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Emma Haughton is a freelance journalist who has written features for a wide variety of newspapers and glossy magazines. Now You See Me is her first novel for young adults.
In a Nutshell: Deceit • Decisions • Doing the right thing A gripping, emotionally-charged page-turner about guilt, regret and finding the strength to face the truth. 15-year-old Laurie has always been a good girl, but confesses a guilt-ridden secret right at the start of her story, before taking us on a rollercoaster ride through the months that led to the moment “poison seeped into my blood”. Before that moment, Laurie’s life was sorted. She’s always been focused on fulfilling her ambition to become a doctor, while having fun hanging out with Charlie and Maya. They were the “three peas”; best friends since primary school, until a painful chain of events are set in motion when she and Charlie get together after a party. He goes cold on her, the inconceivable happens and Laurie's world implodes. She’s alone with the burden of making an excruciatingly difficult decision, and it turns out that Charlie has a seriously high-stake secret of his own. This riveting read strikes the perfect balance between keeping you turning the pages and digging deeper into big issues that have big resonance. It’s about the ripple effect of one decision; how lives can be thrown off-course in one brief moment but, ultimately, it’s about stepping-up to put things right when everything goes wrong, which Laurie does with tremendous courage and maturity. When Charlie remarks, “there's no way back” Laurie agrees, but adds, “we can go forwards”. Tense, taut, and teeming with characters you’ll care about, this comes highly recommended for fans of thrillers with extra emotional depth.
Emma Haughton’s debut won her comparisons with Sophie McKenzie – high praise indeed. Her new book, Better Left Buried, confirms her reputation for taut, well-plotted psychological thrillers. Sarah’s brother has died, which is terrible enough, but then Sarah realises she is being followed – could her brother have got his family involved in some very nasty business? Working out what has happened will take Sarah to Sweden, and into very real danger. The tension mounts chapter by chapter, and leads to a nail-biting climax. Sarah is a sympathetic central character, which makes the menacing atmosphere around her all the more scary. A book to send shivers down the spine. ~ Andrea Reece A Piece of Passion from Sarah Stewart, Usborne Publishing Despite this being only her second novel, to me, Emma Haughton is a master thriller writer. The tension in this book builds almost unbearably, layer upon layer, to an explosive action-packed climax, and the writing is exquisite – certain passages still give me shivers no matter how many times I read them! Culminating in an incredible atmospheric road-trip to Sweden, it echoes the best Scandi crime novels. But best of all, it has the ultimate bad-boy character in Jack. Whose side is he on? Will we ever know for sure? I couldn’t help falling for him either way!
A mesmerizing psychological thriller with the most compelling twist. Inspired by the true story of French conman Frédéric Bourdin, who was also the focus of the award-winning documentary The Imposter, it is the story of what happens when hope comes back to haunt you. When your desperation is used against you. When you search for the truth – but are too scared to accept the reality staring you in the face... Perfect for fans of Sophie McKenzie.