I write gritty psychological crime thrillers with realistic characters you can relate to. My new book, HER LAST SECRET, will be published on Friday 13th October – lucky for you, unlucky for the Thomas family… It is available for pre-order NOW!



There are some secrets you can never tell.

The last thing to go through Dominique Thomas’s head was the image of her teenage daughter’s face and her heart lifted. Then the shot rang out.

They were the perfect family. Successful businessman Ben Thomas and his wife Dominique live an enviable life, along with their beautiful children; teenager Ruby and quirky younger daughter, Mouse.

But on Christmas Day the police are called to their London home, only to discover a horrific scene; the entire family lying lifeless, victims of an unknown assailant.

But when Ruby’s diary is discovered, revealing her rage at the world around her, police are forced to look closer to home for the key to this tragedy.

Each family member harboured their own dark truths – but has keeping their secrets pushed Ruby to the edge of sanity? Or are there darker forces at work?

This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, Sometimes I Lie, and The Girl on the Train will be captivated.

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The Darkest Lies FINAL

A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret.

Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village.

Nothing can shake her happiness – until the day that Beth goes missing and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home.

Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter’s attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won’t they talk?

As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harbouring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie’s life in terrible danger…

A completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming. Fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister and Before I Let You In will be captivated.

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Praise for Flowers For The Dead

“A chillingly drawn serial killer. Will have you looking over your shoulder and checking under the bed. Original, gripping and writing with a deep psychological impact.” Sunday Mirror

“Utterly twisted, satisfyingly shocking and brilliantly clever… To come across something unique in a genre that is so massively popular is always a special treat. A new dimension to a classic theme.” Nicky Reviews Reads

“Barbara Copperthwaite writes quite beautifully – the words flow easily and the pages turn, and she makes the chilling and dark, the absurd and horrific into easy reading. Without a moment’s hesitation, one of my books of the year.” Being Anne

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invisible cover large 03 new res 01Praise for Invisible

“Totally gripping with scarily believable characters, this is one of the most assured debuts of the year.” Bella

“This psychological thriller will stay with you for a long time after you’ve put it down. Totally believable and claustrophobically intense.” Crime Confidential

“One of the most in depth and interesting demonstrations of character development and the strength of the human spirit.” Many Books, Many Lives

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