Sophie McKenzie - Author

About the Author

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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Featured books by Sophie McKenzie

Trust in Me

Trust in Me

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

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.

Casting Shadows

Casting Shadows

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2013

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.

Other books by Sophie McKenzie

SweetFreak

SweetFreak

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2017

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

Girl, Missing

Girl, Missing

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/07/2016

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 shy 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

The Fix

The Fix

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

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+

Miota meghaltal

Miota meghaltal

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2016

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...

Bennem megbizhatsz

Bennem megbizhatsz

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2016

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.

Here We Lie

Here We Lie

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2015

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...

Here We Lie

Here We Lie

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

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...

All My Secrets

All My Secrets

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2015

A brand new title from bestselling, award-winning author, Sophie McKenzie. The shocking reality behind a GBP10 million inheritance turns Evie Brown's world on its head. Unable to find out the truth from her parents, Evie ends up on the mysterious island of Lightsea, where her desire for answers leads her towards a series of revelations that threaten everything she holds dear . . . including her life.

Trust in Me

Trust in Me

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 11/09/2014

Julia and Livy have always told each other everything, turning to each other when life gets difficult. So when Julia is found dead in her home, Livy cannot accept the verdict of suicide. Livy sets out to prove that Julia was murdered, but digging into Julia's private life will cause her to question everything. The truths that Livy discovers will tear the very fabric of her own life apart.

Trust in Me

Trust in Me

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

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.

Split Second - Part 3

Split Second - Part 3

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: eBook Release Date: 24/07/2014

Nat and Charlie's courage and loyalties are pushed to the limit in the third and final part of the heart-stopping Split Second.This is PART THREE of Split Secondby bestselling and award-winning author, Sophie McKenzie, for readers who have downloaded PARTS ONE and TWO. It is not the whole book. Please note that the whole book is also available now! Plus, get an exclusive look at the first chapters of the nail-biting conclusion Every Second Counts!"e;A terrifying, fast-paced thriller that you won't be able to put down."e; Teen Now, four-star review "e;Wow. Sophie McKenzie knows how to get her readers right on the edge of their seats. Split Secondis a rollercoaster of a read, full of twists and turns and betrayals And the story will continue in Every Second Counts. I'll be watching this space for book two. With bated breath!"e; The Book Bag

Split Second - Part 2

Split Second - Part 2

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: eBook Release Date: 17/07/2014

The tension mounts in part two of the action-packed thriller, Split Second. . . Bound together by the devastating consequences of a terrorist attack on a London market, teenagers Charlotte (Charlie) and Nat appear at first to have much in common. But, as Charlie gets closer to Nat, she begins to wonder - does he know more about the attack than he's let on? This is PART TWO of THREE of the heart-stopping thriller, Split Second, by bestselling and award-winning author, Sophie McKenzie. It is not the whole book. PART THREE will be released on the 24th of July. However, if you cannot wait, THE WHOLE EBOOK IS ALSO AVAILABLE NOW! "e;A terrifying, fast-paced thriller that you won't be able to put down."e; Teen Now, four-star review "e;Wow. Sophie McKenzie knows how to get her readers right on the edge of their seats. Split Seconds a rollercoaster of a read, full of twists and turns and betrayals And the story will continue in Every Second Counts. I'll be watching this space for book two. With bated breath!"e; The Book Bag

Six Steps to a Girl

Six Steps to a Girl

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2014

Luke spots Eve at his dad's funeral. She's hot - and she's the perfect distraction from his messed up family life. There's only one problem - she's got a boyfriend. Still, Luke's not going to give up that easily... When he meets Ryan at a party and hears about 'the Six Steps method' to guarantee success with any girl, Luke determines to put it to the test. Step by step, he begins to get closer to Eve - but one step forward seems to mean two steps back, and when he's hospitalised by the jealous boyfriend, he wonders if any girl - even one as gorgeous as Eve - is really worth it...

Split Second

Split Second

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Bound together by the devastating consequences of a terrorist attack on a London market, teenagers Charlotte (Charlie) and Nat appear at first to have much in common. But, as Charlie gets closer to Nat and his family, she begins to wonder if perhaps he knows more about the attack than he has let on. Split Second is an action-packed thriller that shifts between the perspectives of its two main characters as their courage and their loyalties are tested to the limit.

All About Eve Trilogy

All About Eve Trilogy

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: eBook Release Date: 19/12/2013

Luke spots Eve at his dad's funeral. She's hot - and she's the perfect distraction from his messed up family life. There's only one problem - she's got a boyfriend. Still, Luke's not going to give up that easily... When he meets Ryan at a party and hears about 'the Six Steps method' to guarantee success with any girl, Luke determines to put it to the test. Step by step, he begins to get closer to Eve - but one step forward seems to mean two steps back, and when he's hospitalised by the jealous boyfriend, he wonders if any girl - even one as gorgeous as Eve - is really worth it... This ebook bind-up includes Six Steps to a Girl, Three's a Crowd and The One and Only.

Missing Trilogy

Missing Trilogy

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: eBook Release Date: 19/12/2013

What would you do if you saw yourself as a toddler on a Missing Children's website? Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren's life seems like a sham... and it seems that the circumstances of her disappearance are murky and Lauren's kidnappers are still at large and willing to do anything to keep her silent Two years after the events of Girl, Missingand life is not getting any easier for sixteen-year-old Lauren, as exam pressure and a recent family tragedy take their toll. Lauren's birth mother takes Lauren and her two sisters on holiday in the hope that some time together will help, but when one of the sisters disappears, under circumstances very similar to those in which Lauren was taken years before, Lauren fears the nightmare might happen all over again. Six years have passed since the end of Sister, Missingand Madison is now a teenager. During a visit to older sister Lauren, she learns more about their biological father 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 This ebook bind-up includes Girl, Missing; Sister, Missingand Missing Me, plus a bonus chapter of when Wolfe met Madison.

Medusa Project Collection

Medusa Project Collection

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: eBook Release Date: 19/12/2013

Fourteen years ago, four babies were implanted with the Medusa gene - a gene capable of creating psychic abilities. Now teenagers, Nico, Ketty, Ed and Dylan have been brought together by government agents to create a secret crime-fighting force - The Medusa Project. But the lives are these four special teens are in extreme danger because, since their existence was uncovered, there are some people who will stop at nothing to see them destroyed Fast-paced, thrilling and full of action, this ebook collection includes The Set-Up, The Hostage, The Rescue, Hunted, Double-cross and Hit Squad.

Close My Eyes

Close My Eyes

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/05/2013

It's been eight years since Geniver Loxley lost her daughter, Beth.Since that day, Gen has been floundering. While her husband Art builds his business reputation and their fortune, she can't let go of Beth. And then one day, everything changes. A strange woman shows up on Gen's doorstep, saying the very thing she longs to hear: that Beth is alive. That she is out there somewhere, waiting for Gen to find her . . . It's insane. Unthinkable. But why would someone make up such a story? Ignoring the warnings of her husband and friends, Gen begins to hope - hope that quickly turns into fear and paranoia. With questions swirling around her head, Gen is determined to uncover the truth. But who can she trust? Why is Art so reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or something much more sinister? Is Beth even really out there? And, if so, who is responsible for taking her? What is the truth about Beth Loxley?

Sister, Missing

Sister, Missing

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

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 tragedy take their toll. Lauren's birth mother takes Lauren and her two sisters on holiday in the hope that some time together will help, but a few days into the holiday one of the sisters disappears, under circumstances very similar to those in which Lauren was taken years before. Can Lauren save her sister, and stop the nightmare happening all over again? '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 'A wonderfully written, gripping story that will leave readers of 12 and upwards eager to know what happens to Lauren next' School Librarian

The Medusa Project: Double-Cross

The Medusa Project: Double-Cross

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/06/2011

Narrated by Nico, Double-Crossis full of telekinetic action as the Medusa Project team arrive in Sydney, Australia, for another exciting mission - and come face-to-face with two more Medusa teens: Cal, a boy who can fly, and Amy, a girl who can shapeshift... but who is double-crossing who?

The Medusa Project: Hunted

The Medusa Project: Hunted

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2011

Dylan, the daughter of the scientist who created the Medusa gene for psychic powers, has never felt she really fits into the crime-fighting Medusa Project. But then she makes a discovery about her father's death which changes everything. As she and the other Medusa teens search for the truth, Dylan meets Harry - a boy who seems to know more about Dylan's past than she does. But can Dylan trust him? While Dylan searches for the mysterious legacy that her father has left her from beyond the grave, her dad's killer closes in. But just how far is the murderer prepared to go to keep Dylan from finding out the truth?

Blood Ransom

Blood Ransom

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2010

Clones Rachel and Theo now live thousands of miles apart. They keep in touch, but things just aren't the same. When Rachel discovers that evil scientist Elijah is still working in secret for a section of the government and about to murder Daniel, she sets out to rescue the little boy, but her plans backfire with disastrous consequences. Across the Atlantic, Theo becomes suspicious when Rachel misses their weekly internet chat. He discovers a report online saying she's killed herself and travels to Scotland to find her, certain that she has been kidnapped. A clue leads him to Elijah's mysterious clinic, where the sinister Aphrodite Experiment is underway. But what is Elijah really planning? Why does he need to track Rachel down so badly? And will Rachel and Theo be able to pay the ultimate ransom that he demands?

The Medusa Project: The Rescue

The Medusa Project: The Rescue

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2010

Fourteen years ago, four babies were implanted with the Medusa gene - a gene for psychic abilities. Now teenagers, Nico, Ketty, Ed and Dylan have been brought together by government agents to create a secret crime-fighting force: The Medusa Project. Since their existence became known to members of the criminal underworld, they have been hidden away in a secluded training camp in Spain, where their identities are being kept secret.Life in camp is hard enough, but then things take a turn for the worse. Ed is blackmailed into using his mind-reading powers - and in doing so he threatens to endanger the whole Medusa Project...

Time Train to the Blitz

Time Train to the Blitz

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/04/2010

This is a nail-biting adventure that whisks readers back in time to the daily chaos and heroism of 1940s London during the Blitz bombings. When Scarlett, Joe and their dog, Pippy, stumble upon a ghostly train visible only to them, they find themselves travelling back in time to Second World War London on a heroic mission. Young Alfie Suggs was tragically killed during the Blitz trying to rescue his Nan, who survived. Now it's up to Scarlett and Joe to save the boy - and they have just one hour to complete their mission. As they race through East London's eerie and deserted streets, dogfights howl in the sky, sirens blare and the bombs begin to fall. But although Scarlett and Joe find Alfie, his determination to save his Nan means they are drawn into her house during an attack. Following the raid, they realize they are trapped indoors, with an unexploded bomb outside which will detonate in less than half an hour. Together, the children must scramble through the rubble into the dark cellar of the house and out through the back garden if they are to rescue Alfie and complete their mission. But with Alfie injured, it's a race against time as the clock keeps ticking. This is a fast-paced and gripping journey through time to the war-torn streets of 1940s East-End London, by one of the most exciting talents in children's publishing.

The Medusa Project: The Hostage

The Medusa Project: The Hostage

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2010

Fourteen years ago, four babies were implanted with the Medusa gene - a gene for psychic abilities. Now teenagers, Nico, Ketty, Ed and Dylan have been brought together by government agents to create a secret crime-fighting force - The Medusa Project. But now 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 Medusa Project: The Set-Up

The Medusa Project: The Set-Up

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2009

Fourteen years ago, scientist William Fox implanted four babies with the Medusa gene - a gene for psychic abilities. But Fox died and the babies were hidden away for years. Now the children are teenagers - and unaware that their psychic powers are about to 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...

Arthur's Sword

Arthur's Sword

Author: Sophie McKenzie Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2008

Arthur is a better sword fighter than his foster brother, Kay, but he's not the one training to be a knight. So he is thrilled to meet Merlin, who promises to help him become Kay's squire. Then the king dies, and Arthur gets the chance to carry out his first big challenge. There's a sword stuck in a rock, and no one can pull it free...Arthur's Sword is a modern retelling of the classic legend of old.

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