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Jo Spain - Author

About the Author

Jo Spain has worked as a party advisor on the economy in the Irish parliament. Her first novel, With Our Blessing, was one of seven books shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and her first psychological thriller. The Confession, was a number one bestseller in Ireland. Joanne lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children.

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Dirty Little Secrets

Dirty Little Secrets

Author: Jo Spain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

FROM THE CREATOR OF RTE ONE'S TAKEN DOWN Death stalked the Vale. In every corner, every whisper. They just didn't know it yet. Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead. In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people's lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege - the residents have it all. Life is good. There's just one problem. Olive Collins' dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they're shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight. The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive's neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death. The new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Confession, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty. See what everyone is saying about Jo Spain, the hottest new name in psychological thrillers: 'Enthralling' JP Delaney 'Chilling' Sunday Times 'Arresting' Sunday Express 'Brilliant' BA Paris 'Gripping' Best 'Compulsive' Sunday Mirror 'Addictive' Michelle Frances 'Refreshing' Express

Dirty Little Secrets

Dirty Little Secrets

Author: Jo Spain Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2019

FROM THE CREATOR OF RTE ONE'S TAKEN DOWN Death stalked the Vale. In every corner, every whisper. They just didn't know it yet. Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead. In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people's lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege - the residents have it all. Life is good. There's just one problem. Olive Collins' dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they're shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight. The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive's neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death. The new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Confession, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty. See what everyone is saying about Jo Spain, the hottest new name in psychological thrillers: 'Enthralling' JP Delaney 'Chilling' Sunday Times 'Arresting' Sunday Express 'Brilliant' BA Paris 'Gripping' Best 'Compulsive' Sunday Mirror 'Addictive' Michelle Frances 'Refreshing' Express

Beneath the Surface (An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery Book 2)

Beneath the Surface (An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery Book 2)

Author: Jo Spain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2018

THE TOP TEN BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED FOR THE RICHARD AND JUDY SEARCH FOR A BESTSELLER COMPETITION 'A writer to watch out for . . . exceeded all expectations' Amazon reviewer Did I know it would come to this? There is no shot at redemption. I am going to die. The gun is in my eye-line as the second bullet is fired. That's the one that kills me. Late at night, two powerful men meet in a secret location to discuss a long nurtured plan about to come to fruition. One is desperate to know there is nothing standing in their way - the other assures him everything is taken care of. Hours later, a high-ranking government official called Ryan Finnegan is brutally slain in the most secure building in Ireland - Leinster House, the seat of parliament. Inspector Tom Reynolds and his team are called in to uncover the truth behind the murder. At first, all the evidence hints at a politically motivated crime, until a surprise discovery takes the investigation in a dramatically different direction. Suddenly the motive for murder has got a lot more personal. . . but who benefits the most from Ryan's death?

The Darkest Place (An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery Book 4)

The Darkest Place (An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery Book 4)

Author: Jo Spain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

From the bestselling author of With Our Blessing and The Confession comes a gripping and chilling new mystery 'Horrifyingly dark . . . a deeply satisfying read' - Sunday Times Christmas day, and DCI Tom Reynolds receives an alarming call. A mass grave has been discovered on Oilean na Caillte, the island which housed the controversial psychiatric institution St. Christina's. The hospital has been closed for decades and onsite graves were tragically common. Reynolds thinks his adversarial boss is handing him a cold case to sideline him. But then it transpires another body has been discovered amongst the dead - one of the doctors who went missing from the hospital in mysterious circumstances forty years ago. He appears to have been brutally murdered. As events take a sudden turn, nothing can prepare Reynolds and his team for what they are about to discover once they arrive on the island . . . 'Deft plotting and expert handling of tension make for an intelligent mystery' - The Guardian

Confession

Confession

Author: Jo Spain Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2018

You find out who did it on the very first page. On the last page, you'll find out why in this expertly plotted, "e;enthralling"e; (J. P. Delaney) psychological suspense novel from an internationally bestselling author.Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. And when the man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry, a horror-struck Julie, frozen by fear, watches her husband die.Just one hour later, the attacker, J. P. Carney hands himself into the police and confesses to beating Harry to death. Except he also claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn't know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, who was just found innocent in a highly sensationalized fraud trial, the detectives cannot help but wonder: Was this really a random act of violence? Was Julie really powerless to stop JP? When Harry's many sins are unveiled to include corruption, greed, and betrayal, nothing is for sure.This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who-of Harry, Julie and JP-is really the guilty one? And is Carney's surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game? Brilliant and ice-pick sharp, The Confession is perfect for fans of B. A. Paris and Fiona Barton.

Confession

Confession

Author: Jo Spain Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2018

You find out who did it on the very first page. On the last page, you'll find out why in this expertly plotted, "e;enthralling"e; (J. P. Delaney) psychological suspense novel from an internationally bestselling author.Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. And when the man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry, a horror-struck Julie, frozen by fear, watches her husband die.Just one hour later, the attacker, J. P. Carney hands himself into the police and confesses to beating Harry to death. Except he also claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn't know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, who was just found innocent in a highly sensationalized fraud trial, the detectives cannot help but wonder: Was this really a random act of violence? Was Julie really powerless to stop JP? When Harry's many sins are unveiled to include corruption, greed, and betrayal, nothing is for sure.This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who-of Harry, Julie and JP-is really the guilty one? And is Carney's surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game? Brilliant and ice-pick sharp, The Confession is perfect for fans of B. A. Paris and Fiona Barton.

Sleeping Beauties (An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery Book 3)

Sleeping Beauties (An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery Book 3)

Author: Jo Spain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2018

'Five stars' Amazon reviewer 'What a read!' Amazon reviewer 'I was engrossed right from the start and read it in one long, very satisfied sitting' Amazon reviewer THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF WITH OUR BLESSING AND BENEATH THE SURFACE RETURNS WITH A BRAND NEW SERIAL-KILLER THRILLER. The inspector frowned and examined the earth under the trees. As he scanned the glade, his stomach lurched. One, two, three, four. Five, counting the mound of earth disturbed under the tent. Somebody had cleared the earth of its natural layer and sown their own flowers In five places Five graves A young woman, Fiona Holland, has gone missing from a small Irish village. A search is mounted, but there are whispers. Fiona had a wild reputation. Was she abducted, or has she run away? A week later, a gruesome discovery is made in the woods at Ireland's most scenic beauty spot - the valley of Glendalough. The bodies are all young women who disappeared in recent years. D.I. Tom Reynolds and his team are faced with the toughest case of their careers - a serial killer, who hunts vulnerable women, and holds his victims captive before he ends their lives. Soon the race is on to find Fiona Holland before it's too late. . . 'Deft plotting and expert handling of tension make for an intelligent mystery' Guardian

The Confession The addictive number one bestseller

The Confession The addictive number one bestseller

Author: Jo Spain Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/01/2018

SOMETIMES THE TRUTH IS NOT ALL IT SEEMS... SOMETIMES A CONFESSION IS JUST THE BEGINNING... NOW A NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER 'Brilliant' BA Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown 'Chilling' Sunday Times 'Enthralling' JP Delaney, author of The Girl Before 'Compulsive' Sunday Mirror 'Addictive' Michelle Frances, author of The Girlfriend ********** Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear. It looks like Harry's many sins - corruption, greed, betrayal - have finally caught up with him. An hour later the intruder, JP Carney, hands himself in, confessing to the assault. The police have a victim, a suspect in custody and an eye-witness account, but Julie remains troubled. Has Carney's surrender really been driven by a guilty conscience or is this confession the first calculated move in a deadly game? THE MOST GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER OF 2018: PERFECT FOR FANS OF THEN SHE WAS GONE AND THE GOOD DAUGHTER. ********** 'Brutal' Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle 'Gripping' Best 'Jaw-dropping' Chris Whitaker, author of Tall Oaks 'Vivid' Irish Times 'Fabulous' Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake 'A contender for the most arresting opening paragraph of the year' Sunday Express

The Confession The addictive number one bestseller

The Confession The addictive number one bestseller

Author: Jo Spain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

SOMETIMES PEOPLE ARE NOT ALL THEY SEEM... SOMETIMES THE TRUTH HIDES A SECRET... SOMETIMES A CONFESSION IS THE BEGINNING... NOT THE END NOW A NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER 'Brilliant' BA Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown 'Enthralling' JP Delaney, author of The Girl Before 'Addictive' Michelle Frances, author of The Girlfriend ********** Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear. It looks like Harry's many sins - corruption, greed, betrayal - have finally caught up with him. An hour later the intruder, JP Carney, hands himself in, confessing to the assault. The police have a victim, a suspect in custody and an eye-witness account, but Julie remains troubled. Has Carney's surrender really been driven by a guilty conscience or is this confession the first calculated move in a deadly game? THE MOST GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER OF 2018: PERFECT FOR FANS OF THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR AND THE GIRL BEFORE. ********** 'Compulsive' Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle 'Jaw-dropping' Chris Whitaker, author of Tall Oaks 'Fabulous' Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake

Sleeping Beauties (An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery Book 3)

Sleeping Beauties (An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery Book 3)

Author: Jo Spain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

'Five stars' Amazon reviewer 'What a read!' Amazon reviewer 'I was engrossed right from the start and read it in one long, very satisfied sitting' Amazon reviewer THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF WITH OUR BLESSING AND BENEATH THE SURFACE RETURNS WITH A BRAND NEW SERIAL-KILLER THRILLER. The inspector frowned and examined the earth under the trees. As he scanned the glade, his stomach lurched. One, two, three, four. Five, counting the mound of earth disturbed under the tent. Somebody had cleared the earth of its natural layer and sown their own flowers In five places Five graves A young woman, Fiona Holland, has gone missing from a small Irish village. A search is mounted, but there are whispers. Fiona had a wild reputation. Was she abducted, or has she run away? A week later, a gruesome discovery is made in the woods at Ireland's most scenic beauty spot - the valley of Glendalough. The bodies are all young women who disappeared in recent years. D.I. Tom Reynolds and his team are faced with the toughest case of their careers - a serial killer, who hunts vulnerable women, and holds his victims captive before he ends their lives. Soon the race is on to find Fiona Holland before it's too late. . . 'Deft plotting and expert handling of tension make for an intelligent mystery' Guardian

With Our Blessing

With Our Blessing

Author: Jo Spain Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/06/2017

1975: A baby is forcibly taken from its devastated mother. 2010: The body of an elderly woman is found in a Dublin public park. Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds is convinced the murder is linked to historical events that took place in the notorious Magdalene Laundries. Reynolds and his team follow the trail to an isolated convent in the Irish countryside where it becomes disturbingly clear that the killer is amongst them.

Beneath the Surface (An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery Book 2)

Beneath the Surface (An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery Book 2)

Author: Jo Spain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

THE TOP TEN BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED FOR THE RICHARD AND JUDY SEARCH FOR A BESTSELLER COMPETITION 'A writer to watch out for . . . exceeded all expectations' Amazon reviewer Did I know it would come to this? There is no shot at redemption. I am going to die. The gun is in my eye-line as the second bullet is fired. That's the one that kills me. Ryan Finnegan, a high-ranking government official, is brutally slain in Leinster House, the seat of the Irish parliament. Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds and his team are called in to uncover the truth behind the murder. As the suspects start to rack up, Tom must untangle a web of corruption, sordid secrets and sinister lies. At first, all the evidence hints at a politically motivated crime, until a surprise discovery takes the investigation in a dramatically different direction. Suddenly the motive for murder has got a lot more personal . . . but who benefits the most from Ryan's death?

With Our Blessing (An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery Book 1)

With Our Blessing (An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery Book 1)

Author: Jo Spain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

THE TOP TEN BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED FOR THE RICHARD AND JUDY SEARCH FOR A BESTSELLER COMPETITION 'After a dramatic and brutal opening, Jo Spain's amazing debut, With Our Blessing, settles into a very satisfying murder mystery steeped in recent Irish history' Amazon Reviewer It's true what they say . . . revenge is sweet. 1975 A baby, minutes old, is forcibly taken from its devastated mother. 2010 The body of an elderly woman is found in a Dublin public park in the depths of winter. Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds is on the case. He's convinced the murder is linked to historical events that took place in the notorious Magdalene Laundries. Reynolds and his team follow the trail to an isolated convent in the Irish countryside. But once inside, it becomes disturbingly clear that the killer is amongst them . . . and is determined to exact further vengeance for the sins of the past. Discover more DI Tom Reynolds with the next instalments of the acclaimed series, Beneath the Surface (book 2) and Sleeping Beauties (book 3).

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