Barbara Copperthwaite



January 2018

‘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!

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