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About Kerry Fisher
Kerry Fisher is an internationally bestselling author of women's contemporary fiction, including The Woman I Was Before, The Silent Wife (USA Today bestseller) and Other People's Marriages, as well as a non-fiction memoir, Take My Hand. She was born in Peterborough, studied French and Italian at the University of Bath and spent many years living in Spain, Italy and France. After returning to England to work as a journalist, she eventually abandoned real life stories for the secrets of fictional families. She now lives in Surrey with her husband, with an intermittent empty nest as her two young adult children come and go.
You can see Kerry Fisher interviewed here: https://bit.ly/2Ycw4Z9
Best advice ever received: 'This is fiction, we can skip the boring bits.' Lynn Hightower, UCLA Writers' Program.
Mantra in life: Good times will come again.
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‘A heart-wrenching and gripping tale. I was hooked from the very first page.’ Write Escape
Lara’s life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can’t tell anyone else or everything he has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage.
Maggie is married to Massimo’s brother Nico and lives with him and her troubled stepdaughter. She knows all of Nico’s darkest secrets – or so she thinks. Then one day she discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret about Nico’s first wife. Will Maggie set the record straight or keep silent to protect those she loves?
For a family held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price.
A USA Today bestseller – a heart-wrenching, emotionally gripping read for fans of Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
What everyone’s saying about The Silent Wife:
‘A compulsive read about secrets, lies, and the complexities of families.’ Bloomin’ Brilliant Books
‘What a great novel this is! A very moving story filled with deception, betrayal and, contrastingly, loyalty, love, caring and forgiveness... and it has a brilliant ending!’ Splashes Into Books
‘Well, this book is a firecracker!...you will experience a rollercoaster of emotions, with laughter, sadness and a satisfying ending that will bring a lump to your throat.’ Many Books Many Lives
‘A fantastic, thought-provoking story, told with pace and style.’ Laura Bambrey Books
‘My heart broke … The plot is so well written that you begin to feel as though you are one of the family and it is packed with twists and turns.’ The Reading Reverie
‘A page turner - full of implied secrets, unravelling family lives, new family dynamics.’ Bookworms and Shutterbugs
‘An addictive novel about family dynamics, secrets and betrayals that will have your mouth hanging open in disbelief many times along the way.’ Books of All Kinds
‘A compelling, chilling and heart pounding read which will take you on a rollercoaster ride you’ll never want to leave. Phenomenally written and undeniably powerful, Kerry Fisher has done it yet again.’ The Writing Garnet
‘My only regret about this book is beginning to read it at half term and not being able to finish it quicker. A gripping and emotional read.’ De Ja Reads
‘It is rare that a book will make you look at your own personality and inspire you to be a better person. A less judgmental person. A braver person. The Silent Wife did that for me – and in the most unexpected way … I gasped, laughed and cried.
Steph has spent decades building a family with her husband Mal, and putting that family first. She is the glue that holds them all together and she has convinced herself that she’s been happy… most of the time. But as she stands at her birthday party watching her husband talking about a wonderful marriage she doesn’t fully recognise, the doubts that she has been pushing down for so long begin to grow…
After the party, as Steph tries to gather her courage to leave Mal, she receives a letter from her old friend Evie. Steph hasn’t spoken to Evie since a sunny weekend on a holiday beach twenty years earlier, when the two friends said things to each other that could never be unsaid. And now, Evie is seeking a reunion and a way to repair the friendship. But this reunion threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy two families.
Other People’s Marriages is an absolutely unputdownable and heartbreaking read about the lies we tell to keep our loved ones close. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
Readers are loving Other People’s Marriages:
‘A book I absolutely raced through, needing to know how it would all end! I tried to slow down because the story itself was fantastic… I'm sure this will be a favorite beach read of 2021!!!!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘I had a few books on my list to read before this one but yesterday I thought I’d take a quick peek. Well, hours later and I’d devoured the whole thing! Fabulous family drama… will tear at your heart. I was so engrossed… I was not aware until the story ended. The writing is exquisite. It feels like you are living in the book. Such a great story.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Great!... So engaging, wonderful, entertaining, thought-provoking, and will leave readers feeling emotional… loved… Had an awesome time reading this!’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Phenomenal… blew my expectations out of the water.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘I really enjoyed it!… a fantastic tale… Kerry Fisher's storytelling is just so good it totally resonated with me.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘I love Kerry Fisher's books but this one has jumped to be my new favourite.’ BookBucket
‘A wonderful novel!!… A really good read’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘I want these women as my friends!!!… I really enjoyed this… a compelling read.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Had me totally gripped’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Goodreads Reviewer
‘An absolute triumph’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Renita D’Silva
‘Beautiful and made me cry’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Book Reviews For U
‘Held me spellbound’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Bookish Jottings
Could you take in your best friend’s child, even if it risked destroying your own family?
Jo had thought that her life – and her heart – was full. With a busy job, a husband and a teenage daughter who is going off the rails, keeping her life running smoothly had already felt hard enough.
But now Jo sits at the funeral of her best friend Ginny, crushed by the loss of a friendship that had endured for thirty years: from college and their first days at work through to settling down and raising their own children.
Against her husband’s wishes, Jo has made a life-changing decision: to take in Ginny’s teenage son Victor and raise him as her own. Despite her misgivings, Jo feels she had no choice: Ginny was a single parent and Victor had no other family who could take care of him.
But Victor’s arrival is about to break open the fragile cracks that were already forming on the surface of Jo’s family life and in her small rural community… and expose a secret that has remained hidden for many years, with devastating consequences.
From the bestselling author of The Silent Wife and The Woman I Was Before, Another Woman’s Child is an unputdownable and heartbreaking read about the secrets we keep from our families, and the sacrifices we are willing to make for those we love. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
Readers love Another Woman’s Child:
‘WOW! What a rollercoaster ride this book was!... Totally gripped from the beginning… It has all the feels!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Kerry Fisher... you are simply a tremendous writer!… Such a fabulous read… Kerry always creates brilliant characters that you can bond with so easily… [This book] certainly pulled at my heart strings… I just absolutely adore everything about Kerry’s books and for me, Kerry is certainly one of the top women’s fiction writers.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘A fantastic story!… definitely an unputdownable book!… I wanted to get to the final chapter to see how the story would end, but at the same time, I did not want it to end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘It was very hard to put this book down. I just loved it. It was filled with emotions: happy ones, sad ones and everything in between.
A new home can be a happy ending. Or a fresh start. Or a hiding place...
Of all the emotions single mother Kate Jones feels as she walks into her brand new house on Parkview Road, hope is the most unexpected. She has changed her name and her daughter’s, and moved across the country to escape the single mistake that destroyed their lives.
Kate isn’t the only woman on the street starting afresh. Warm, whirlwind Gisela with her busy life and confident children, and sharp, composed Sally, with her spontaneous marriage and high-flying career, are the first new friends Kate has allowed herself in years. Whilst part of her envies their seemingly perfect lives, their friendship might help Kate to leave her guilt behind.
Until one day, everything changes. Kate is called to the scene of a devastating car accident, the consequences of which will test everything the women thought they knew about each other, and themselves.
Can Kate stop her own secrets from unravelling, or was her hope for a new life in vain?
From the bestselling author of The Silent Wife, The Woman I Was Before is a book about the things we hide from those closest to us – and the terrible consequences that keeping those secrets can have. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
Readers love The Woman I Was Before:
‘It’s been a long time since I read a whole book in 24 hours but there was no way I was putting down The Woman I Was Before. No one writes complex, painful family love like Kerry Fisher. Real and raw but funny too. Loved it!’ Iona Grey, author of Letters to the Lost
‘Wow, what a corker of a novel… exactly the sort of novel that creeps into your life and you don’t want to put down… will keep you turning the pages, anxiously, excitedly and soon to reach a thrilling conclusion.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Loved it!!!! Fell in love with the characters, so real and relatable.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I was absolutely smitten with this book! I enjoyed it from the first page to the last.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I loved this book – I lost my whole Sunday reading – just couldn't put it down!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Kate’s secret, when revealed, is gut-wrenching... An excellent read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘A cracking character-driven story that enthralled me.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘5 stars! Kerry Fisher has once again nailed it with this fantastic book about how our lives may not really be as wonderful as we like to present the
As a child, Vicky Hall never had the sort of family she wanted. The least important person in her new step-family, ignored by her mother in favour of her two younger half-siblings, Vicky was always an afterthought. Sitting alone at her graduation ceremony at the age of twenty-one, she vows to create her own family and her own life, one which is full of the love and attention she has always craved.
When Vicky meets William and falls pregnant in Greece that summer, it isn’t planned. But the two of them believe they can make it work, showering their child with the love which they believe should be enough.
But when her son Theo is two, Vicky leaves him in the care of her mother-in-law, walks out of her front door and drives to a hotel where she takes a room for the night. She doesn’t return.
What kind of mother does that?
The kind who is hiding a story you can never imagine.
The Mother I Could Have Been is a heartbreaking story of impossible decisions and second chances, from the bestselling author of The Silent Wife and The Woman I Was Before. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
Readers are loving The Mother I Could Have Been!
‘WOW!… An amazing read!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I wish I could have read this book in one sitting… I literally couldn't put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Kerry Fisher goes from strength to strength, with The Mother I Could Have Been being her best book yet.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘This is a book that once I picked up, it totally consumed me. I ended up reading it in one evening as I was so absorbed by what was in front of me and I had to see how everything was going to end… An absolute must read.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘I have loved every book I’ve read by this author and this is no exception. I loved it. I didn’t want it to end. Excellent read.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘An incredible read. So well written and heartfelt.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘I don’t even know how to start this review as I know my words will never do it justice. Each time I pick one of Kerry’s books up, I wonder how it is going to top her previous book as each and every one I’ve read has absolutely blown me away and warmed me to the core.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Another great Kerry Fisher read… this book makes you want to hug your loved ones and tell them you love them as you never know what’s around the corner!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Awesome story… grab your hankies! Read in one day.
You can run from your past, but it will always catch up with you…
Susie was forced to do something she will always regret. Everything that led to the choice she made had to be buried and forgotten.
Her secret echoes down through the years, tainting everything it touches. Her husband wonders why his wife is so distant. Her daughters can’t understand their changeable mother.
Susie knows her past is pushing her family apart, and the guilt is eating her up, but she can’t escape from the consequences of what she has done. No-one but Susie knows the whole story, and when her daughters discover a piece of the puzzle, she must face the question she has struggled with for most of her life:
Would the truth bring them back together, or break them?
From the bestselling author of The Silent Wife, The Secret Child is a heartbreaking and unputdownable novel about family secrets and lies. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain.
What readers are saying about The Secret Child:
‘WOW! From the very first, emotional chapter, I was hooked. And the story just kept getting better and better, more and more addictive… Brilliant author! Fabulous book!’ Renita d’Silva
‘The Secret Child is a powerful and emotionally charged character-driven novel. The story is heartbreaking as well as touching. I didn’t want to put the book down, for even a moment. And, this superbly written story stayed with me, long after I had turned the last page… I will read again and again.’ Write Escape, 5 stars
‘Will pull at your heartstrings… The characters and the stories were so beautifully written… This book will not disappoint.’ Book Nerd Anonymous, 5 stars
‘Heartfelt and emotional from the start… It tugged on my heartstrings and caused me to shed a few tears… It was everything I love in a book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘This is a very well written and compelling story, a heartbreaking tale of love, loss and lies which keeps you involved from start to finish.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I absolutely adore Kerry Fisher’s writing and her books just keep getting better and better.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I wanted to know how the story ended but it was so good that I wanted to keep reading… will pull on your heartstrings from every direction possible. A sure-fire bestseller.’ Sandie’s Bookshelves, 5 stars
‘A very emotional and thought provoking story… This was the first book by Kerry Fisher for me but it won't be the last.’ Twin Spin, 5 stars
‘So beautifully written it pulled me in and I felt my heart wrench… I didn't want it to end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘A touching story of love and loss, beautifully written and emotionally charged.
‘OMG, do I ever like this writer. I don't usually gush … But rarely have I come across a character that I so instantly identified with … The acerbic wit is my style. I want to meet and be friends with Lydia Rushfield.’ All Words Matter
‘An absolutely BRILLIANT read! Oh Gosh I wish I hadn’t finished it so quickly … sheer perfection … gripped me like Velcro from the very start and completely enthralled and entertained me right the way through.’ Beady Jan’s Books
Your past will devastate your family. But your lies could destroy them. What would YOU do?
Sometimes a lie can split your life in two. There is “before”, and there is “after”. Try as you might – you can never go back.
When Lydia was a teenager, she made a decision that ruined her family’s life. They’ve spent the last thirty years living with the consequences and doing their best to pretend it never happened.
Lydia’s husband, the gorgeous and reliable Mark, and her two teenage children know nothing about that summer back in 1982. And that’s the way Lydia wants it to stay. The opportunity to come clean is long gone and now it’s not the lie that matters, it’s the betrayal of hiding the truth for so long.
When someone from the past turns up as a parent at the school gates, Lydia feels the life she has worked so hard to build slipping through her fingers. The more desperate she becomes to safeguard her family, the more erratic her behaviour becomes. But when the happiness of her own teenage son, Jamie, hangs in the balance, Lydia is forced to make some impossible decisions. Can she protect him and still keep her own secret – and if she doesn’t, will her marriage and family survive?
From the author of THE ISLAND ESCAPE comes a powerful and heartbreaking story, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
What people are saying about After the Lie:
‘I absolutely loved it … Kerry Fisher goes straight away to my 'most favourite authors' list … Yes, I was touched by this book as it is one continuous roller-coaster of emotions on a very twisty track.’ Relax and Read Reviews
‘Five out of five stars. Past collides with present in this compelling book.' Portobello Book Blog
'This book was - in a word - addictive.'Voracious Reader's Blog
‘I loved it! A brilliantly woven, emotional, page-turning tale of the damage caused to a family by secrets and lies across the generations’ Rachael Lucas
‘Five out of five stars! This was a real page turner for me, and as the story went on I just couldn't predict how it was going to pan out. ' Dee Cees Reviews
'If you like reading about real women and a compelling family drama then this is the book for you. A terrific read.' Jane Lythell
'This book will make you laugh, frown and cry in equal measure.
From Amazon chart bestseller Kerry Fisher comes a hilarious and straight-talking read for anyone who has ever despaired at the politics of the school playground…
Maia is a cleaner for ladies who lunch. With mops and buckets in tow, she spends her days dashing from house to house cleaning up after them, as they rush from one exhausting pilates class to the next.
But an unusual inheritance changes the lives of Maia and her children, as they join the highly exclusive world of Stirling Hall School – a place where no child can survive without organic apricots and no woman goes a week without a manicure.
As Maia and her children try to settle into their new life, Maia is gradually drawn to the one man who can help her family fit in: Mr. Peters, a teacher at Stirling Hall School. But is his interest in her purely professional? And will it win her any favors at the school gate?
The Not-So-Perfect Mother is a laugh-out-loud-funny and romantic Cinderella story with a twist. Perfect for fans of Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner and Sophie Kinsella.
What readers are saying about The Not So Perfect Mother:
‘Hysterical! I believe all mothers will be able to see themselves in Maia... She is real and strong. I admire her and rooted for her the entire story! I loved this story!’ Two Girls and a Book Obsession, 5 stars
‘The writing was fantastic… The ending was absolutely marvellous and came together so well it had me laughing and crying at times. I will defiantly be buying a copying of this amazing book.’ Curly Book Owl
I loved this book and look forward to reading more from this author.' Robin Loves Reading
'This novel would make the perfect movie script - and one of those all-time classic romantic comedy movies. I absolutely loved reading this eye-opening, yet wonderful feel-good comedy.' M's Bookshelf
‘Loved this book!!! Definitely a fun read. I am a huge fan of Kerry Fisher's books and this one did not disappoint.’ Goodreads Reviewer
What if there was somewhere you could disappear to?
Octavia Shelton thought she’d have a different life. One where she travelled the world with an exotic husband and free-spirited children in tow.
Instead, she’s married to safe, reliable Jonathan, and her life now consists of school pick-ups and mountains of dirty laundry. She’s not unhappy. It’s just that she can barely recognise herself.
So as Octavia watches her best friend’s marriage break up, it gets her thinking. What if life could be different? What if she could escape and rediscover the person she used to be? Escape back to the island she visited years ago? And what if the man she used to love was there waiting for her?
‘Brave, heartfelt and moving’ Chat
‘A gripping and heart-wrenching read’ Gill Paul
In this heartfelt, brave and honest account, Kerry Fisher and Pat Sowa share everything they’ve learnt from surviving the darkest of times. They shine a light on what it really feels like when your world shatters and how they found hope in the deepest despair.
Best friends since they met at university, Kerry and Pat had no idea that thirty years later, they’d need every ounce of their friendship to survive. In 2017, their worlds came crashing down when their teenage sons were both diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses within weeks of each other.
During the following rollercoaster months, Kerry and Pat regularly snatched time to message each other – often with black humour – providing a momentary refuge from their frightening realities. Together these two ordinary mums found a way to survive their extraordinary challenges and to navigate a new normal in an alien and isolating world. With raw honesty, they share the things they’ve learnt and what they wish they’d known – from how to tame raging mother guilt to restoring their natural optimism in the aftershock of tragedy.
In this profoundly moving book, Kerry and Pat take readers on a very personal exploration of the universal experiences of grief and loss, love and friendship that connect us all. Like a wise companion offering comfort, Take My Hand is a lifeline both to those overwhelmed by heartbreak and for friends and family who don’t know how to help. Most of all, it’s a powerful reminder that no matter how difficult life gets, you are not alone.
Read what people are saying about Take My Hand
‘I loved this memoir so much because it resonated with me… It was totally authentic and well-informed… heart-breaking, honest, inspiring and affecting.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
'For every parent who talked to me because they couldn’t upset their other half and for every youngster who confided their thoughts to me rather than upset their parents, this book is amazing!!!’ Carole Valente, Support Worker in a children's cancer unit
‘This book has my whole heart. Kerry and Pat have been so courageous sharing their lives and their sons with us.’ Josie Silver
‘It is difficult to put into words how generous and brave this book is… a book for anyone who has a friend or family member going through something like this.’ Susan Lynes
‘I know I will be thinking about this book in months, even years to come.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘This book celebrates love – not only mother love, but the love of family and friends, the power of true friendship, and the power of simple kindness… it may just save a life.' Susan Elliot Wright
‘This amazingly powerful book at times brought me to tears… Knowing that I am not the only parent to be facing the difficulties of caring for a child with mental health issues has made such a difference to my personal journey.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Two women on a journey from suffering to hope and inspiring the reader to join them on the road. Inspired and inspiring.
Un solo errore, e Kate Jones ha dovuto cambiare nome e città. Adesso abita con la figlia a Parkview Road, un tranquillo quartiere residenziale, dove nessuno sa chi è lei né cos'ha fatto e dove spera di costruirsi una nuova vita. Il primo passo è stringere amicizia con due vicine di casa, Gisela e Sally. Eppure, sebbene entrambe siamo molto gentili, Kate è a disagio con loro: Gisela è una casalinga allegra e una mamma attenta e amorevole; Sally una brillante donna in carriera, sostenuta da un marito che l'adora. Come può Kate, una madre single dall'oscuro passato, essere alla loro altezza? Kate sa già che è solo questione di tempo, poi sarà costretta a trasferirsi di nuovo. Invece, quando il segreto di Kate viene dolorosamente alla luce, Gisela e Sally reagiscono in modo totalmente inaspettato. Fanno cadere la maschera. Allora Kate si rende conto che non è sempre oro quello che luccica, e che pure dietro le apparenze più insospettabili si nascondono frustrazioni e delusioni cocenti. E che è dunque arrivato il momento di smettere di fidarsi degli altri. Perché le vere amiche rimangono al tuo fianco nonostante tutto, pronte a sostenerti e a darti la forza di perdonarti e di guardare, finalmente, al futuro.
Per Maggie, una madre single che non ha mai avuto una relazione stabile, il matrimonio con Nico è un sogno. Anche perché finalmente farà parte di una vera, grande famiglia. Suo marito infatti vive nella casa di fronte a quella del fratello Massimo e a pochi passi dalla madre, considerata da tutti il loro nume tutelare. Eppure è proprio lei ad accogliere Maggie con estrema freddezza. Invece di vederla come la persona che ha aiutato Nico a superare la morte della prima moglie, la giudica un indegno rimpiazzo. Perché Caitlin era più sofisticata, più bella e certamente più adatta a Nico. Maggie se lo sente ripetere così tante volte che inizia quasi a crederci. Finché non trova un fascio di lettere nascoste in soffitta, lettere scritte a Caitlin da un uomo che non era suo marito. E allora cambierà ogni cosa…
L’immagine che tutti hanno di Massimo e Lara è quella di una coppia solida e felice. Brillante professionista lui, impeccabile donna di casa lei, entrambi amorevoli genitori del figlio Sandro. Eppure dietro l’apparenza si celano ombre che Lara non ha il coraggio di condividere con nessuno. Almeno fino a quando non arriva Maggie, la nuova cognata. Potrebbe essere lei la chiave per evadere dalla prigione del suo matrimonio. Ben presto, però, Lara si renderà conto che, in una famiglia tenuta insieme da ipocrisie e segreti, la verità è destinata ad avere conseguenze devastanti…