Nazi government banned it in 1933.


51ycr4lerlMadame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert

Another favourite novel of mine (perhaps I have an affinity for the risqué without even realizing it). This classic tale based on the affairs of a bored married woman caused moral outrage when it was published in 1857. Flaubert and his publishers were put on trial for obscenity, although later acquitted.

91PBkpaBlLL.jpgThe Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank

The simple and moving personal account of a teenager hiding from the Nazis, was published in 1953, after Anne’s tragic death. Despite sales totaling well over 30 million, the book was banned in the Lebanon for depicting Jews positively. More astonishingly, it has been challenged by various organisations in the US, including members of the Alabama State Textbook Committee who contended it was a “real downer.

51qvzmfmunlThe Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer

Despite being authored at the end of the 14th Century, The Canterbury Tales – a series of tales from journeying pilgrims – was still considered risqué for its colourful language and sexual innuendos into the late 20th Century. Under the Comstock Law (1873), it was prohibited for sale in the US and even now abridged versions are commonplace.

On a personal note, I still remember being jealous to discover that the English group in the year above me was studying the bawdy The Miller’s Tale, while I was stuck with the rather dry The Clerk’s Tale.

51n3ipqtmnlHarry Potter, by J K Rowling

The cheery series of books about a young boy discovering he is a wizard and overcoming untold evil seems to have upset quite a few people, despite amassing sales of over 450 million. The first four books in the collection have the dubious honour of being the most banned books in America.

Portrayal of death, evil and hatred – as well as promotion of belief in witchcraft – are among reasons cited for taking it off the shelves of schools and libraries. Others labelled it a “masterpiece of satanic deception”. Gosh…

912zaokOqWL.jpgWhere’s Waldo?, by Martin Handford

What could Waldo/Wally have been up to, to get him into so much trouble? Well, when it was first published in the 1990s, apparently one of the “spotting” scenes included a crowd of sunbathers – and one appeared to be topless. For that reason, it became one of the American Library Association’s most banned books of 1990-2000.

81hMLwLIEuL.jpgLady Chatterley’s Lover, by D H Lawrence

This sexually explicit tale of an adulterous love affair was considered so steamy that it was famously banned in the UK from its release in 1928. In 1959, Penguin went to trial to get permission to publish it, during which the prosecution asked: “Is this a book you would wish your wife or servants to read?” Readers answered in their droves when, on its first day of publication, the book sold over 200,000 copies. As I have neither a wife nor a servant, I have to confess that I have never read it.

So, I’m hoping that censorship can be a good thing… If INVISIBLE can achieve the sales and long-term success of these famous banned books, I’ll be very happy.

  • INVISIBLE is a standout psychological thriller, which is only 99p until Friday. To find out more, click here 



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