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Dorothy Koomson is the author of twelve novels including That Girl From Nowhere, The Chocolate Run, The Woman He Loved Before, The Ice Cream Girls and My Best Friend’s Girl. While writing The Friend she took up, in the name of research, knitting and cocktail mixing – two things that are oddly compatible. Give it a try!
Stop here to discover a terrific new voice in mystery and suspense, a voice owned by an established and truly eloquent author. Within a period of three weeks in 1993 the body of a young woman is discovered on the beach by teenagers Nell and Jude, then Jude disappears, twenty-five agonising years later Nell begins to uncover the truth. If you already love Dorothy Koomson, then you’re in for a real treat as she has combined her wonderful ability to observe human relationships with mystery and shivery suspense. The change in direction is beautifully subtle as her previous books have been moving this way and existing fans can still feel her unmistakable touch, yet she has opened the door to a whole new audience. Each short chapter remains very much in its moment as the story swings between the past and present. As I read and peeled each layer by exquisite layer I found surprises waiting to snare me, to make me exclaim and sit up. The characters are individual, fascinating (even when displaying hideous character traits), and Nell is an absolute delight to get to know. The Brighton Mermaid is a compelling, fabulously readable story full of energy and tenacity - highly recommended.
Oh what a thrilling and gloriously dramatic tale this is! A violent attack on a parent takes place within the grounds of a private school in Brighton, just days later, Cece moves into the area, her two youngest start at the school, and she becomes friends with the very women the police suspect of the crime. Each chapter is headed by one of the women, each story told in the first person, ebbing and flowing between time periods. Within a short time I didn't have to look to see who was heading each chapter, each voice is absolutely individual and distinctive. I became so caught up in the story, I didn't want to miss a single sentence or word, this really is very clever, compelling writing indeed. I truly love reading Dorothy Koomson’s novels, I think it’s her ability to look beyond the obvious, to seek out hidden feelings, to look underneath our uppermost thoughts, to what really lies within our hearts and minds. As it explores relationships and exposes lies and secrets, ‘The Friend’ reveals itself to be a striking and deliciously entertaining read.
April 2017 Book of the Month. An absolute page-turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling. Roni and Nika meet when they are 8 years old, as the years pass their relationship changes, yet in their thoughts they remain as entwined as ever and a particular torment lives on. Dorothy Koomson sends us backwards and forwards in time, this isn't an easy ride, and it isn't meant to be. The jagged, almost serrated feel to the change in time lines meant I was alert and at times apprehensive as I watched events unfold. The story is so commanding it keeps you firmly in the moment, so aware of the pain and fear, waiting with bated breath yet still shocked as more revelations occur. Resolute, heart-rending, thought-provoking, and so beautifully compassionate, ‘When I Was Invisible’ left me with a tear in my eye and touched my heart. One of our Books of the Year 2016. Head to our 'Black Lit Matters' list to find more must-read novels by black writers.
One of our Books of the Year 2016. May 2016 MEGA Book of the Month. An absolute page-turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling. Roni and Nika meet when they are 8 years old, as the years pass their relationship changes, yet in their thoughts they remain as entwined as ever and a particular torment lives on. Dorothy Koomson sends us backwards and forwards in time, this isn't an easy ride, and it isn't meant to be. The jagged, almost serrated feel to the change in time lines meant I was alert and at times apprehensive as I watched events unfold. The story is so commanding it keeps you firmly in the moment, so aware of the pain and fear, waiting with bated breath yet still shocked as more revelations occur. Resolute, heart-rending, thought-provoking, and so beautifully compassionate, ‘When I Was Invisible’ left me with a tear in my eye and touched my heart.
April 2016 Book of the Month. What a terrific and powerful book, I reckon it is her best yet. It covers race, adoption, rejection and even murder (or does it?). Our hero, Smitty, a black girl, white adopted parents, white long-term boyfriend, discovers her biological family in Brighton. Naturally there are secrets in the cupboard but you certainly don’t see the details coming. With a jealous and bitchy cousin and a demanding, and frankly most unpleasant ‘birth’ grandmother both making unreasonable requests, this is, as I’ve said, terrific, especially when the final twist hits you in the stomach. Click here to view Dorothy Koomson's new novel, When I Was Invisible, due out on 5th May 2016.
One of our Books of the Year 2015. April 2015 MEGA Book of the Month. What a terrific and powerful book, I reckon it is her best yet. It covers race, adoption, rejection and even murder (or does it?). Our hero, Smithy, a black girl, white adopted parents, white long-term boyfriend, discovers her biological family in Brighton. Naturally there are secrets in the cupboard but you certainly don’t see the details coming. With a jealous and bitchy cousin and a demanding, and frankly most unpleasant ‘birth’ grandmother both making unreasonable requests, this is, as I’ve said, terrific, especially when the final twist hits you in the stomach.
'I'm looking for that perfect blend of flavours; the taste that used to be you.' It's been 18 months since my husband was murdered and I've decided to finish writing The Flavours of Love, the cookbook he started before he died. Everyone thinks I'm coping so well without him - they have no idea what I've been hiding or what I did back then to protect my family. But now that my 14-year-old daughter has confessed a devastating secret, and my husband's killer, who was never caught, has started to write to me, I know it's only a matter of time before the truth about me and what I've done will be revealed. My name is Saffron Mackleroy and this is my story.
Every love story has a dangerous twist. Tamia Challey is horrified when her husband, Scott, is accused of something terrible - but when she discovers who his accuser is, everything goes into freefall. Backed into a corner and unsure what to think, Tamia is forced to choose who she instinctively believes. But this choice has dire consequences for all concerned, especially when matters take a tragic turn. Then a stranger arrives in town to sprinkle rose petals in the sea in memory of her lost loved one. This stranger carries with her shocking truths that will change the lives of everyone she meets, and will once again force Tamia to make some devastating choices...
August 2011 Book of the Month. The old proverb 'marry in haste, and repent at leisure' is given a darker mysterious and obsessive twist in Dorothy Koomson’s latest page turner. Worried her widowed husband never really loved her Libby uses his, now dead, wife’s diary to discover more… perhaps too much more….
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2010. The Ice Cream Girls is an utterly gripping, thought-provoking and heart-warming slice of life that will make you wonder if you can ever truly know the people you love particularly when secrets from a tragic event in the past are unburied and revealed to those who knew those secrets and to others who didn’t. A living hell for those involved.
My Best Friend’s Girl was a Richard and Judy Book Club title, this is in similar vein, a challenging subject about surrogacy, love and true friendship, beautifully handled, moving and powerful. Comparison: Jane Fallon, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Elizabeth Berg.
Reviewed on Richard & Judy on 26th July 2006.A real tear jerker but with a good helping of feel good moments too. It's great, read it.
'This is devastatingly good' Heat From the bestselling author of The Ice Cream Girls comes a gripping emotional thriller of love and obsession and the nature of coercive control. 'The author plays a blinder' says the Sun. Verity is telling lies... And that's why she's about to be arrested for attempted murder. Serena has been lying for years. . . And that may have driven her daughter, Verity, to do something unthinkable... Poppy's lies have come back to haunt her . . . So will her quest for the truth hurt everyone she loves? Everyone lies. But whose lies are going to end in tragedy? Praise for Dorothy Koomson: 'If you only do one thing this weekend, read this book. . . utterly brilliant' Sun 'Immediately gripping and relentlessly intense' Heat 'An instantly involving pschological thriller' Telegraph 'Koomson just gets better and better' Woman & Home
The gripping new emotional thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Ice Cream Girls, My Best Friend's Girl and The Brighton Mermaid. Pieta has a secret Ten years ago, Pieta survived a weekend with a sadistic serial killer. She never told anyone what happened and instead moved on with her life. But now, the man who kidnapped her is hunting down his past victims meaning she may have to tell her deepest secret to stay alive . . . Jody has a secret Fifteen years ago, policewoman Jody made a terrible mistake that resulted in a serial killer escaping justice. When she discovers journalist Pieta is one of his living victims, Jody realises she has a way to catch him - even if it means endangering Pieta's life. . . Will telling their secrets save or sacrifice each other? 'Gripping ... full of heart and truth' Caroline Smailes 'I raced through this compelling thriller' Catherine Isaac 'Stunningly tense' Miranda Dickinson 'Honest and raw' Black Girls Book Club
A powerful, thought-provoking emotional thriller from Sunday Times bestseller Dorothy Koomson. Previously published as THE FLAVOURS OF LOVE. Would you protect your husband's killer? It's been 18 months since that day when Saffron's husband, Joel, was murdered. Everyone in her life believes she is coping well. And no one suspects the mother-of-two knows who killed Joel. But now her daughter has confessed a life-altering secret, and Joel's killer seems to be stalking Saffron's every move. Saffron is faced with a stark choice - risk her family's safety by going to the police or keep quiet and protect her husband's murderer? Readers love Dorothy Koomson: 'A powerful read that will have you hooked unitl the end' Bella 'A darkly invetive and thought-provoking thriller. Switch of your mobile phone (yes, really) and get immersed in the mystery' Heat 'A pschological thirller where the suspense and fear comes from the protagonist rather than events that surround her, and the action takes her on a jouney to redemption' The Lady
The gripping new emotional thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE ICE CREAM GIRL, MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL and THE BRIGHTON MERMAID. Dorothy Koomson, 'Queen of the big reveal' (Sun), is back with a page-turner full of twists and turns that asks the question: what would you sacrifice in order to survive? Pieta has a secret Ten years ago, Pieta was kidnapped from outside a London nightclub by a man who said he wouldn't kill her if she kept her eyes closed for 48 hours. Pieta survived the weekend but was left emotionally and physically scarred by the experience. Now living in Brighton, she is a mother and journalist with a good life - until she is tasked with interviewing Callie, a woman who has the same story and scars as she does. Pieta has never told anyone what she did to escape with her life but now she may have to... Jody has a secret Fifteen years ago, policewoman Jody made a terrible mistake that resulted in a prolific serial killer known as The Blindfolder escaping justice. Only his newest victim, Callie, is willing to talk publicly about her ordeal. When Jody finds out journalist Pieta was also once kidnapped by him, she realises how she can catch him. But that would mean endangering at least two innocent people... Callie has a secret As the newest victim of the man known as the Blindfolder, Callie knows all eyes are on her to tell her story and give the police the information they need to catch this man. But does Callie know more than she is willing to tell? They kept quiet to protect themselves. Will they tell all to save or sacrifice each other?
The new emotional thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Ice Cream Girls, My Best Friend's Girl and The Brighton Mermaid. Dorothy Koomson, 'Queen of the big reveal', is back with a gripping page-turner full of twists and turns. Pieta has a secret. Ten years ago, Pieta was kidnapped by a man calling himself The Blindfolder who said he wouldn't kill her if she kept her eyes closed for 48 hours. She never told anyone what happened to her, vowing to move on with her life. But when The Blindfolder starts hunting down his past victims, Pieta realises she may finally be forced to tell her deepest secret to stay alive . . . Jody has a secret. Fifteen years ago, policewoman Jody made a terrible mistake that resulted in a serial killer known as The Blindfolder escaping justice. When Jody discovers journalist Pieta survived an attack by him, she realises she may finally have found a way to catch him. But that would mean endangering at least two innocent people . . . They kept quiet to protect themselves. Will telling all save or sacrifice each other?
A tense, thrilling read from Sunday Times bestselling author Dorothy Koomson Is it an affair . . . or something much worse? Tami's husband, Scott, has just been arrested for a terrible crime - and his accuser is her closest friend. Who should Tami believe? The father of her two daughters? Or her trusted best friend? Torn and desperate to find out the truth, Tami makes her choice - with shocking consequences . . . SHORTLISTED FOR THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POPULAR FICITON 2012 Readers love Dorothy Koomson: 'Cleverly told by three female narrators, this is a complex tale of a terrible crime . . . I was gripped from the start and desperate to uncover the truth' Woman 'If you only do one this weekend, read this book. It's another utterly brilliant psychological thriller' Sun
'All the stuff in the papers was lies. We were never The Ice Cream Girls' Serena and Poppy were teenagers when they were branded as the Ice Cream Girls. When they were accused of murder, one of them was sent to prison while the other was set free. Now, 20 years later, one of them is doing all she can to clear her name and the other is frantically trying to keep her secrets. Which Ice Cream Girl is desperate enough to kill to get what she wants? A gripping, emotional thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author Dorothy Koomson
The quirky, heart-warming debut from Sunday Times bestseller Dorothy Koomson There's something special about Ceri . . . Meet Ceri. She's giving up her life and job in London to follow her heart in Leeds. But Ceri has a bad habit of unintentionally inspiring other people to follow their hearts too - then desperately trying to solve the resulting problems. When she arrives in her new city it's not long before chaos ensues. Will Ceri stick with her vow to not get involved or will she be forced to do what she does best and act like modern-day Cupid? Readers love Dorothy Koomson: 'Hilarious' OK's Hot Stars 'A page-turning romantic comedy and a must for every woman's handbag' Spirit & Destiny 'A laugh-out-loud, feel-good page-turner' She
The gripping emotional thriller about thin line between love and obsession from Sunday Times bestselling author DOROTHY KOOMSON 'If you're reading this, it's likely I'm dead. Probably murdered' After a car crash leaves Libby close to death, she starts to question everything - especially if her husband, Jack, has ever really loved her. Stuck at home recovering from her injuries, Libby starts to obsess over the untimely death of Eve, Jack's beautiful, perfect first wife. When Libby finds Eve's diaries, though, she discovers 'perfect' Eve had a secret. And now Libby knows that secret her life may be in serious danger, too... Readers love Dorothy Koomson: 'It had us all gripped from start to finish' Woman 'Social conflict, deception, the nature of marriage itself are all themes in this multi-tiered and satisfying mystery story' Daily Express 'A must-read that will have you gripped *****' Heat
A gripping tale of redemption, hope and finding love in unexpected places from Sunday Times bestselling author DOROTHY KOOMSON 'They're not your children . . . It's nothing to do with you' Kendra has run home to England from Australia to escape the mess she created in Sydney. Unfortunately for her, she seems to have arrived into an even bigger mess involving her new landlord, single father Kyle and his two children. Despite her best efforts, Kendra is slowly sucked into being another parent to Kyle's children. But just as life seems to settle down, the reasons why she originally disappeared to Australia catch up with her. Is it time for Kendra to run away again? Readers love Dorothy Koomson: 'Will make tears run down your face, but leave you feeling that whatever happens, there's always hope.' Heat 'A poignant page-turner.' Closer 'Seeringly painful but ultimately hopeful, this book is a riveting read from start to finish' Woman
A heartbreaking page-turner about love, loss and friendship from the Sunday Times bestselling author DOROTHY KOOMSON 'It's the ones you love the most that can lift you in an instant, and destroy you without trying.' Nova would do anything for her closet friend, Mal. So, when he asks her to be surrogate mother for him and his wife, Steph, she agrees - despite her fears about what it could do to their lives. Eight years later, Nova and Mal no longer speak, Nova is bringing up Mal's son Leo, while Mal's marriage to Steph continues to fall apart. Now Leo is critically ill in hospital, Nova must decide whether to tell her family the truth about the surrogacy - and if she can allow Mal back into her life before it's too late. Readers love Dorothy Koomson: 'Movingly documents the heartbreak and emotional reshuffling of family and friends coping with love and loss' Daily Mail 'A superior cautionary tale' Good Housekeeping 'You'll need tissues' Heat
A gripping and emotional read about friendship, betrayal and forgiveness from Sunday Times bestselling author DOROTHY KOOMSON 'Please don't ignore this. I need to see you. I'm dying.' On Kamryn's thirty-second birthday she receives a card from Adele, the woman who betrayed her and she vowed never to speak to again. Adele has contacted Kamryn because she is desperate - she needs someone to take care of her precious daughter, Tegan, and she's running out of time. Kamryn loves Tegan, but can she really put aside all the hurt and pain of the last few years to rescue Adele when she needs her most? Readers love Dorothy Koomson: 'An enjoyable, easy read that might even make you shed the odd tear' Star 'Koomson just gets better and better' Woman & Home 'Witty, with bits to make you cry and laugh' Real
A warm, funny and irresistible read from Sunday Times bestselling author DOROTHY KOOMSON 'I didn't mean to, honest to goodness . . . It just happened.' When Amber wakes up in bed with Greg, one of her best friends, she's sure it's a one-off mistake - Greg is a commitment-phobe and Amber loves being single. When they keep sleeping together, though, they finally admit their true feelings. But their plan to keep the affair secret from Amber's closest friend, Jen, creates unexpected problems when Jen reveals Greg made a pass at her. Amber is horrified - is Greg going to break her heart? Or is there a bigger, more shocking motive lurking behind what Jen has confessed . . . ? Readers love Dorothy Koomson: 'A fantastic blend of love, friendship and laughs' Company 'What makes The Chocolate Run such a winning read is that Koomson's characters develop in a believable way' Heat 'Perfect if you want to have a good weep. . . Great stuff' Metro
Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson, read by Pippa Bennett-Warner and Vivienne Acheampong.Brighton Beach, 1993Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears.Twenty-five years on, Nell is forced to quit her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was - and what happened to her best friend that summer.But as Nell edges closer to the truth, dangerous things start to happen. Someone seems to be watching her every move, and soon she starts to wonder who in her life she can actually trust...Fast-paced and thrilling, The Brighton Mermaid explores the deadly secrets of those closest to you.
What secrets would you kill to keep? After her husband's big promotion, Cece Solarin arrives in Brighton with their three children, ready to start afresh. But their new neighbourhood has a deadly secret. Three weeks earlier, Yvonne, a very popular parent, was almost murdered in the grounds of the local school - the same school where Cece has unwittingly enrolled her children. Already anxious about making friends when the parents seem so cliquey, Cece is now also worried about her children's safety. By chance she meets Maxie, Anaya and Hazel, three very different school mothers who make her feel welcome and reassure her about her new life. That is until Cece discovers the police believe one of her new friends tried to kill Yvonne. Reluctant to spy on her friends but determined to discover the truth, Cece must uncover the potential murderer before they strike again . . . From the bestselling author of That Girl from Nowhere and When I Was Invisible comes a thrilling new novel that will have you questioning the line between right and wrong.
Will your past always catch up with you? Tessa Dannall is excited and happy when her daughter, Nia, arrives at their family's tropical beach resort to get married. Tessa is also trying to forget the last time she went to a wedding on this beach and how that day changed her life for ever. But as the big day draws near, Tessa realises she must face the deadly ghosts from her past - or they may ruin her daughter's future... Praise for Dorothy Koomson: 'Terrifically addictive' Good Housekeeping 'Beautifully written' Closer 'Koomson just gets better and better' Woman and Home