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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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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.
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