Barbara Copperthwaite



December 2017

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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‘Wonderful story-telling’ #Bookreview MOTHER @SELynesAuthor @Bookouture


‘Wonderful story-telling builds slowly to a crescendo’


Christopher would never hurt anyone. Not intentionally. Even after everything that’s happened I still believe that…

Christopher Harris is a lonely boy. A boy who has never fitted in to his family. Who has always felt something was missing from his life.

Until one day, when he discovers a suitcase in his family’s attic. Inside the suitcase is a letter. Inside the letter is a secret about his mother that changes everything.

What price would you pay for the perfect family?

Christopher finally has a chance at happiness. A happiness that he will do anything to protect…


With an opening scene that is full of action, fear, and tension, Mother then moves to a slower pace, transforming into a character-driven psychological thriller. And what characters! Each one is a clear individual, with their own fascinating little tics and tells. The author saves the best for the main character, though – Christopher is out of step with the world, and will stay with me for a long time. Is he misunderstood or creepy? Misfit or… TO READ IN FULL, CLICK HERE

Did YOU win my competition? Find out! #HerLastSecret #FlowersForTheDead #TheDarkestLies

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my competition across social media. The response was INCREDIBLE, and it was brilliant seeing so many people having fun – well, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did, anyway 🙂
So, today is the day to announce who has got lucky! *drumroll*
The winners are…
SIGNED COPY of Her Last Secret and some chocolate to indulge in while reading:
The Writing Garnet (WordPress blog entry)
SIGNED COPY of The Darkest Lies and some chocolate to indulge in while reading:
Kerry Lee (Facebook entry)
Donna Moran (Facebook entry)
Nessa Stimson (Facebook entry)
SIGNED COPY of Flowers For The Dead and some chocolate to indulge in while reading:
Yvonnembee (WordPress blog entry)
AUDIO BOOK of Her Last Secret and some chocolate to indulge in while listening:
Shelley Pope (Facebook entry)
Pam Stillwell Gardner (Facebook entry)
Rosie Knight (Facebook entry)
Congratulations to all you lucky winners! Please contact me so that I can organise getting the prize to you 🙂
Thank you again to everyone for taking part x
[All entrants were included in a draw, and the winners chosen at random. In the event of a winner not coming forward for their prize by Monday 11 December, another winner will be chosen at random to take their place.]

An incredible hook #Bookreview THE SECRET MOTHER @ShaliniBoland @Bookouture


‘An incredible hook, it’s a real ‘what the heck?’ moment.’


‘Are you my mummy?’

Tessa Markham returns home to find a child in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children.

Not anymore.

She doesn’t know who the little boy is or how he got there.

After contacting the police, Tessa is suspected of taking the mystery child. Her whole life is turned upside down. And then her husband reveals a secret of his own…

Tessa isn’t sure what to believe or who to trust. Because someone is lying. To find out who, she must confront her painful past. But is the truth more dangerous than Tessa realises?


The opening scene of this book has an incredible hook, it’s a real ‘what the heck?’ moment. It’s skillfully written, and from that moment on I… TO READ IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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