Heidi Perks - Author

About the Author

Heidi Perks is a full-time writer and mum of two. Beneath the Surface is her debut novel and is inspired by the writing of Liane Moriarty and Rosamund Lupton, amongst others. She is a graduate of the Curtis Brown Creative Novel Writing course and studied marketing at Bournemouth University. She has since returned to the town to set up home by the sea with her husband and their two young children. Heidi's passion for the beach and the sea always makes its way into her writing, and her happiest times are spent on the sand and in the waves with her family.

 

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Featured books by Heidi Perks

The Whispers

The Whispers

Author: Heidi Perks Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2022

Grace's best friend Anna is missing. She would never leave her husband and son by choice and Grace is beside herself with worry. As Grace searches desperately for answers, everyone seems to have a different version of the truth. Why won't Anna's husband call the police? What secrets are the other mothers at the school gate hiding? With each day that passes, Anna's life is under increasing threat. The pressure is mounting and it won't be long before something cracks...

Now You See Her The compulsive thriller you need to read

Now You See Her The compulsive thriller you need to read

Author: Heidi Perks Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2019

Charlotte is looking after her best friend's daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second. Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching. Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again. Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface. Someone is hiding the truth. So what really happened to Alice? Unputdownable psychological suspense from an exciting new talent, perfect for fans of Shari Lapena's THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR and Claire Mackintosh's I LET YOU GO.

Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

Author: Heidi Perks Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/03/2016

May 2016 Debut of the Month. An emotional and tense tale of family drama and intrigue. When she was 17, Abigail’s two young half-sisters and her mother disappeared. 14 years later, while undergoing counselling, Abi makes some decisions to revisit and explore the past. Heidi Perks gets right under the skin of the relationships in this story, pulling, pushing and provoking  feelings. Abi writes heartfelt letters during the novel, as a means of expressing her innermost thoughts, and this cleverly adds a new layer of understanding. With little knotty puzzles, several surprises waiting to trip you up and emotional family connections, this is a penetrating and very readable debut novel. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... Beneath The Surface is a novel that stands out amongst its peers in the current thriller market. With turns at every corner, it’s unpredictable, original, and written with well-paced and griping prose. The sense of terror in the novel rises throughout and Heidi has a knack for getting inside the heads of her characters that I haven’t seen executed so well in a long time. This is very much a domestic thriller and Heidi faces the complex relationships between mothers, daughters and grandmothers with intricate detail, not shying away from taboos. In fact, Heidi tackles the serious issues of mental health problems, teenage pregnancy, and dark family secrets, unflinchingly. I’m really excited to see where Heidi’s career takes her. She’s a pleasure to work with and we’re so proud to have published her debut novel.' ~ Anna Burtt, Red Door Publishing

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Heidi Perks

The Whispers

The Whispers

Author: Heidi Perks Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2021

***THE GRIPPING NEW THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF NOW YOU SEE HER*** 'Reads like Liane Moriarty at her Big Little Lies best' TONY PARSONS 'I was knocked for six by the twist in this book' ROSAMUND LUPTON _______________________ A MISSING WIFE. FOUR FRIENDS. WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH? Anna Robinson hasn't been seen since she went on a night out with her four closest friends. She has a loving husband and a son she adores. Surely she wouldn't abandon them and her perfect life... But what has happened to her? At the school gates, it's not long before the rumours start. Anna's oldest friend Grace is beside herself with worry - desperately searching for answers, and certain that someone is hiding the truth. With each day that passes, Anna's life is under increasing threat. And a the pressure mounts, it won't be long before something cracks. . . _______________________ PRAISE FOR HEIDI PERKS: 'Slick, gripping and compelling. I couldn't put it down' LISA JEWELL 'The story of Anna and Grace's friendship and Anna's disappearance is compelling in its own right, but the real triumph emerges from Perks' skill as seeing some women for exactly who they are and what they are capable of.' DAILY MAIL 'Deliciously dark' CRIME MONTHLY 'Heidi Perks' new novel takes 'sinisterness at the school gates' to a scary new level. You'll be watching your step' JANE CORRY 'A very original, clever and gripping thriller about toxic female friendships with a killer twist. Highly recommended' CLAIRE DOUGLAS 'The Whispers is a twisty, gripping page-turner, which explores the toxic underside of female friendships. It is a heart-thumping thriller that kept me up late into the night' LUCY CLARKE 'A highly addictive and thrilling read' HEAT 'Simmering tensions and double crossings will have you racing to the dramatic finale' SUNDAY MIRROR 'Terrifically suspenseful and intriguing' LIZ NUGENT 'Absorbing and beautifully observed, I was knocked for six by the twist in this book' ROSAMUND LUPTON 'A gripping thriller' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'I really loved it. The Whispers is a big-hearted psychological thriller about the dark corners that lurk in even the closest of friendships. Heidi Perks reads like Liane Moriarty at her Big Little Lies best as she brilliantly mines the jealously, spite and rage that lurk behind the polite smiles at every school gates. Highly recommended' TONY PARSONS _________________________ Readers love Heidi's thrillers: 'This is a read not to be missed!!!' 'Family secrets, mystery and intrigue. This is the perfect book that won't disappoint' 'This is one of those books that you start to read and right from the outset it becomes completely addictive.' 'You find yourself unable to trust anyone!' 'A surprising plot and lots of twists with interesting characters. I loved the writing style and the setting of the story' 'Easily the best thriller I've read in a long time' 'Lots of twists and turns, guaranteed page-turner that keeps you guessing until the end' 'The ending took me by surprise' 'Couldn't put this one down - just one more chapter became something of a mantra!' 'I loved the book and the fact it kept me guessing till the end'

Three Perfect Liars

Three Perfect Liars

Author: Heidi Perks Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/12/2020

***THE UNPUTDOWNABLE THRILLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF NOW YOU SEE HER*** 'Slick, gripping and compelling. I couldn't put it down' LISA JEWELL ____________________________ THREE PERFECT WOMEN. THREE PERFECT LIVES. WHAT ARE THEY HIDING? When Laura returns from maternity leave to work in a marketing agency, something isn't right. Mia was only supposed to be temporary cover for Laura, but now she's staying permanently. Struggling with the burdens of work and motherhood, Laura starts to feel her life is slipping away. Then comes the fire - gutting the agency's offices - and the body pulled out of the wreckage. The police want to talk to three women. There's Janie, utterly devoted wife to the CEO. There's Mia, the agency's bright new talent. And there's Laura, a loyal employee of many years. Their lives might look perfect from the outside. But their secrets won't stay hidden forever... 'It Heidi Perks's understanding of different types of women, and the fact that office politics is so often just a brutal playground for acting out unresolved issues at home, that makes this a winner' DAILY MAIL ____________________________ Praise for Three Perfect Liars: 'Vivid ... well observed ... a winner' DAILY MAIL 'Simmering tensions and double crossings will have you racing to the dramatic finale' SUNDAY MIRROR 'This tense and tight thriller builds to an explosive conclusion' BEST 'Highly addictive and thrilling' HEAT ____________________________ Readers love Heidi's thrillers: 'This is a read not to be missed!!!' 'Family secrets, mystery and intrigue. This is the perfect book that won't disappoint' 'This is one of those books that you start to read and right from the outset it becomes completely addictive.' 'You find yourself unable to trust anyone!' 'A surprising plot and lots of twists with interesting characters. I loved the writing style and the setting of the story' 'Easily the best thriller I've read in a long time' 'Lots of twists and turns, guaranteed page-turner that keeps you guessing until the end' 'The ending took me by surprise' 'Couldn't put this one down - just one more chapter became something of a mantra!' 'I loved the book and the fact it kept me guessing till the end'

Come Back For Me

Come Back For Me

Author: Heidi Perks Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/01/2020

*** Pre-order THREE PERFECT LIARS now, the gripping new novel from Heidi Perks *** ____________________________ WILL YOU UNCOVER THE TRUTH? The breathtaking thriller from the author of the Richard and Judy bestseller NOW YOU SEE HER A DEADLY DISCOVERY. AN ISLAND WRAPPED IN SECRETS. A tiny community is stunned when long-buried body is found. For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body has been uncovered in the garden of her childhood home - the home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago. Desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated island. But the community she left isn't as welcoming as she remembers - and people will go to any length to protect their secrets. One thing rings true... You can't bury the truth forever. ____________________________ 'A highly addictive and thrilling read.' HEAT 'Subtly, elegantly told, and with enough twists to satisfy any detective fan, it is razor sharp and impossible to put down.' DAILY MAIL ____________________________ Fans love Heidi's latest five-star thriller: 'This is a read not to be missed!!!' 'Family secrets, mystery and intrigue. This is the perfect book that won't disappoint' 'A surprising plot and lots of twists with interesting characters. I loved the writing style and the setting of the story' 'Come Back For Me is easily the best thriller I've read in a long time' 'Lots of twists and turns, guaranteed page-turner that keeps you guessing until the end' 'Come Back For Me was a really engaging and addictive read, about family secrets, a tight-knit community and family ties' 'Fascinating family drama with more than a hint of psychological thriller' 'A fantastic thriller that grabbed me from the start' 'Full of twists and turns, this book will have you riveted to every surprise event' 'I literally finished this book in a few hours - I couldn't tell myself to put it down.' 'Perks has a real knack for throwing red herrings at the readers - I had a long list of suspects and theories, but she still managed to pull it out of the bag and surprise me' 'If you're looking for a thriller with plenty of mystery and intrigue, you've got the perfect book here' 'The twists and turns held me rapt throughout, and when it was all revealed it left me a bit gobsmacked. And very shocked!' 'This book had me gripped from the start, will be looking at more from this author.' 'What really sets Heidi Perks' stories apart is that the stories are thought provoking. The characters and situations will stay with you long after you have finished the last page.' 'The combination of a strong story, realistic characters and brilliant writing gives you one of the best books I've read in the last year' 'An absolute cracker of a read.' 'This is a must have for your holiday reading pile.' 'Another gem from Heidi Perks!' 'Keeps you reading late into the night!'

Now You See Her

Now You See Her

Author: Heidi Perks Format: Ebook Release Date: 26/07/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Now You See Her by Heidi Perks.She was your responsibility. And now she's missing.'A gripping tale of friendship and deceit, where nothing is what it seems' - Laura Marshall, bestselling author of FRIEND REQUEST____________________________Charlotte is looking after her best friend's daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.Someone is hiding the truth about what really happened to Alice.Unputdownable psychological suspense from an exciting new talent, perfect for fans of Shari Lapena's THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR and Claire Mackintosh's I LET YOU GO.

Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

Author: Heidi Perks Format: Ebook Release Date: 24/03/2016

I donEt know where you are...I donEt know what IEve done...Teenager Abigail Ryder is devastated when she gets home from school to find her family gone.Nothing makes sense. Things are missing from the house and her stepsistersE room is completely empty. But the police think sheEs trouble, and when grandmother Eleanor tells her to forget them all and move on, thereEs no choice other than face the future - alone.Fourteen years on, Abi and Adam are a happy couple on the verge of parenthood. But when the past comes back to haunt Abi, the only way forward is to go back and uncover the truth - and reveal the dreadful secrets a mother has been hiding all these years.