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Dorothy Koomson - Author

About the Author

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!

Featured books by Dorothy Koomson

The Flavours of Love

The Flavours of Love

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

'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.

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The Rose Petal Beach

The Rose Petal Beach

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/04/2013

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...

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Other books by Dorothy Koomson

Tell Me Your Secret

Tell Me Your Secret

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

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

That Day You Left

That Day You Left

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

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

Tell Me Your Secret

Tell Me Your Secret

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/06/2019

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?

Tell Me Your Secret

Tell Me Your Secret

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2019

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 Rose Petal Beach

The Rose Petal Beach

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

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

My Best Friend's Girl

My Best Friend's Girl

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

An emotional and moving page-turner from the Sunday Times bestselling author of TELL ME YOUR SECRET and THE BRIGHTON MERMAID Kamryn Matika has no responsibilities - one birthday card will change that forever... Best friends Kamryn Matika and Adele Brannon though nothing could come between them - until Adele did the unthinkable and slept with Kamryn's fiance Nate. Worse still, she got pregnant and had his child. When Kamryn discovered the truth about their betrayal she vowed never to see any of them again. Years later, Kamryn receives a letter from Adele asking her to visit her in hospital. Adele is dying and begs Kamryn to adopt her daughter Tegan. With a great job and hectic social life, the last thing Kamryn needs is a five-year-old daughter to disrupt things. Especially not one who reminds her of Nate. But with n on else to take care of Tegan and Adele fading fast, does she have any other choice? So begins a difficult journey that leads Kamryn towards forgiveness, love, responsibility and, ultimately, a better understanding of herself. Readers love Dorothy Koomson: 'I was laughing and crying from page one . . . a very moving read' Adele Parks 'Both funny and moving, this will have you reaching for the tissues. . . A heart-breaking tale' Closer

Marshmallows for Breakfast

Marshmallows for Breakfast

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Kendra Tamale has found two reasons to face up to her past When Kendra Tamale returns to England from Australia she rents a room from Kyle, a separated father of two, and begins a new job. She's looking forward to a fresh start and a simple life. Kyle's six-year-old twins, Summer and Jaxon, have other ideas and quickly adopt Kendra as their new mother - mainly because she lets them eat marshmallows for breakfast. Kendra eventually becomes a part of their lives, even though she's hiding a painful secret that makes her keep everyone -especially children - at arm's length. Then Kendra bumps into the man who shares her awful secret, and everything falls apart: she can't sleep, she can't eat, she's suspended from work, and the kids are taken away by their mother. The only way to fix things is to confess to the terrible mistake she made all those years ago. But that's something she swore she would never do...

The Woman He Loved Before

The Woman He Loved Before

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Libby has a good life with a gorgeous husband and a home by the sea. But over time she is becoming more unsure if Jack has ever loved her - and if he is over the death of Eve, his first wife. When fate intervenes in their relationship, Libby decides to find out all she can about the man she hastily married and the seemingly perfect Eve. But in doing so she unearths some devastating secrets. Frightened by what she finds and the damage it could cause, Libby starts to worry that she too will end up like the first woman Jack loved...

Goodnight, Beautiful

Goodnight, Beautiful

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

From the bestselling author of The Brighton Mermaid and The Ice Cream Girls comes a heart-breaking page-turner about love, loss and the power of friendship, perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult. Nova Kumalisi would do anything for her closest friend, Mal Wacken. She owes him her life. So, when he asked her to be the surrogate mother for him and his wife, in spite of her fears about how it would alter their friendship, Nova agreed. Eight years later, Nova is bringing up their son alone, and she and Mal don't speak. Months into the pregnancy, Mal's wife changed her mind about the surrogacy agreement. Already suspicious of how close Nova and Mal were, Stephanie realised her strained marriage was in serious trouble when she found a text from her husband to Nova, saying, 'Goodnight, Beautiful'. She asked Mal to cut all ties with his closest friend and unborn child. Now, seven-year-old Leo is critically ill and Nova, despite her anger and hurt, wants Mal to have the chance to know his son before it's too late. Will it take a tragedy to remind them how much they mean to each other?

The Chocolate Run

The Chocolate Run

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

'I didn't mean to, honest to goodness I didn't. It just happened.' Amber Salpone doesn't mean to keep ending up in bed with her friend Greg Walterson, but she can't help herself. And after every time it 'just happens' their secret affair moves closer to being a real relationship, which is big problem when he's a womaniser and she's a commitment-phobe. While Amber struggles to accept her new feelings for Greg, she also realises that her closeness to Jen, her best friend, is slipping away and the tow of them are becoming virtual strangers. Slowly but surely, as the stark truths of all their lives are revealed, Amber has to confront the fact that chocolate can't cure everything and sometimes running away isn't an option...

The Ice Cream Girls a gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author

The Ice Cream Girls a gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

'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 Brighton Mermaid

The Brighton Mermaid

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/05/2018

**WINNER OF THE PRECIOUS LIFESTYLE MUST READ OF THE YEAR AWARD 2018** `This will creep its way under your skin and stay there long after you finish the final few gut-twisting chapters. Brilliant' Heat ********* Brighton Beach, 1993 Teenagers 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.

Brighton Mermaid

Brighton Mermaid

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2018

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.

The Friend

The Friend

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

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.

The Beach Wedding

The Beach Wedding

Author: Dorothy Koomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

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