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About Ruth Heald
Ruth Heald is the bestselling author of psychological thrillers THE NANNY, THE NEW GIRL, THE WEDDING, I KNOW YOUR SECRET, THE MOTHER'S MISTAKE and THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS, and the relationship drama 27: SIX FRIENDS, ONE YEAR.
Ruth studied Economics at Oxford University and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting. She worked at the BBC for nine years before leaving to write full time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and finding out what drives people to violence, destruction and revenge. She’s married with two children and her novels explore our greatest fears in otherwise ordinary, domestic lives.
You can connect with Ruth on Twitter @RJ_Heald, or Facebook /RJHealdauthor
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Titles By Ruth Heald
I clutched baby Chloe’s blanket, tears streaming down my face as I remembered the night she disappeared. Looking up at the apartment block I once called home, I knew I’d never be welcome here again. One mistake had ruined everything.
When I accepted a job working as a nanny for David and Julie and their young children, I couldn’t believe my luck. I bonded with baby Chloe instantly and would have done anything for her. She had David's thick, dark hair and smiling eyes. I fell in love with her and was excited about the future.
But when a terrible mistake led to Chloe disappearing, I was instantly blamed. With no evidence, I was let go and I returned home to try and rebuild my life.
Twenty years later and I am still haunted by what happened. I have a family of my own now and I’ve worked hard to be the best wife and mother I can be, but I’ve never forgotten the child who stole my heart.
Then a young woman arrives on my doorstep and the past secret that I have kept from my family comes hurtling into my present.
I try to tell myself that I am overreacting. But the woman in front of me looks so much like David. Who is she and why is she here? And if I welcome her in, will she want to be a part of my life, or destroy it?
A totally addictive psychological thriller that will have you reading late into the night. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, T.M. Logan and Shalini Boland.
What readers are saying about The Nanny:
‘WHOAAA, did NOT see that coming at ALL!!!!… LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this. Fantastic!!!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Amazing!!!… I read the first 20% of it Monday night and finished the rest of it at 2am. I was completely sucked into this book. So many twists… I couldn't put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow… I literally couldn't put this book down… The fact that it is 9 am and I have just finished the story should show just how good it is.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Kept me on the edge of my seat. Had it not been a work night, I would have stayed up until the wee hours of the night to finish. It really was that good!!’ The Running Bibliophile, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Fabulous. LOVED it… so many twists and turns that you won't be able to put it down… Everyone should read it.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A real heart pounder! I loved this book! Lots of twists and turns!! Definitely some jaw dropping moments! It’s well worth the thrill!’ NetGalley reviewer
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I thought I could escape my past. I was wrong…
When I moved to a city where no one knew me, clutching only a small bag of possessions, I really believed that I had left my old life—and my darkest secret— behind.
Within weeks, I landed my dream job, a gorgeous flat and the perfect boyfriend in James. For the first time in years, with him, I started to feel I could finally trust people again. I began to feel safe.
But now strange things have started to happen. Odd noises in the night, the constant feeling that someone is lingering at my door. James convinces me that I’m imagining things. But when I find a beautiful dress hidden behind the wardrobe and wear it to work, the atmosphere chills instantly. I can’t help but wonder, is there something, or someone they’re hiding from me?
Then she appears at my door. The girl before me. She tells me that I need to leave; that the new life I thought I’d built for myself is all a twisted trap…
And my whole world tilts… because if what she says is true, what’s going to happen to me?
A totally gripping, unputdownable and twisty psychological thriller perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and You.
Readers are hooked on The New Girl:
‘Wow!!! Wow!!!! Wow!!! This book is a total page turner and will keep you guessing with every page. Halfway through I thought I had it figured out and then BAM! The ending floored me... I just loved this book.’ Netgalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Another brilliant book from Ruth Heald. The plot was thrilling, tense and gripping and I couldn't stop reading until I reached the shocking ending. The twists and turns were fantastic.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I think this is the quickest I've read a book in a long while. I loved this! I was hooked from the start and couldn't stop reading.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A gripping thriller in which you can trust no one… suspenseful, gripping, and twisty, and I read it in one sitting. Also, I did NOT see that ending coming… you do not want to miss.’ thrillers_and_unicorns
‘I loved it. A great read that I just couldn't put down… A truly gripping read that I thoroughly enjoyed.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘The first word that comes to mind is, wow!… Fantastic, addictive, with a sense of danger at every turn!’ Carla Kovach
‘Edge of your seat, nail biting good read… Do not miss this book.
I’ve been dreaming about this day – marrying Adam, my childhood sweetheart, who I’ve loved for eighteen years.
I didn’t realise the perfect day would turn into the perfect nightmare.
I was so excited to send out the wedding invitations, carefully writing everyone’s names on thick cream paper in beautiful cursive script.
I had no idea I was inviting someone to destroy our marriage.
I couldn’t wait to say ‘I do’ surrounded by loved ones clinking champagne glasses.
I couldn’t imagine that one of them would try to hurt me.
It was meant to be the first day of the rest of our lives.
I never thought it would be the end of my life as I knew it.
We were meant to share our vows, to toast our future. But when the truth comes out, shocking the onlooking guests and ripping my heart out, is a happy ever after possible?
A completely gripping and totally addictive read that will get your blood pressure rising and send shivers down your spine. Fans of Date Night, The Sister-in-Law and The Girl on the Train will devour this twisty, dark and gasp-worthy page-turner in one swift gulp!
What readers are saying about The Wedding:
‘Wow – I was left speechless after reading this… Had my emotions all over the place… I was crying happy tears at a seemingly beautiful family reunion only to be screaming at the book pages later… Honestly one of the best thrillers I've ever read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Oh my goodness, what a brilliant read from beginning to the end, it just had me on the edge of my seat all the way and couldn’t stop reading… Brilliantly addictive, I can't stop thinking about it.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Ahhh isn’t it just amazing when a book does exactly everything right!!! I absolutely loved this from start to finish… This book was really one of those please-just-one-more-chapter books!’ @the_book_girls_1, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘WOW! This book takes you on a wild ride and has everything you want in a psychological thriller… Do yourself a favour and read this the moment it’s released.’ @steffanyzimm, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I loved every second of it!!! This book was that amazing… I devoured this story in a single sitting – it was that unputdownable.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow!! I absolutely loved this book and read it in under 24 hours!… Kept me hooked until the end!’ Reed Reads
‘TWIST AFTER TWIST AFTER TWIST AFTER TWIST!’ The B
You’d be lost without her…
She’s the shoulder you cry on when the father of your children disappears.
She’s the person you turn to when he comes back, begging for forgiveness.
She’s by your side when you discover his guilty secrets.
She helps rock your babies to sleep when they cry.
She’s your friend when you have no one else.
She’s the woman upstairs, whose feet you hear treading above as you drift off at night, thankful you aren’t alone.
But what if you’re about to lose everything because of her?
One of the most twisted, shocking, heart-stopping psychological thrillers you’ll ever read! Fans of K.L. Slater, The Wife Between Us and The Girl on the Train, prepare to be kept up way past your bedtime as you race through this addictive page-turner.
Readers absolutely love The Woman Upstairs:
‘I absolutely loved it!... I was like superglue stuck to the pages racing through it as I could not get enough… A twist to end all twists that took my breath away... The tension built throughout, gave me many heart-pounding moments and I was on the edge of my seat.’ Once Upon A Time Book, 5 stars
‘Oh… my… goodness. What a rollercoaster of a read, just brilliant, full of twists and turns and I was gripped from the first page… Brilliant, addictive... A nail-biting and edge-of-your-seat ending.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘WOW!... This book has more twists than a corkscrew. You no sooner get through with one twist and BAM the next one comes.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘WOW! Still reeling from the moment I read the final chapter… A book I devoured easily in just over 24 hours.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow and wow again! A stonkingly good read… I raced through this, it’s that good!!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow!... This one was perfect! So twisty and gripping!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I could not put this book down! I wanted to keep reading it!... I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have been telling people they MUST read it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘WOW!!... Fabulous.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Sooooo good! I couldn’t put this book down and flipped pages late into the night until I finished... Must read!’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Brilliant… Another thoroughly engrossing read from an author who is quickly becoming one of my favourites. I cannot think of a single thing that I did not love about this book… This is a compulsive and addictive read from the word go, and I simply devoured it.
Everyone makes mistakes. But does everyone deserve to be forgiven?
She runs past the tinkling of children’s laughter that fills the park. Heart hammering, feet stinging, she reaches the riverbank, her breath catching in her throat. And then she sees…
Three years later.
Claire has everything she’s always wanted. A new-born baby. A doting husband by her side. A picturesque home in the countryside.
But behind closed doors, Claire’s life is falling apart. Her husband is barely ever home, she’s struggling to bond with her baby girl, and she swears that she is being watched in the remote, lonely cottage.
And when a threatening note is posted through her letterbox, saying she doesn’t deserve her daughter, it’s clear that someone knows about the terrible mistake that Claire made – someone won’t let her forget it. Three years ago, she would have known who to turn to. But now she no longer recognises those closest to her, or the person she’s become. Who can she trust?
An atmospheric, chilling and absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller about a mother’s worst nightmare. Fans of K.L. Slater, Shalini Boland and The Girl on the Train will love the twists, turns and gasp-worthy shocks of this stunning debut from Ruth Heald.
Readers absolutely love The Mother’s Mistake:
OMG... LITERALLY BLEW MY MIND AWAY!!... Ruth's writing had me enslaved to my Kindle, tapping away at the pages.' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow, what a story… Utterly hooked from page one, so glad it was a weekend and I could binge read!... An absolute must-read!! 5 huge stars from me.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
'I honestly don't know where to begin with this review, the book blew me away that much. In a word – WOW!... Not many books leave me with such an impression... In such a way that I pity the next one I open for fear it will simply fall into the shadow of this one. Not many books leave me feeling the next one could never compare. But this one did... Brilliant!' Confessions of a Bookaholic, 5 stars
‘Wow… I absolutely loved it… Kept me guessing until the end… The best book I have read in ages.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow! What an amazing read! Tons of twists and turns and full of suspense… Can't wait for more from this amazing author!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘WOW. I absolutely loved this story… I had knots in my stomach throughout wondering what was going to happen next. Brilliant… One of my top reads this year.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘5 big shiny fat stars… This blew me out of the water.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Absolutely incredible… I was hooked, I just really couldn’t put it down.
‘Gripped me so hard I ruined my plans with the husband.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Amazing!! I loved it!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'OH MY GOSH!… Simply incredible.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I literally loved everything about it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
You’re not who you say you are. Neither is she.
She thinks she knows me.
She believes my marriage is falling apart at the seams, that my husband can barely look me in the eyes. She thinks I’m desperate for a baby, that my longing for a family keeps me up at night. As much as I hate to admit it, all of this is true.
She thinks I listen to her advice, that I care about her opinion. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Because she has no idea who I am. She has no clue that I know everything.
I know her secret. I know that she did the unforgivable. I know how many lives she ruined.
I know exactly what she did. And I’m here for her.
An utterly gripping, addictive and shocking read about the dark secrets we’re ashamed to admit, and the lengths people go to for revenge. Fans of K.L. Slater, My Lovely Wife and The Wife Between Us will be racing through the pages, gasping at the twists, and reeling from the explosive ending of this unmissable page-turner.
Readers absolutely love I Know Your Secret:
'AWESOME!!!!! WOW, WOW, WOW. Why did this book have to end? From beginning to the end so many twists and turns, such a great read. I couldn’t get enough of it!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘WOW!... AMAZING!... There were so many twists and turns. You may think you have it all figured out, but guess again! I normally jump right into a new book, but I had to sit on this one and let it all soak in.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow oh wow! I knew this was going to be a good book, but I wasn't prepared for how good… This definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, it has been completely unpredictable and a fantastic read from start to finish. I haven't been able to put this one down… I devoured this book in just one sitting, I was completely sucked in… This is definitely a five-star book, although in my personal opinion it should have more than five stars!’ LittleMissBookLover87, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘WOW. Finished in less than a day, I couldn't put it down. Gripping and twisty. I love the twists that make you say “ooooh” out loud! So, so good!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I loved it!!!…I could or would not put it down. The twists were amazing!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow! What a great read! It was one of those books I call “just one more