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Sophie McKenzie is the award-winning author of a range of teen thrillers, including the Missing series (Girl, Missing, Sister, Missing and Missing Me), Blood Ties and Blood Ransom and the Medusa Project series. She has also written two romance series: the Luke and Eve books and the Flynn series, which starts with the novel Falling Fast. Split Second is her first teen stand-alone novel in seven years. Sophie's first novel for adults was the psychological thriller Close My Eyes.
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A tensely dramatic tale, highlighting secrets, lies, and trust. A year after her husband was murdered in an unprovoked attack, Fran is told her family may actually know something about his death. We are introduced to Fran’s family members in the first chapter, and then the sledgehammer hits, can Fran trust her family? Fran can on occasion cause frustration as she makes a number of ill advised decisions, however this is balanced by her determination and integrity. Sophie McKenzie allows three characters direct access to the page, diverting thoughts and creating additional tension. ‘The Black Sheep’ allows suspicion to rise and fall, as the suspense increases, the ending has some surprises in store, creating a captivating and thrilling tale.
The bestselling author of Close My Eyes returns with a chilling psychological thriller. Julia has always been the friend that Livy turns to when life is difficult. United fifteen years ago by grief at the brutal murder of Livy's sister, Kara, they've always told each other everything. Or so Livy thought. So when Julia is found dead in her home, Livy cannot come to terms with the news that she chose to end her own life. The Julia that Livy knew was vibrant and vivacious, a far cry from the selfish neurotic that her family seem determined to paint her as. Troubled by doubt but alone in her suspicions, Livy sets out to prove that Julia was in fact murdered. But little does she realise that digging into her best friend's private life will cause her to question everything she thought she knew about Julia. And the truth that Livy discovers will tear the very fabric of her own life apart.
A dramatic sequel to Split Second which picks up the threads of the story about Charlie and Nat, two idealistic kids living in England in a time of recession, who are determined to take a stand against terrorism. When Charlie and Nat join the English Freedom Army they think they are part of an active cell with the same principles as themselves. But the EFA has a quite different agenda – one that Nat and Charlie do not support. Can Nat and Charlie escape from the EFA and the police? And can they find anyone else who wants a political solution? Nat and Charlie tell their stories in alternate voices in this thrilling and thought provoking adventure. ~ Julia Eccleshare
From the author of the Richard and Judy Children's Books winner, Girl, Missing comes the final instalment in a terrific teenage love story trilogy, which captures the ups, downs and at times almost unbearable emotions of being in love. To keep her away from Luke, Eve’s dad sends her to a convent school while Luke himself goes back to England. Luke misses Eve and wants her back but, in her absence, he turns to someone else. When Eve does appear, she still wants to be with Luke. In fact, she wants him to be her ‘first’. Luke has to live with her sorrow that she’s not as he tells the story of how the two of them do get back together in their older, more mature and sexual relationship. To read the trilogy in order start with Six Steps to a Girl then Three’s a Crowd and end with The One and Only.
Full of passion and heartbreak, this is a powerful and touching love story. Luke and Eve are longing for their first holiday together but they hadn’t reckoned what it would be like staying with Eve’s father. Almost from the start, things begin to go badly wrong. Tempers rise and both have to learn that love demands trust above all things.
Passion burns as brightly as ever in Sophie McKenzie’s latest fizzing addition to the powerful love story of River and Flynn. Over a year has passed and River is sure she’s over her relationship with the magnetic but troubled Flynn. Working hard for her A levels and living with her Dad and Gemma on the commune she is enjoying life. But her path crosses again with Flynn and the old flames flare up. Can River resist especially as she can see Flynn needs her help? Sophie McKenzie brilliantly captures the tortuous thrill of this troubled but gripping romance. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Best-selling Sophie McKenzie tells a corkscrew of an adventure which pulls no punches about the dangers of terrorism. Charlie’s mother is killed in a bomb blast in a crowded London market; Nat’s brother is in a coma in hospital – a victim of the same blast. Later, the two meet….Did Nat and his brother have something to do with the bomb? Charlie can only suspect until she and Nat find themselves in very real danger as rival organisations attempt draw them into their terrifying activities.
River and Flynn have been dating for a while and despite some big challenges along the way, have managed to make it work. Flynn is making every effort to stay in control of his hot temper, while River feels more content than she’s ever been. Together, the two of them make big plans for the future.
One of our Books of the Year 2013 The final gripping thriller in the bestselling Missing sequence, from the author of Girl, Missing. Now out in paperback. Sophie McKenzie's ability to tap into the teen psyche is second to none and here yet again in this the third in her Missing series (the first and second were Girl, Missing and Sister, Missing) she hits the jackpot with a thrilling and mysterious roller-coaster of a ride that features Lauren's younger sister Madison. Now a teenager herself, Madison discovers she's not who she thinks she is which compels to go on a mission; a mission that puts her in grave danger.
In this high-octane sequel to Falling Fast, River, still passionately in love with Flynn, finds herself more and more confused and anxious by his violent behaviour. Time and again she forgives him knowing some of the devils that haunt him. But, when Flynn lashes out once too often, River knows that she can’t manage things any longer. Flynn will have to change. But can he? A tantalising end in expectation of the third part of the trilogy.
Sophie McKenzie's ability to really tap into the teen pysche is second to none and here yet again in this the third in her Missing series (the first and second were Girl, Missing and Sister, Missing) she hits the jackpot with a thrilling and mysterious roller-coaster of a ride that features Lauren's younger sister Madison. Now a teenager herself, Madison discovers she's not who she thinks she is which compels her to go on a mission; a mission that puts her in grave danger.
March 2012 Book of the Month. From the author of bestsellers Girl, Missing, Blood Ties, the Medusa Project series and the Luke & Eve romance trilogy (Six Steps to a Girl, Three’s a Crowd, The One and Only) among others, comes a brand new four-part romance series, starting with Falling Fast. Sophie McKenzie's storytelling powers are second to none whether she's writing thrillers or romance. Here in Falling Fast there's passion and romance but is it true love for both River and Flynn? Look out for the special Falling Fast World Book Day short story, available exclusively on the World Book Day App in March 2012: www.worldbookday.com.
The long-awaited sequel to the Award-winning bestseller, Girl, Missing. Award-winning, Sophie McKenzie takes us back to the characters and complex family set-up of her award-winning debut thriller, Girl, Missing, in this nail-bitingly tense sequel. Sophie McKenzie on developing the characters in Girl, Missing and Sister, Missing Inspired by the case of a real-life missing child, I wrote Girl, Missing in the first two months of 2005. For the next five-and-a-half years I didn’t think there would ever be a sequel. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to write about Lauren and Jam and Madison again. I did! It was simply that I couldn’t imagine another story that would sit well alongside the first book. And then, one lazy afternoon in the Autumn of 2010, I sat down to watch the Coen Brothers’ movie, Fargo and, inspired by one aspect of the film, the germ of an idea slipped into my head. I made some notes and put them to one side. The next day I came back to the idea and fleshed it out a little. At last I saw how I could come back to the world of Girl, Missing and extend it into another story! At the start of the first book, Lauren asks herself the question: Who am I? At this point she is very concerned with finding a practical answer to that question. Where does she come from? Who are her birth parents? Who took her away from them? Skip forward two years, to Sister, Missing and Lauren is trying to figure out what kind of person she is. Like many sixteen-year-olds she is pulling away from her parents. In Lauren’s case, she’s struggling to deal with two rather suffocating mothers (birth and adoptive) as well as the death of her birth father and the introduction of a new boyfriend for her birth mum. I wanted this context for the book, because I think it’s one many people can relate to. Lots of daughters have to cope with controlling mums, absent dads and new step-father figures and this, I hope, gives Lauren’s extraordinary story a basis in a very ordinary life. However the most important relationships in Sister, Missing are between Lauren and her sisters. I don’t have a sister – though I’ve clocked up five stepsisters and three sisters-inlaw over the years – and I’m fascinated by this often complicated and intense family tie. In Girl, Missing Lauren meets little Madison, whom she adores, and rude, unfriendly Shelby whom she loathes. One of the main reasons I wanted to revisit the world of Girl, Missing was to show how these relationships develop over time. Once Lauren was simply the child who went missing. Now, in Sister, Missing, she finds herself responsible for finding and saving her missing sister. How Lauren responds to this challenge is at the centre of the book, providing the story’s most dramatic moments, and revealing how getting to know her sisters will change Lauren in ways she could never have foreseen.
Winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2009. Terrifically paced, this thriller links two teenagers who must work fast to unravel the past and discover the dangerous secret that unites them. Theo and Rachel have a lot at stake as they foil the plot of a group of extremists and get to the heart of their own identities. Sophie McKenzie holds the reader by the power of her storytelling.
The second chapter in Sophie McKenzie's bestselling series, back with a fresh new cover design! Meet Nico, Ketty, Ed and Dylan - four psychic teens brought together by government agents to create the secret crime-fighting force The Medusa Project. After a narrow escape from the evil clutches of Jack Linden, the gang are back and the stakes are even higher. Ketty's brother Lex has stumbled into a dangerous game involving his boss and a hidden bomb. It's up to Ketty to save him without letting on what she knows to the rest of the team. But can she control her psychic visions, and her feelings for Nico, without getting the team's cover - and herself - blown sky high?
The first gripping installment in bestselling children's author Sophie McKenzie's MEDUSA PROJECT SERIES - back with a bold new cover look! Fourteen years ago, scientist William Fox risked it all to achieve the impossible: he successfully implanted four babies with the Medusa gene, designed to give the recipient psychic abilities. But Fox's experiment had some devastating consequences, so the babies were hidden away for years and the Medusa gene was heard of no more. Now the children are teenagers - and about to have their minds blown as their psychic powers kick in. Cocky, charismatic Nico thinks his emerging telekinetic abilities will bring him money, power and the girl of his dreams. He's about to find out just how wrong he is. And that new friends can often turn out to be snakes in the grass . . . Praise for The Set-Up: 'BRILLIANT . . . YOU CAN'T STOP READING' - ROBERT MUCHAMORE
The third and final book in the bestselling, award-winning MISSING series. Six years have passed since the end of Sister, Missing and Madison is now a teenager. During a visit to older sister Lauren, she learns that their biological father was an anonymous sperm donor and sets out to track him down. Her search bears fruit sooner than she expects, but is the father she discovers all he seems? As Madison gets drawn into a mysterious investigation involving missing girls and secret hideaways, she finds herself in more and more danger... PRAISE FOR GIRL, MISSING: 'Written with assurance and style, this is page-turning material.' The Independent 'A taut thriller.' Wood & Vale Express 'Excellent - gripping, sympathetic, moving, well plotted.' Ultimate Book Guide 'A real page turned, filled with excitement, mystery, suspense and danger.' Waterstone's Guide To Kids Books 2008 'This entertaining book will have you gripped for hours.' Sunday Express PRAISE FOR SISTER, MISSING: 'A fast paced thriller that leaves you on the edge of your seat.' Serendipity Reviews 'If you like your stories fast-paced, full of dangers and conflicts and impossible situations, then you will love this book.' The Bookbag 'The brilliant follow-up to bestseller, Girl, Missing.' Reading Zone Newsletter
'Page-turning' The Independent 'Sophie's thrillers are brilliant ... you can't stop reading' Robert Muchamore, bestselling author 'Sophie McKenzie's the queen of nail-biting and addictive reads. I just can't get enough.' Amy McCulloch, author of The Potion Diaries The gripping sequel to the bestselling, award-winning Girl, Missing. It's two years after the events of Girl, Missing and life is not getting any easier for sixteen-year-old Lauren, as exam pressure and a recent family heartbreak take their toll. Hoping some time together away from everything will help, Lauren's birth mother takes Lauren and her two sisters on holiday, only for tragedy to strike again when one of Lauren's sisters disappears, under circumstances very similar to those in which Lauren was taken years before ... perhaps too similar to be a coincidence. Can Lauren save her sister, and stop the nightmare happening all over again?
Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: four sisters whose stories are forever imprinted in our hearts. But what if their stories had different endings? Reimagined by bestselling author Sophie McKenzie and told through the eyes of everybody's favourite sister, Becoming Jo perfectly captures the magic, exuberance and spirit of the original and much-loved book. Over 150 years after its publication, Becoming Jo proves just how timeless the characters and themes found within Little Women really are.
Get ready for a brand new edge-of-your-seat read from bestselling author Sophie McKenzie! When everyone thinks you're a liar, how hard will you fight for the truth? Carey and Amelia have been best friends forever. Then Amelia starts being trolled by SweetFreak, a mysterious and hateful online account, and Carey is accused of being behind the vicious comments and threats. Shut out by her other friends and shunned by Amelia, Carey is determined to clear her name and find out who's really sending the messages. But as the online attacks spill over into real life, events start spiralling out of control... Can Carey expose the real SweetFreak before it's too late? A gripping page-turner from the award-winning Sophie Mckenize, SweetFreak will keep you guessing until the very end... PRAISE FOR SOPHIE MCKENZIE: 'When it comes to YA thrillers, there's one name that defines the genre: Sophie McKenzie' Amy Alward, author of The Potion Diaries 'Sophie's thrillers are brilliant... You can't stop reading' Robert Muchamore, bestselling author
Francesca was widowed a year ago. Since then she has focused on her children, trying to soothe their grief as well as her own. Her husband and father never quite saw eye to eye but no one could have cared more for her in the past year than her close-knit family. Finally, she feels she might be ready to move on with life. Until she is contacted out of the blue by someone who says he must get information to her. That her husband's death wasn't what it seemed. And that her family know more than they say ...Who can Francesca trust? And what will happen to her if she puts her faith in the wrong person?
What if everything you thought you knew about your life was a lie? Lauren is adopted and eager to know more about her mysterious past. But when she discovers she may have been snatched from her family as a baby, her whole life suddenly feels like a sham. Why will no one answer her questions? How can she find her biological parents? And could her adoptive parents really have been responsible for kidnapping her? Running away from her family to seek out the truth, Lauren's journey takes her deeper and deeper into danger as she realises that someone wants to stop her uncovering what really happened when she was a baby... at any cost... A nail-biting YA thriller from the bestselling author of Close My Eyes 10 years on from it's first publication, Girl Missing has sold over 150,000 copies in the UK alone. This new edition of the bestseller includes exclusive extra content from Sophie and is a must for fans and readers that are yet to discover this modern classic. 'Page-turning' The Independent 'Will have you gripped for hours' Sunday Express 'Please read this book: it is brilliant!; The Guardian 'Whenever I hear the phrase YA thriller I only ever think of one name - and that's Sophie Mckenzie. Why? Because noboody does it better' Phil Earle, award-winning author 'Sophie's thrillers are brilliant... you can't stop reading' Robert Muchamore, bestselling author 'Brilliantly described, scary and touching' The Daily Mirror 10 YEARS OF AWARDS FOR Girl, Missing Manchester Children's Book Awards Bolton Children's Book Award Soilhill Book Award Winner of the Sakura Medal Red House Children's Book Award Richard and Judy Best Kids' Book Lewisham Children's Book Award
Football is Blake's life - but it doesn't pay the rent. And if his mum can't do that, they're out on the street. So when a stranger makes him an offer, Blake finds it hard to resist. All he has to do is miss some goals and he'll earn enough cash to keep them going a little while longer. But what if Blake does fix the match? He could end up risking a lot more than just losing a game. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
Hatborzongato pszichologiai krimi egy gyaszolo anyarol, aki megtudja, hogy evek ota halottnak hitt gyermeke el.Amikor Geniver Loxley nyolc evvel korabban elveszitette ujszulott kislanyat, megallt szamara a vilag, es azota sem sokat haladt elore. Gent meg mindig megviseli, ha babakocsit tolo not lat; Beth halala elott harom konyve jelent meg, azota viszont egy sort sem irt.Egy delelott becsenget hozza egy ismeretlen, es pontosan azt mondja neki, amit mindig is hallani szeretett volna: a kislanya egeszsegesen szuletett - de azonnal kivittek a mutobol, es bizonyara odaadtak egy masik nonek. Hihetetlen tortenet, de miert talalna ki barki ilyesmit? Hirtelen res nyilik Gen biztonsagos vilaganak burkan, es tengernyi kerdes zudul be rajta: Hol van most Beth? Miert nem akar kutatni utana Art? Hogy megkimelje a feleseget az ujabb csalodastol? Vagy titkol valamit? Kiben lehet megbizni?Gen nyomozni kezd, hogy megtalalja kislanyat. Remenye azonban csakhamar felelembe es paranoiaba csap at, mert olyan sotet uzelmek sejlenek fol elotte, amelyek titokban tartasaert valakinek a gyilkossag sem tul nagy ar...
A Miota meghaltal szerzojenek uj pszichologiai thrillere.Egy csendes, szurke szombat delelotton Livy holtan talalja legjobb baratnojet, Juliat, akihez a gyermekeivel egyutt latogatoba erkezett. Jollehet az osszes bizonyitek ongyilkossagra utal, Livy keptelen elfogadni a hivatalos dontest, az emlekeiben elo Julia ugyanis harsany volt, szokimondo, elveteg, polgarpukkaszto es eletigenlo, egyaltalan nem depresszios. Nehany gyanus korulmeny miatt Livy kutakodni kezd, es varatlanul azzal a dobbenetes lehetoseggel szembesul, hogy Juliat ugyanaz a szemely gyilkolta meg, aki tizennyolc evvel korabban Livy hugaval is vegzett. Mikozben ketsegbeesetten kuzd, hogy megertse a multbeli tragediakat es osszetartsa roskadozo hazassagat, Livy a gyilkos nyomaba ered, akirol gyanitja, hogy kozeli kapcsolatban all ovele es a csaladjaval. De ha ez igaz, megbizhat-e meg barkiben? Peldaul Julia eltitkolt szerelmeben. Vagy akar sajat szeretett ferjeben, aki talan tobbszor is megcsalta, mint ahanyat bevallott. Amikor pedig vegul hajmereszto, keptelen dontes ele allitjak, azt is vegig kell gondolnia: eleg eros-e ahhoz, hogy onmagaban megbizzon.
On holiday with family and her adoring fiance, Jed, Emily couldn't be happier. But overnight, the idyllic trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of the group is found dead in what appears to be a terrible accident. The devastated party returns to London to cope with their loss while trying to resume their normal lives. But new revelations shed a shocking light on the holiday tragedy and set Emily on a perilous journey to discover the truth about what happened. Soon a terrifying series of threats and lies bring her face to face with the dark truths at the heart of her family - and into life-threatening danger...