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About Samantha Hayes
Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.
Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. After writing several books under another name, her eighteenth crime novel THE TRAPPED WIFE is out now, with her next due for release in summer 2022. Her books are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on 'real life fiction'. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, 'What if this happened to me or my family?' And you'll always find a BIG twist at the end!
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Titles By Samantha Hayes
I haven’t lived here long. The house is small and a little rundown, but each piece of faded floral wallpaper I peel away feels like unwrapping the second chance I never thought I’d get. I’m finally free to wear what I want, and I don’t flinch when I accidently burn dinner. My new home is warm, and the kids are safe inside. Anywhere would feel idyllic after the nightmare marriage I’ve just escaped.
But then I see my ex-husband Craig stroll past my window and let himself into the house next door. Fear chokes me. How did he find me? Does he want me back, or to destroy me for good?
As the removals van pulls away, Craig tells me it’s just a coincidence, that we can all get along and be good neighbours. But at night I lie awake listening to the sound of laughter and lovemaking through the thin wall that separates us, wondering if his new girlfriend is safe. And in the morning, I rifle through his trash, trying to guess his next move. I know how crazy I look, but I’d do anything to protect my children.
Weeks later, when the night air fills with smoke, and this quiet street dances with blue and red flashing police lights, all the secrets behind our two closed doors will be revealed. But after everything that’s happened, will anyone believe I’m innocent?
An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller from an Amazon No1. bestseller that will keep you turning pages long into the night. Fans of The Wife Between Us, The Family Upstairs and The Girl on the Train will be totally hooked!
Readers love The Ex-Husband:
‘Holy moly… twist after twist after twist. Wooooooow sooooooo good!!!… I can't even describe it until I pick my mouth up off the floor. If this isn't on you reading list I ask you why not?!!!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow, just wow!!!!! I’m speechless!!!!!… I absolutely loved this dark and twisted book. I kept thinking what would I do if I was in this woman’s shoes… had me guessing the whole way though. I had no idea what was going to happen from one minute to the next… so many twists and turns’ Blue Moon Blogger, 5 stars
‘Unputdownable! Clever, twisty, and altogether spine-chilling!’ NetGalley reviewer
‘I read this book in literally two hours. The twist and turns were enough to make me gasp for breath. You are absolutely going to love this book, but you may need to read it with a defibrillator!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘I really, really enjoyed this book! It was captivating and it hooked me from the very first chapter! I was glued to my seat!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Hooked until the end. I couldn’t put it down. I was reading it on my phone during silly hours of the morning… had me going “noooooo” out loud!… Just what I love in a psychological thriller… It had me on the edge of my seat. And the plot twists were brilliant.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Intoxicating, intriguing, and simply an unputdownable story.
They were all there the day your sister went missing.
Who is lying? Who is next?
THEN – In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom.
Eleanor never came back.
NOW – The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organising a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing.
When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all…
If you loved Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this gripping psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns will be impossible to put down.
What readers are saying about The Reunion:
‘Whoa! Never saw THAT coming!! I could not put this book down - stunning!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Oh wow, it was absolutely brilliant. An absolutely gripping psychological thriller that will have you tearing through the pages.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Keeps you guessing all the way…I never saw THAT ending…Brilliant read 5 stars.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘This story kept me turning the pages late into the night and early in the morning. It's been a long time since a book has had me feeling so much suspense.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm, 5 stars
‘If you only read one psychological thriller in 2018 then make sure it’s this one.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘A definite must read!... I flew through this book and will be recommending it to anyone who will listen!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘A really gripping story, lots of twists and turns and a corker of an ending… An absolutely brilliant book and one I highly recommend.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘A top notch psychological thriller - intriguing, compelling and at times heart-breaking… An excellent read which I couldn’t wait to get back to every time I put it down.’ A Ticket to Everywhere, 5 stars
‘Wow does this story fling you all over the place. Lots of wonderful twists and turns, red herrings and a never saw that coming ending.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘A brilliant book from Samantha Hayes with an ending that you won’t forget easily!!! 10/10, 5 stars and highly recommended.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I read it in two sittings, The ending left me gobsmacked coming as a complete shock, it was hard to put down and highly recommended.' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow, wow, wow!...
Days later, when I’m arrested for Sasha’s murder and torn away from my perfect little family, I’ll wish I had told someone about the threatening note I received that morning.
I’ll hate myself for not finding out who the gift hidden inside my husband’s wardrobe was for.
I’ll scream from the rooftops that I’m innocent – but no one will listen.
I will realise I was completely wrong about everything that happened that night…
But will you believe me?
Twisted and absolutely unputdownable, Date Night exposes what goes on behind the closed doors of a happy home and the dangerous truths we ignore to protect the ones we love. Perfect reading for anyone totally gripped by The Wife Between Us, Friend Request or Gone Girl.
Readers adore Date Night!
‘Wow!… I stayed up all night to finish this book. I’m all sorts of wound up… phenomenal!… easily one of my favourite books of the year. My jaw is hanging on the floor... I could not put down this book… I’m blown away… I’m going to need a couple days to fully process it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow, wow, wow! An ending I did NOT see coming... PHENOMENAL… a fast moving read with an unforgettable ending. FANTASTIC!!’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow, this book immediately drew me in and kept me concocting reasons to ignore chores so that I could race back to it… it had me glued to it. I’d even find myself waking up and reading a chapter in the night... Absolutely a winner for me!’ Pick a Good Book, 5 stars
‘Wow, what a jaw-dropping, can’t-put-down, wonderful book this was… such an amazing book with a shocking ending… a rollercoaster of emotions. I just couldn’t put down this book… I wanted more and more. I just devoured this… I absolutely loved this book.’ Blue Moon Blogger, 5 stars
‘This addictive mystery kept me guessing from the first page until the last… a fantastic, tense thriller full of twists and turns, with a jaw-dropping finale that left me reeling.’ Emma’s Bibliotreasures, 5 stars
‘Omg, I honestly didn't see that ending coming, that was one hell of a totally unexpected, jaw-dropping twist.
This is not the happy family you think.
The fire crackles, my son smiles, the man jokes whilst I pour drinks.
But my husband has disappeared. The man is a stranger. My skin crawls every time he brushes my hand.
He says if I don’t play along, he has photos that will destroy my family.
What happened the night before my husband disappeared – the night I don’t remember?
There’s nothing I can do to save my family… is there?
An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with an ending you will NEVER see coming! Strap in for a twisty rollercoaster ride that will keep you turning pages all night long. Perfect for anyone who adored The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us or The Woman in the Window.
Readers love The Trapped Wife:
‘LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!!!! YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THE TWISTS AND YOU WILL NOT GUESS THE ENDING! THIS BOOK MUST BE READ BY EVERYONE.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow! This book was SO. DAMN. FABULOUS!… had me gasping in shock many times! The twists were insane right up to last page!… OMG! I NEVER saw it coming! I can’t give this twisted book enough spine-tingling stars!… A MUST READ!’ Two Girls and a Book Obsession, 5 stars
‘Could not put it down. Housework was not done, kids were not fed (maybe a little)… Fantastic writing, kept me gripped all the way through.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Awesome… What are you waiting for?! Snap this one up ASAP! It had me hooked from the start and kept me guessing, double-guessing and doubting myself several times… Amazing read!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant…so many nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat moments, and twists you don't see coming… leaves you gasping for breath.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars.
‘Wow. Just wow. This book is absolutely mind blowing. I really thought I had it figured out and BAM I was wrong. This book was unputdownable. Ill be thinking about this story for quite a while.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow. Just WOW!! Absolutely unputdownable… completely gripping… made the back of my neck prickle.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘BRILLIANT! It's a definite 5 star read for me.
Did he leave me? Or did something terrible happen? I’m scared someone finally found out about what happened on the drive home that night…
I lie awake at night trawling the internet for rental properties, desperate for an escape. Until I see my husband’s gorgeous face smiling back at me from a photograph on the fireplace in someone else’s home, and something inside of me snaps.
At the house, I find no trace of him and the woman who lives there has no idea who I am. But I’m certain she’s hiding something behind the locked door upstairs. I know that if I want answers, I have to stay.
You might think that what’s inside that room is the answer to all my questions and the end of all my pain. But it’s only the beginning…
Nail-biting and completely gripping, The Happy Couple will make you question how well you really know the ones you love. Perfect reading for anyone who adored by The Wife Between Us, The Girl on The Train or Gone Girl.
Readers are loving The Happy Couple:
‘I DEVOURED this book. I finished with my mouth hanging wide open. What did I just read? There were so many twists that you just couldn't even keep up at times. It was a thrilling rollercoaster ride… read it entirely in one sitting.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘OH MY LIFE! This book had me captivated from the very first page!... I LOVED THIS BOOK! There are some huge shocks and twists which will have you gasping!... Clever, captivating, devious, exciting and non-stop. I highly recommend this book!’ The Book Reviewing Mum Blog, 5 stars
‘I was hanging by the edge of my seat then BAM. Surprise! OMG what an ending!!! I loved, loved, loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘OMG!... Hits you between the eyes with the most perfectly placed plot twist that had never even crossed your mind! You certainly won’t see where this one is going so just buckle up and enjoy the ride… A BRILLIANT page-turner! It has an incredibly satisfying ending that sent shivers down my spine AND an exquisite twist that made my heart sing! Loved, loved, LOVED it!’ My Chestnut Reading Tree, 5 stars
When Lorna gets a chilling text from ex-lover Andrew, she feels her perfect life start to unravel around her.
Everything in Lorna’s life runs like clockwork, from her 6 a.m. morning run to the strict 60-minute counselling sessions she gives. It’s the only way she can deal with the terrible secret she carries.
The secret she thought she was finally free from. Because the only other person who knew it was Andrew.
And Andrew died the day before the message was sent...
If you love twisty psychological thrillers that get under your skin, like The Girl on the Train, I Let You Go or anything by Louise Jensen, you’ll be utterly blown away by the jaw-dropping lies in Tell Me A Secret.
What readers are saying about Tell Me A Secret:
‘I am actually blown away… I have whiplash from all the twists and turns… this one stumped me big time. I love it when I book takes my hunches and flips them around on me and is like HA! You are so wrong!’ The Book Collective
‘Gosh!!!… I can honestly say that was the best psychological thriller I have read this year. I am lost for words… will leave you saying OMG… brilliant’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Immediately grabbed me and kept me with it all day, I seriously am 100% truthful when I say ‘I couldn’t put it down’... I defy you not to GASP… will leave you shocked and then shocked!!!!… brilliant and exciting’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Pick this book up NOW! I mean it – immediately. You won’t sleep until you’ve finished it, but trust me, it’s well worth the sacrifice… the twists were wonderfully unpredictable… I was absolutely shocked’ A Numinous Girl, 5 stars
‘AMAZING twists. The whole book is a twist! I loved it!... ALL OF THE STARS! I LOVED this book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Mesmerizing… more twists and turns than a rollercoaster… had me hooked in from the first page right through to the shocking final chapter… There was one jaw-dropping, mind-blowing twist that almost caused me to drop my kindle in shock, I most definitely didn't see that twist coming!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Holy wow!… You will not be able to put it down! The faster your heart beats, the faster you want to read and the more you will want know what happens next… keeps you guessing until the very last page. When you think you have it all figured out you are hit with a twist that will leave you reeling!’ A Book With Review
But Ella has never been married…
Absolutely love twisty and unputdownable psychological thrillers like Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and Gone Girl? Then you will be totally hooked by this jaw-dropping novel about the dangerous secrets behind a perfect marriage.
What readers are saying about The Liar’s Wife:
‘Oh my freaking god! What a fabulous and intriguing read… this is definitely the best book I’ve read by her YET!... I absolutely loved this shocker of a book… left me stunned, as to the why, well you are just going to have to read the book and see… One of the most exciting psychological thrillers I’ve read all year… just buy it you won’t disappointed I promise.’ The Book Review Café, 5 stars
‘This book was INSANE… The plot twist at the end slapped me in the face and I am still in shock about it!! I COMPLETELY recommend this if you’re a fan of books like “The Girl on the Train”, “The Woman in the Window”, and “Gone Girl”.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘A brilliant and gripping thriller! It’s very fast-paced (I was racing through to find out what happened)!’ Cloud of Thoughts, 5 stars
‘Pushes all the right buttons from the off and continues to push them right up until the last page. The story is mesmerising as it draws you in and won’t let go (well didn’t me) and at times I had to reign myself back from wanting to find out the outcome, NOW!!... The ending will shock you and left me reeling a bit if I’m honest. In my top 3 reads of this year… Awesome… wonderful… 10/10, 5 stars.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow!... grabs your full attention and keeps it until the very end… This read kept me wondering where it was all going and I could not wait until the end to find out… You will not regret picking this one up!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Writing that gets the hairs standing up on the back of my neck,… A fast-paced psychological thriller of the finest order… chillingly good.’ nigeladamsbookworm, 5 stars
‘Holy cow, all I can say is this is one of those books that will have you craving more… be ready for the shock that might just blow your mind… Riveting, chilling, thrilling, and absolutely shocking'!!! A must read for any thriller lover!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Just couldn't tear myself away
I will do anything to protect my daughter. She’s all I’ve ever wanted and all I really have, but the moment I opened that letter and accepted the gift inside, I walked us right into a dangerous trap.
I know I should have got her to tell me who she’s been talking to on the phone late at night, and where she was the day I went to pick her up from school and couldn’t find her, but she’s not spoken a word since she discovered a secret hidden in our new home.
And now she’s missing…
A jaw-dropping, addictive and totally twisty psychological thriller that will have you sleeping with the light on! Perfect for anyone who loved The Girl on the Train, Friend Request or The Wife Between Us.
Readers love Single Mother:
‘Omg!! I read this book in one day!! Could not put it down. It been a while since I’ve had a book that has gripped me like that.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Mind-blowing. I loved this book. It was epic. Oh my God… The ending was so unexpected. It was absolutely brilliant. I still can't wrap my head around it… I'm still reeling. Grab your copy ASAP.’ Inscribed Inklings, 5 stars
‘Addictive… not to be missed… will have you hooked from the very beginning and will not let go… a twisty thriller that will keep you guessing, and I couldn't put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘I wanted to jump into the pages… a really gripping and exciting book that I devoured way too quickly’ Pink and Dizzy, 5 stars
‘I loved this book… filled with loads of twists… I was taken by surprise and I love that… addictive as hell and I read it in just over a day… I have to say I couldn’t put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Absolutely loved… That twist at the end...Wow!!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Forced me to finish in one sitting as I couldn’t wait to find out… hooked from the first page… twist after twist, and when I thought it all wrapped up nicely, she expertly throws in another one… a chilling, utterly engrossing, and refreshing read full of suspense.’ Blue Pink Books, 5 stars
‘Tremendous!… knocks it out of the park… lots of red-herrings thrown in to keep you guessing… buy this book as soon as you are able, you won’t be disappointed. Loved it.
Two years after a terrifying spate of teenage suicides, the remote village of Radcote has just begun to heal. Then a young man is killed in a freak motorcycle accident and a suicide note is found among his belongings. When a second boy is found dead shortly thereafter, the nightmare of repeat suicides once again threatens the community.
Desperate for a vacation, Detective Inspector Lorraine Fisher has just come to Radcote for a stay with her sister, Jo, but the atmosphere of the country house is unusually tense. Freddie, Jo's son, seems troubled and uncommunicative, and Jo is struggling to reach out to him. Meanwhile, Lorraine becomes determined to discover the truth behind these deaths. Are they suicides, or is there something more sinister at work? Finding answers might help Freddie, but they'll also lead to a shocking truth: whatever it is--or whoever it is--that's killing these young people is far more disturbing than she ever could have imagined, and unraveling the secret is just as dangerous as the secret itself.
Wicked, intense, and utterly compulsive, What You Left Behind confirms Samantha Hayes as a top thriller writer.
You're alone. You're vulnerable. And you have something that someone else wants. At any cost.
Claudia Morgan-Brown finally has it all. Pregnant with a much-wanted first baby of her own, she has a happily established family of two small step-sons and a loving husband with a great career. But she is also committed to her full-time job as a social worker, and her husband travels often. So when Claudia hires Zoe to help her around the house in anticipation of the baby’s arrival, it seems like the answer to her prayers. But despite Zoe's glowing recommendations and instant rapport with the children, there's something about her that Claudia cannot trust.
Moreover, there has been a series of violent attacks on pregnant women in the area, and Claudia becomes acutely aware of her vulnerability. With her husband out of town for work and her family far away, who will be there to protect her? And why does she feel unsettled about Zoe? Realizing appearances can be deceiving even in her seemingly perfect world, Claudia digs deeper into Zoe’s blurry past and begins to wonder – how far would someone go to have a child of her own?
Riveting from its very first pages, Until You’re Mine is a multilayered masterwork of twisted, psychological suspense. Readers of Before I Go to Sleep and Turn of Mind will be enthralled by this multilayered novel, featuring a twisted plot that ends in a breathtaking and shocking finale.