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Tammy Cohen (who previously wrote under her formal name Tamar Cohen) has a growing backlist of acclaimed novels of domestic noir including:The Mistress's Revenge, The War of the Wives, and Someone Else's Wedding. Her break-out psychological suspense thriller was The Broken, followed by Dying for Christmas, First One Missing and When She Was Bad.
She lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one badly behaved dog.
Author photo © Johnny Ring
This smart, sharp psychological page-turner will keep crime and thriller fans gripped for ‘just’ one more chapter until the early hours. It’s a riveting, read-in-one-sitting rollercoaster fuelled by engrossing emotional suspense. Hannah is in a high-suicide-risk psychiatric clinic, so when the death of a fellow patient is put down to her having cut her own wrists “with a shard of caramelized sugar” shortly after the suicide of another patient, no one suspects that foul play is afoot. No one except Hannah, that is. “It’s not true”, she asserts, feeling just as frightened of being right as she is of being wrong. If she’s right, maybe she’ll be the next to fall, while being wrong might mean she’s “as crazy as they all think I am”. When more patients die, it seems that everyone’s at risk, and everyone’s a suspect. But who will believe her? The tension mounts to intense extremes as the story snakes in entirely unexpected directions. The twist in this tale is sublimely clever, the characters are consummately well-formed, and this is a masterwork of the genre. ~ Joanne Owen July 2017 Book of the Month.
A happy relaxed team in a recruitment office have a rude awakening when a new head of department is employed to improved their profitability. She certainly shakes them up, setting one against another, playing ruthless games and manipulating them mercilessly. She is a tyrant of the first order. In alternating chapters we get an American psychiatrist’s involvement with a dreadful case of child abuse and are left wondering how this all ties in and who in the tangled office might be that child grown up. Hypnotic, at times harrowing and frightening this is a compulsive read. Office life is beautifully portrayed and the dysfunctional family’s case drip fed to us in mounting horror. It is very good. A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher 'This is Tammy Cohen’s fourth novel of psychological suspense and it is absolutely her best. If you think your workplace politics are bad, just step into the toxic atmosphere of previously friendly colleagues who are appointed a new boss, Rachel, who is setting them up to hate each other. It is narrated by the different people in the work place (a recruitment office). Their stories alternate with one voice from the past, Anne - a psychiatrist who is advising on a horrific case of child abuse. Anne is convinced this abused child, now in the hands of carers, may one day kill, but the male psychiatrist working on the case believes the child is safe for rehabilitation into the community. It is his advice that is followed. In the present day workplace, we the reader must guess which of the workmates is the young child, now grown up and in custody for murder of Rachel the nasty boss.This edge-of-your-seat chiller is filled with people we feel we might know. It’s a recommended read for all those GIRL ON THE TRAIN fans.' ~ Jane Lawson, Editorial Director, Doubleday Transworld Publishers
I am missing. Held captive by a blue-eyed stranger. To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives me a gift every day, each more horrible than the last. The twelfth day is getting closer. After that, there'll be no more Christmas cheer for me. No mince pies, no carols. No way out...But I have a secret. No-one has guessed it. Will you?
You fall in love, you get married, and you build a lifetime's worth of dreams around each other. Then suddenly, it's gone - the past tainted, the present a living nightmare, the future wiped out. Divorce is the blade that cuts the still-beating heart out of a marriage. What's left is a gaping wound that festers and can all too quickly become infected. Where once was love, now comes hate, where once was purity, now comes corruption. Dreams of happy ever after are replaced by visions of revenge. The collapse of a marriage creates a monster that feeds on the basest of our emotions - greed, jealousy, hatred, bitterness. The people in this book weren't born evil, but in the heat of a relationship break-up, all restrain melted and violent passions spiralled out of control. What makes a model father murder his estranged wife, then go on TV pleading for her to come home? How does a devoted wife and mum walk into a beauty salon and shoot her ex-husband's pregnant lover in cold blood? No one ever knows what really goes on behind the closed doors of a marriage in freefall. But, as these shocking, real life tragedies reveal, there are some people who take the words 'til death us do part' all too literally - with devastating results.
This year approximately 200,000 people between 18 and 25 will head off for what they hope will be the adventure of a lifetime. For anxious parents, left at home nursing an empty nest (and even emptier wallet), a gap year can appear more like a nightmare than a dream. No wonder some enroll their sons and daughters on safety courses run by the likes of the SAS! But for every horror story of illness, theft or assault, there are hundreds more tales of enriching experiences, breathtaking adventure, character-forming challenges, exotic encounters and, for some, even romance. This informative and inspirational guide charts the highs and lows of independent travel and will help everyone make the most of a year out - parents and gappers alike. Besides stories of bungee-jumping and swimming with sharks, teaching children English in Africa, tending baby jaguars in Bolivia and studying film in New York, author and journalist Tammy Cohen has selected some remarkable accounts of gappers who've helped save communities, single-handedly rebuilt the hospital which cured their malaria and transformed the lives of their own parents by introducing them to the third-world village which has more or less adopted them. Then there are the travellers who've survived kidnapping, pirate attacks and acts of God to return with a fresh outlook on life. With incredible stories of love, marriage and incredible friendships formed under the most challenging of circumstances, Gap Year Adventures is the gripping, no-holds-barred book that tells it like it is - don't leave home without it!
What happens to us when we die? Where do people go? What do they see? What messages do they receive? Why are they allowed to come back? The Day I Died brings together ten profoundly moving testimonies from people who have passed through the limits of human endurance and beyond. Around the world, ordinary people go about their daily lives convinced they've had a glimpse into the afterlife. Their eye-witness accounts often share uncanny similarities, and this book does justice to this beguiling subject by analysing dramatic narratives and shedding light on a phenomenon at the crossroads of the medical and the mystical. Tammy Cohen presents ten intriguing real-life accounts, including a man who 'died' on the operating table and awoke with increased psychic abilities, a victim of domestic abuse who had a life-changing unusual out-of-body experience, plus stories from people who had 'drowned' and 'died' of heart attacks. Powerful, challenging and endlessly fascinating, The Day I Died celebrates both pleasurable and distressing near-death experiences - when death came calling, but left empty-handed.