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Lucie Whitehouse - Author

About the Author

Lucie Whitehouse was born in Gloucestershire in 1975, read Classics at Oxford
University and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of The House at
Midnight, the TV Book Club pick The Bed I Made and Before We Met, which was a
Richard & Judy Summer Book Club pick and an ITV3 Crime Thriller selection. Keep You Close is her fourth novel.

 

Author photo © Jaime Turner

Featured books by Lucie Whitehouse

Critical Incidents

Critical Incidents

Author: Lucie Whitehouse Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/12/2019

Razor-sharp, focused and absolutely fabulous, Critical Incidents is the first in what promises to be a stunning new series by Lucie Whitehouse. Detective Inspector Robin Lyons has been dismissed from the Met, turned down a proposal, and is heading back to her Mum and Dad in Birmingham with her daughter Lennie. Home isn’t necessarily a sanctuary when Robin starts to investigate a shocking crime and violence creeps ever closer. Keep You Close was one of our Books of the Year in 2016, so I had high hopes for Critical Incidents and it certainly lived up to expectations. I sat and read non-stop, just gobbling up the pages. There is an addictive quality to the writing, pithy, witty, stinging sentences walk hand in hand with compassion and emotion. The ending has left me wanting more, so I already can’t wait for the next in the series. Critical Incidents is escapism at its very best, it is also provocative, eloquent and extremely rewarding, earning itself a pick of the month from me.

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month
Keep You Close

Keep You Close

Author: Lucie Whitehouse Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/08/2016

One of our Books of the Year 2016. Ten years ago Rowan and Marianne were inseperable. Rowan, our narrator, lost her mother while still a baby and Marianne's family embraced her. Then Seb, the father, is killed in a car accident and something dramatic breaks up the girl's friendship. Five days after Marianne accidentally slips off a roof and is killed, Rowan has a card from her saying 'I need to talk to you'. This story is of Rowan's investigation into Marianne's death for she believes it to be no accident. Marianne was a famous artist with an exhibition booked in New York on which she was working. She is having her portrait painted by a famous American artist and a lot of the art world and paintings are described adding great fascination to the tale. The mystery as to what split the girls' friendship is wonderfully tense and not actually revealed until the last few pages when all comes together in a shocking climax. Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst August 2016 Book of the Month.

eBooks of the Month
The Bed I Made

The Bed I Made

Author: Lucie Whitehouse Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/06/2010

  Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 18 July 2010.   A dark tale of obsessive love and the danger a woman faces when she tries to break free.  It’s compelling, emotional and builds to a gripping finale.  I loved it.Comparison: Maggie O’Farrell, Nikki Gemmell, Kate Saunders.

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Lucie Whitehouse

Risk of Harm

Risk of Harm

Author: Lucie Whitehouse Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2021

The gripping new crime thriller from the bestselling author of Before We Met and Critical Incidents Robin Lyons is back in her hometown of Birmingham and now a DCI with Force Homicide, working directly under Samir, the man who broke her heart almost twenty years ago. When a woman is found stabbed to death in a derelict factory and no one comes forward to identify the body, Robin and her team must not only hunt for the murderer, but also solve the mystery of who their victim might be. As Robin and Samir come under pressure from their superiors, from the media and from far-right nationalists with a dangerous agenda, tensions in Robin's own family threaten to reach breaking point. And when a cold case from decades ago begins to smoulder and another woman is found dead in similar circumstances, rumours of a serial killer begin to spread. In order to get to the truth Robin will need to discover where loyalty ends and duty begins. But before she can trust, she is going to have to forgive - and that means grappling with some painful home truths.

Critical Incidents

Critical Incidents

Author: Lucie Whitehouse Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/04/2019

Razor-sharp, focused and absolutely fabulous, Critical Incidents is the first in what promises to be a stunning new series by Lucie Whitehouse. Detective Inspector Robin Lyons has been dismissed from the Met, turned down a proposal, and is heading back to her Mum and Dad in Birmingham with her daughter Lennie. Home isn’t necessarily a sanctuary when Robin starts to investigate a shocking crime and violence creeps ever closer. Keep You Close was one of our Books of the Year in 2016, so I had high hopes for Critical Incidents and it certainly lived up to expectations. I sat and read non-stop, just gobbling up the pages. There is an addictive quality to the writing, pithy, witty, stinging sentences walk hand in hand with compassion and emotion. The ending has left me wanting more, so I already can’t wait for the next in the series. Critical Incidents is escapism at its very best, it is also provocative, eloquent and extremely rewarding, earning itself a pick of the month from me.

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month
The House at Midnight

The House at Midnight

Author: Lucie Whitehouse Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/03/2017

From the beginning, the house changed everything... Lucas. Joanna. Martha. Michael. Danny. Rachel. Best friends since college, they are brought together at beautiful Stoneborough Manor when Lucas inherits it following the suicide of his beloved uncle. But over the course of a hot, decadent summer, what begins as an idyllic retreat from the pressures of adult life is transformed into a place where secrets are revealed, sexual tensions escalate and friendships and sanity unravel - beyond repair.

Komm doch naher

Komm doch naher

Author: Lucie Whitehouse Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/02/2017

Rowan und Marianne waren beste Freundinnen, nichts konnte sie trennen. Rowan fand durch Marianne sogar die Familie, die sie selbst nie hatte - bis es vor zehn Jahren zum groen Zerwurfnis kam. Seitdem haben sie nichts mehr voneinander gehort. Und jetzt ist Marianne tot. Angeblich ein tragischer Unfall, sie muss vom Dach ihres Hauses gesturzt sein. Rowan kann es nicht glauben: Ihre Freundin hatte extreme Hohenangst, niemals ware sie freiwillig aufs Dach gestiegen. Was ist in den letzten Jahren mit Marianne, inzwischen eine beruhmte Malerin, geschehen? Was haben ihre beunruhigenden Gemalde, auf denen verschwindende Frauen zu sehen sind, zu bedeuten? Je tiefer Rowan in das Dickicht von Mariannes Geheimnissen eindringt, desto mehr droht sie sich in ihm zu verlieren. Denn es deutet immer mehr darauf hin, dass der Tod mit ihrem Zerwurfnis von damals zu tun hat ...

Eine perfekte Luge

Eine perfekte Luge

Author: Lucie Whitehouse Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/05/2015

Als Hannah an einem Tag im Sommer Mark begegnet, ist es um sie geschehen. Die beiden ziehen zusammen, heiraten, das vollkommene Gluck. Doch als Mark nach einer Geschaftsreise plotzlich spurlos verschwunden ist, beschleicht Hannah ein ungutes Gefuhl. Weshalb ist ihr Mann nicht zu erreichen? Warum sind all seine Papiere verschwunden? Wieso wurde ihr Konto geplundert? Und wer ist die Fremde, die dauernd anruft? Hannah beschliet zu handeln. Doch je mehr Fragen sie stellt, desto weniger Antworten bekommt sie. Gefangen in einem schier endlosen Labyrinth von Ratseln, wird ihr langsam klar, dass Mark keineswegs der Sunnyboy ist, fur den sie ihn immer gehalten hat. Und bald hegt sie einen grauenhaften Verdacht...

Before We Met

Before We Met

Author: Lucie Whitehouse Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

A Richard & Judy Summer Book Club pick A whirlwind romance. A perfect marriage. Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband fails to come home . . . And can you ever really know what happened before you met?

House at Midnight

House at Midnight

Author: Lucie Whitehouse Format: Ebook Release Date: 17/06/2008

On an icy winter weekend, seven friends celebrate New Years Eve at Stoneborough, a grand manor in the English countryside. Theyve been brought together by Lucas Heathfield, a young man who recently inherited the property after the tragic death of his uncle Patrick. Though still raw from the loss of his last family member, Lucas welcomes this tight-knit group of friends to the estate he hopes will become their home away from homean escape from London where they can all relax and rekindle the revelry of their college days.Lucass best friend, Joanna, finds herself oddly affected by the cavernous manse, with its lavish mythological ceiling mural and sprawling grounds, and awakened to a growing bond with Lucas. Much to her surprise, he reveals that hes loved her for years. But as they begin to find their way from friendship to romance, Joanna cant shake the feeling that the house is having its own effect on them.Back in London, Joanna is stunned when Lucas announces that he and their impetuous friend Danny are moving into Stoneborough full-time. Her concern seems justified as Lucas, once ensconced, becomes completely ensnared in the turbulent past that seems to haunt the housea past that is captured in old movie reels featuring Lucass now-dead family: his charismatic uncle Patrick, his lovely mother, Claire, and his golden-boy father, Justin. Over one decadent, dramatic year, as the friends frequently gather at the shadowed residence, secrets slide out and sexual tensions escalate, shattering friendships and forever changing lives. And all the while, the house cradles a devastating secret.By turns taut and sensual, mesmerizing and disturbing, The House at Midnight is a gripping psychological novel that pulls the reader into the thrall of its ominous atmosphere. Newcomer Lucie Whitehouse has written a tense and captivating story that will linger long after the final, shocking pages.From the Hardcover edition.