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About Rona Halsall
Rona is the author of Best Selling psychological thrillers published by Bookouture. She loves a puzzle to solve, so now she writes them... her challenge is to find domestic storylines with twists that keep her readers guessing right to the end.
She has been a bit of a nomad during her adult life, moving around the north of England. Then she settled in Snowdonia, North Wales where she brought up her family while working as a business mentor. She now lives on the Isle of Man with her husband and two dogs.
She is an outdoorsy person and loves stomping up a mountain, walking the coastal paths and exploring the wonderful glens and beaches on the Island while she's plotting her next book. She has three children and two step-children who are all grown up and leading varied and interesting lives, which provides plenty of ideas for new stories.
To find out more about Rona and her novels, visit her website: https://ronahalsall.com/
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Titles By Rona Halsall
Just because it’s over between us, doesn’t mean we can’t be friends. My ex-husband and I still care for each other a lot, and we are determined to put our sweet little boy, Toby first.
Now we’ve moved into houses right next door to each other, with each of our new partners and their children. We’ve even knocked down the garden fence, so Toby can easily run between our homes.
But it seems not everyone is happy about this big, blended stepfamily. I try to ignore the viciously-worded note in the ‘new home’ card, the red pen scrawled through my divorce paperwork, and the day I find myself locked into my house, all the keys suddenly missing…
But I can’t pretend it’s all in my head when a false accusation is made against me that could destroy my life – and Toby’s – forever.
Someone doesn’t like what’s happening under these two neighbouring roofs.
What they don’t know is that they’re messing with the wrong person. And that hell hath no fury like the wife next door…
A completely unputdownable, jaw-on-the-floor psychological thriller for fans of Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and The Couple at No.9.
Readers are loving The Wife Next Door:
‘I would give this book more than 5 stars if possible! This book was one of the best I have read this year! I literally could not put it down. Run do not walk to get this book!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘So good. I totally loved this book. When I say I couldn’t stop reading this book, I totally could not… Gripping… it seemed every page had a new twist… A total five star read.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘An amazing read!! 100/10 recommend!!… [Had] my head spinning from one twist after another! Kept me up all week wanting to finish!!!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Such a gripping psychological thriller… Put me on the edge of my seat!… Twisted… Unputdownable.’ Tropical Girl Reads ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Phenomenal… I should have seen the ending coming but… I did NOT! This book is SO good, I think I need to read it again… Absolutely loved it. So many twists.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow! This one twists and turns right up to the very end… I flew through the chapters… Unable to bear not knowing the outcome, I read it in a single day.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Full of lies and deceit and plenty of twists… Pulls you in page after page… The twists just kept coming.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘No lie, I stayed up well past when I should have been asleep to finish reading it.
He promised to love her until her dying day…
When Becca’s first love shows up on her social media feed, she can’t help but smile fondly. Once upon a time Connor was the love of her life, and though it was over ten years ago, he’s always held a place in her heart.
Then he sends her a message. He sounds happy – still kind and funny, still living across the world in Australia. But he wants to know everything about her life now. How can Becca tell him the truth? About her workaholic husband, her stressful job, and the challenges of caring for her elderly father and her longed-for, adorable but exhausting three-year-old daughter Mia?
Becca hesitates, knowing she shouldn’t even reply. But Connor lives on the other side of the world. Just how dangerous can becoming friends again be?
It feels harmless. Until Mia gets sick – in a way that no one can explain. And it starts to become clear – someone will do absolutely anything to make sure Becca never escapes her past…
A completely unputdownable psychological thriller – perfect for fans of My Lovely Wife, The Girl on the Train, and The Woman at the Window.
Readers are loving The Ex-Boyfriend:
‘Amazing… This book had me gripped from the very first page and I could not put it down…. So many twists and turns I became dizzy! Just when I thought I had it figured out my theory was shot down… Read it, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed – just make sure your calendar is clear as you won’t be able to put it down!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A perfect psychological thriller… The drama, twists and turns fly thick and fast… Once you start you won’t be able to stop… Fast paced, exciting, at times dark, very dark and at all times thrilling.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I blooming loved it… I read this gripping read in just two sittings, I was totally drawn to the characters and this had you guessing all the way through which kept me page turning until almost midnight. WOW. A must read… Just brilliant.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘It’s 1am and I’ve just finished this gripping rollercoaster of a book. When they say “unputdownable” it truly is! Wow! The emotions, the twists and turns, this book is guaranteed to keep you guessing right to the end… I loved it… Absolutely fantastic.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Blew my mind! What a twisted, deceptive web the author wove… I absolutely LOVE books like this.
You think you’re safe in your home. You’re wrong.
When Steph’s husband of thirty years, Andy, walks out with barely a word of explanation, she’s left alone in the family home. Both of their children moved out years before, and although her daughter visits often, her house no longer feels like the warm, happy, laughter-filled home it used to be.
Then she begins to hear noises in the night, finds open windows she knows she left closed, items moved. Is someone trying to scare her? She tells herself it’s all in her imagination: who would want to scare her when she’s never hurt a single person in her life?
But then her front window is smashed, and she knows someone’s out to get her. So when a young man named Noah helps her fix it, and she discovers he’s fallen on hard times, Steph impulsively offers him a place to stay. He reminds her so much of her beloved son, and she wants to help him. Also, if he is there, she won’t be alone.
Before long Noah is living in her daughter’s old bedroom, paying rent, and getting his life back on track. Andy and her daughter are furious. But Steph feels secure at last, and that’s what matters.
Until the strange things start happening once again. And Steph realises that she’s in more danger than she could have ever imagined…
And her home will never, ever feel safe again.
The most twisty and unputdownable psychological thriller of the year – perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Mark Edwards and Gone Girl.
Readers are loving The Guest Room:
‘Oh my days. What a book!!… WOW!!!… One hell of an adventure!!!!!!! I sped through the book… the next thing you know you have finished the book and it’s nearly 1am!!… She creates believable characters, gives you some red herrings to grill and then pulls the rug from out under you with a plot twist! Just love it!!!!!’ Zooloo’s Book Diary ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘O.M.G. This book blew my socks off. It was just brilliant! I love a book that slaps you into shock in the end. This was one I will remember… 10 stars.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Loved, loved, loved it!!!… A gripping, edge of your seat read to keep us guessing right up until the end!!… The plot twist was goooood!’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘My oh my, where to start....... Ohhh, a tense thriller that kept me glued right to the end… Man, this one is a good one… What an excellent book.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow!… This book got into my head… When I thought I had it figured out, the plot went in a very different direction
Chloe finally feels like she’s got her life together. After a difficult childhood and losing both parents, she worked hard for the life she loves in lively Brighton, helping people as a physiotherapist. And then she meets the perfect man.
It’s a whirlwind romance, but Dan is handsome, funny, and simply the kindest man she’s ever met. When she sees him standing by the altar, tears glistening in his eyes, she knows this will be for always.
As they sunbathe on their honeymoon island, laughing over drinks, planning their future with their feet in the sand, Dan jokes that he’d like them to stay there forever.
At first, Chloe couldn’t agree more. It’s tempting to imagine truly leaving her troubled past behind. But as the honeymoon goes on, he becomes increasingly adamant. They shouldn’t leave. In fact, he won’t let her…
An utterly gripping psychological thriller for fans of Gillian Flynn, Clare Mackintosh, and The Wife Between Us.
Readers are loving The Honeymoon:
‘I devoured this book in one night—it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat! There were many unexpected twists, right up to the very end! Highly engaging book, I definitely recommend!’ Goodreads reviewer
‘I absolutely 100% loved this book! A 5 star read… The Honeymoon had it all...twists, turns, a beautiful setting, characters we want to hate and ones we want to love, paranoia, and a sense of something bad about to happen… CRAZY AND TWISTED!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Five big shiny well deserved stars!… A story full of secrets, twists and unexpected wow moments! This thriller will keep you hanging on the edge of your seat until the very last page. I highly recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘So many twists and turns; right when you think you know what is going on, the author throws another twist at you to prove how wrong you are. Wow the ending was amazing, I never saw it coming and it hits you like a ton of bricks. I wish could read this story again for the first time just to get that huge shock. Great read, I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘A 5 star book for me! It had that ball of mixed feelings, adrenaline, twists!... I absolutely loved The Honeymoon and cannot recommend the book enough! Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘A twisty book, full of surprises… I couldn't put down even if I tried, I was reading practically open mouthed at the way the finale picked up pace (well what I thought was the finale!). And still the shocks kept on coming, all the way to the last page.’
‘A story full of secrets, twists and unexpected wow moments! This thriller will keep you hanging on the edge of your seat until the very last page. I highly recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I loved how many twists there were… It made it so exciting to read and the whole book I was dying to know what was going to happen next… And I could never have guessed… Such a rollercoaster ride!... Exciting and twisty.
My family. Her heart swelled with love. They were all that mattered. And she knew she’d do anything, anything at all for them.
Sara made one promise to herself when she was growing up in foster care: that if she was lucky enough to have a family, she’d always do whatever it took to protect them. Looking around her home with its cosy kitchen and living room, where her energetic teenage daughters and gorgeous four-year-old son all eat, play and live together, she knows she’d do anything to keep them safe.
So when Sara’s husband Matt loses his job and every shred of his confidence with it, she knows it’s up to her to bring the family back from the brink. Though she doesn’t know where she can possibly find the money they need to keep afloat.
Until her boss at work offers her a deal. He’ll help out. She just has to do him one little favour. But could trusting him save Sara’s family, or will it be a mistake that costs her absolutely everything?
This year’s most gripping psychological thriller – perfect for fans of My Lovely Wife, The Girl on the Train, and Something in the Water.
Readers are loving One Mistake:
‘What a fantastic book! I've never read any of Rona's Halsall's books before and now I know I've really been missing out!… I can't recommend this book enough. It keeps you thrilled and guessing right to the end, and I couldn't stop reading until I had finished.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Kept me on the edge of my seat… I loved that it kept taking me by surprise, sending my heart and pulse racing. A nail biter of a read where the suspense doesn’t let up. Loved it!’ By the Letter Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Impossible to put down… a taut, mesmerising story chock-a-block with secrets, lies and deceit… A true masterpiece.’ Brianne’s Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘To describe this book in one word – brilliant… This book is perfectly written, the story keeps you hooked and needing to know what happens next. The twists and turns were just brilliant!’ Victoria Wilks Writes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Now if you’re after a book that will have you constantly second guessing, this is the one for you… YOU HAVE TO GIVE THIS A GO!… An absolutely fantastic read, full of twists and turns… A definite must read that is an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through… I loved that it kept taking me by surprise, sending my heart and pulse racing.
‘Hello? Police? My husband and our children… they’re gone.’
When Mel arrives at the holiday cottage in the Lake District, she expects to find the heating on and her husband Luke and the two children waiting for her. Maybe a bottle of wine open…
Instead, there is just a note on the side, saying they’ve gone out for a walk.
But they aren’t back several hours later, and Mel knows something is wrong. Really wrong. When a search doesn’t find them, she has to confess to the police that her marriage isn’t all that it seems.
Even if that risks her own secrets being revealed…
An absolutely incredible, page-turning psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming, for fans of Gone Girl, Behind Closed Doors and Ruth Ware.
Readers can’t stop talking about Love You Gone:
‘AN UNFORGETTABLE ROLLERCOASTER THRILLER… ABSOLUTELY FREAKING BRILLIANT!!’ Book Reviews by Shalini, 5 stars
‘I LOVED this book!!... So many twists and turns. Nobody is who they appear to be. Part Two completely changed the book and I LOVED it!’ Goodreads reviewer
‘I want to start screaming and shouting with excitement with all the OMGs… I blooming well loved it!... The adrenaline was coursing through my body as the thrill of what I was reading just intensified… Loved it!’ By The Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘Oh. My. Goodness. This book blew me away! It’s bloody brilliant… Gripping, thrilling, fast paced and well written. A must read!’ Between the Pages Book Club, 5 stars
‘Grabs you by the throat and refuses to let you go till the very end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Fabulous, Amazing, Unputdownable.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Gripping from the start, I was hooked, right through to the final twist at the end.’ Smitty Reviews
‘Literally could not put this book down, completely addictive! So many unexpected twists. Fantastic book!’ Netgalley reviewer
‘Gripped me from the start, a definite page turner that kept me enthralled from page one… I absolutely loved this book. A five star psychological thriller.’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow, what a gripping psychological thriller, a fast paced page turner.... more twists and turns than a rollercoaster, so hold onto your hats and get ready for the ride.’ Netgalley reviewer
‘An absolute compulsive read and I just could not put it down, from the first page I was hooked and it was so good I ended up reading it in just over a day… So intense, full of suspense and well written.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Completely mind blowing… Intense, engrossing and fantastic.
The call comes on an ordinary Sunday afternoon to say your sister has been admitted to hospital with a serious head injury. But you don’t have a sister… do you?
You’ve never doubted your parents. You’ve loved them without question your whole life. But your stepmother is uncharacteristically speechless, and your father isn’t well enough to understand.
So you get in your car.
Turn the key in the ignition.
Knowing everything behind you is a lie.
Not knowing what lies ahead: the truth… or something far darker?
A deliciously dark and twisty tale of deception, secrets and family ties, The Liar’s Daughter is perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, The Woman in the Window and The Family Upstairs.
Readers are loving The Liar’s Daughter:
‘Holy Moly!… I LOVED it!… There are just SO many secrets that made my head spin… I was tricked, kept in the dark and that rug was firmly pulled from my feet… A book that will sink its claws into you. It made me question everything… Enough twists to keep your head spinning as if you have been on the Waltzers!!’ Zooloo’s Book Diary ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Straight out FABULOUS!!… Every..... Single..... Time.... I thought I had it figured out I got a surprising twist. Don't ya just love that?… I literally could not put this book down.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wowzers!!… What a rollercoaster this was, just when you think you had worked it out bang Rona pulls out another twist… Gripping all the way to the end… My book of the year.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Deliciously dark and twisty… Will have you locking all the doors and flipping pages in order to find out what happened… Seriously one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read in a long time!… Your heart will be pounding!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Absolutely love this book, read it so fast… One of the best thrillers of the year. I highly recommend it.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Hands down one of the best thrillers I’ve read so far this year… Will have your heart racing, your palms sweaty, and your breath stuck in your throat. The suspense gets that overwhelming. Wear a neck brace when you read this one!… It’s a twisty roller coaster ride… Just when you think the story is going in one direction, another sudden, unexpected twist jerks it in another… The ending is brilliant!’ Book Rant Reviews&
I have to get my little boy back…
I’ll never forget the feeling of holding him in my arms. The softness of his skin. The sweetness of his smile.
But my husband took our son away. He said it was for the best.
He said he’d keep him safe.
And he was always a good father... even if he failed me when I needed him most.
I know I should trust him to protect our little boy... so why can’t I?
A totally gripping psychological thriller about the power of a mother’s love, and the lengths she will go to to protect her child – perfect for fans of Big Little Lies, The Girl on the Train and C.L. Taylor.
Readers are loving Keep Me Safe:
‘Wow!!! Absolutely fabulous debut book by this author. The story gripped me from the start and didn't let go until the last page… I highly recommend this amazing book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Get your hands on this book and start reading, I promise you’re not going to want to put it down’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘As a mother I can fully relate to the determination Natalie feels as she tries to get her son and her life back together… I was so engrossed I finished it in just two sittings… you can't stop reading until you know the truth!’ Bookish Brunette
‘Loved this book, so well written and kept me gripped… would highly recommend!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Gripping, action packed and intense… breath-taking.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow… I was completely hooked… will keep you on the edge of your seat, glancing over your shoulder… a gripping, captivating, enthralling book that will have you turning the pages late into the night.’ Katie’s Book Cave
‘Heart pounding and exciting. This book will have you feverishly reading as you rush to find out what's going on and when you think that you do have it figured out think again because Rona Halsall has yanked the rug out from under you.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘One of the best books I have ever read! Suspenseful and absolutely thrilling, with a cracking pace. I loved this amazing book!’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars
‘Full of twists and turns, I was holding my breath’ Portable Magic
‘I absolutely loved it!... I was gripped… from the first chapter.’ Little Old Ginger Me, 5 stars
‘A fantastic psychological thriller. This book is well written with a plot that kept me glued to the book. The story has many twists and turns... Fans of psychological thrillers will love this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘This had me on the edge of my seat! I was enraged at the injustice, heartsick at the heroine’s plight and utterly engro
What if the person you trust most in the world has been lying to you for your whole life?
Martha would do anything for her devoted mother, Fran. Now in her mid-twenties, Martha still lives with her in their remote, pretty cottage in the Cornish countryside. Fran paints illustrations, while Martha trains to be an animal nurse.
But then Martha sees a strange message on her mother’s phone – apparently from her estranged father.
He had been there for her first steps. He’d helped with her homework, and taken her for ice cream at weekends. And then, two days before her ninth birthday, he walked out. She never knew what went wrong, and she and Fran never heard from him again.
Desperate for answers, she tracks him down. But when they come face to face, she isn’t ready for the brutal truth.
Closing his eyes he says, ‘She hasn’t told you, has she? I’m not your father.’
Her mother has been telling lies. And not just about who her real father is…
As the lies start to unravel, someone will do whatever it takes to keep Martha from finding the truth.
A page-turning, gripping psychological thriller for fans of The Girl on the Train, Shalini Boland, and C. L. Taylor.
Readers are loving Her Mother’s Lies:
‘This had an amazing storyline!... My top read of the year!! I’m finding it hard to put into words how good it was.’ The Fiction Café Book Club, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Top book of 2019
‘WOW!!! Amazing, phenomenal, unputdownable… It doesn't get any better than this.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow wow wow!!... I was hooked from the first page!... Instantly grips you… So many twists... Kept me guessing right until the very end.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘It's been a long time since I have read a book that has made me feel utterly gobsmacked. If life hadn't been in the way, I could easily have read Her Mother's Lies in one sitting, it was unputdownable.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
What a page turner this is!!!... Lies, deceit it has it all… My jaw dropped on a few occasions and never expected the twists and turns, I love when that happens. Amazingly brilliant book.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I was in shock. This author sure knows how to pack a punch. A jaw dropping, heart stopping page turner of a read. It should come with a warning as I could feel my heart racing... I can still feel the adrenaline.’ By the Letter Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Absolutely stunning… doesn't let you go until that very last page… READ IT and read it as soon as you can! ’