For my Friday Reads post this week I’m featuring my new psychological thriller, The Family Reunion, which will be published by Bookouture on 23 January 2023. It’s my fourth psychological thriller, and I was inspired to write it by watching TV programmes such as Long Lost Family. I always have tears in my eyes when the family are happily reunited, but as a psychological thriller writer, I can’t help looking at the other angle and asking myself what would happen if things didn’t quite turn out as everyone wanted. What if the birth mother’s existing family resent the long-lost sibling? Or if the long-lost sibling has struggled in life and resents the way their birth mother abandoned them but went on to marry and look after other children? Then, of course, I have to take this a little bit further; what if the jealously between the other siblings simmers and explodes, resulting in someone getting hurt? That’s the springboard of this story.
The daughter you never knew… wants the life she never had.
I always tried to pretend my life was perfect. A beautiful house, a loving family. But the truth was nobody knew my secret.
About the terrible thing that happened when I was a teenager, and the tiny, fragile baby girl who I couldn’t look after. It broke my heart to leave her, as I did, with just a scrawled note tucked into her soft, yellow blanket , saying her name was Hope.
I’ve never forgotten my secret daughter though, never escaped the guilt. But now she’s made contact. And I’m ready to meet the missing piece of our family.
My family all seem to accept her with open arms, their forgiveness a blessing I barely deserve. And I dare to believe that maybe we are all going to have a happy ending after all.
But nothing is as it seems. And little do I know it, but by the time of the big family reunion I’ve planned for my birthday, my perfect life will come crashing down…
An utterly gripping psychological suspense novel with a twist you’ll never see coming. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Mark Edwards and K.L. Slater.