Rachael Blok - Author

About the Author

Rachael Blok grew up in Durham and studied Literature at Warwick University. She taught English at a London Comprehensive and is now a full-time writer living in Hertfordshire with her husband and children. Visit rachaelblok.com

Featured books by Rachael Blok

Into the Fire

Into the Fire

Author: Rachael Blok Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/11/2021

Eleven guests. Three nights. One murderer... This is the haunting and atmospheric new thriller from rising star of crime fiction, Rachael Blok. In a gorgeous mansion in the Hertfordshire countryside, sisters Lois and Ebba prepare to launch their new venture. Archipelago is an exploitation-free tech company whose virtual reality game promises to unite the worlds of technology, politics and the environment. Invited to the launch party are their investors: current and ex-politicians, international business moguls and activists, one of whom - Marieke - has been receiving online abuse and death threats for her views on eco-politics. DCI Maarten Jansen has been summoned to join the house party. He is sure the threats are from online trolls with nothing better to do - he's only offering police protection because his boss wants to put the VIP guests at ease. But when eight of the guests are involved in a suspicious helicopter crash, Maarten starts to uncover long-buried secrets - and a murderer in their midst...

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The Fall

The Fall

Author: Rachael Blok Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/04/2022

The sins of the past echo in the present in the new literary thriller from rising star of crime fiction, Rachael Blok. The wind is cold this high up. The man shouts out, but nobody hears. The cathedral roof has caught his fall, but it will not hold him for long. The night is dark. And it is such a long way down... On Good Friday, the verger of St Albans cathedral was supposed to be preparing the Easter service. Instead he discovers a man lying dead, fallen from the famous fifty-foot-high spire. Did he jump, or was he pushed? For DCI Maarten Jansen, it's a simple case of suspected suicide. Until a stranger, Willow, who witnessed the jump, prompts a deeper investigation into a long-buried past, involving a mental hospital, a pregnant woman, and fifty years of silence. As Willow's own family history entwines with the case, Jansen starts to wonder how everything is connected. The Fall is a haunting literary thriller about loss, trauma, silence, and how our past shapes who we are. Praise for Rachael Blok: 'A blistering mystery; the dark secrets lurking in the short summer shadows kept me turning the pages long into the night' Erin Kelly 'Richly textured ... An engrossing and twisty procedural' Sunday Times Crime Club '[An] amusing update of Agatha Christie ... A wicked plot involving blackmail and murder' The Times 'Gripping, twisty and immensely satisfying' Daily Mail

Into The Fire

Into The Fire

Author: Rachael Blok Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/04/2021

Eleven guests. Three nights. One murderer...A haunting and atmospheric thriller from rising star of crime fiction Rachael Blok. In a crumbling old mansion in the English countryside, eleven people gather, each one famous in their field. They have been invited for a three-day house party, to celebrate the launch of a groundbreaking virtual reality game that promises to unite the worlds of technology, politics and the environment. DCI Marten Jansen has been summoned to join the house party. His instructions are to offer police protection in case of an outside attack. Instead, he finds simmering tensions, long-buried secrets - and a murderer in their midst... Rachael Blok's novels blend elements of police procedural and psychological thriller, and she has won critical acclaim for her lyrical prose, ratcheting tensions and atmosphere of foreboding. Praise for Rachael Blok: A blistering mystery. ERIN KELLY You will suspect everyone in this unbearably tense tale of betrayal and revenge. A.S. HATCH. Gripping and original. CLARE EMPSON. Assured and compelling ... The author is as deft about human relationships as she is about creating an increasingly foreboding atmosphere. ELLY GRIFFITHS.

The Scorched Earth

The Scorched Earth

Author: Rachael Blok Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

Nothing stays buried forever... 'A blistering mystery' Erin Kelly 'Supremely atmospheric' Daily Mail 'Gripping and original' Clare Empson Two years ago, Ben Fenton went camping for the night with his brother Leo. When Ben woke up, he was drenched in blood, and his brother had gone. Days later, Ben was facing a charge of murder. Ben's girlfriend, Ana Seabrook, has always maintained Ben's innocence. And now, on the hottest day of a sweltering heat wave, a body has been unearthed in Ana's village. A body that might be Leo's. DCI Jansen is sure that Ana has something to hide. Will her secrets stay buried forever? Or can Jansen bring them to light? Praise for Rachael Blok: 'A blistering mystery; the dark secrets lurking in the short summer shadows kept me turning the pages long into the night' Erin Kelly 'You will suspect everyone in this unbearably tense tale of betrayal and revenge' A.S. Hatch 'Poetic writing with an eerie suspense that builds with each page' Nikky Mackay 'Beautifully told, the stifling heat and tension crackle through every page' Victoria Selman 'This atmospheric tale of guilty secrets revealed during a scorching summer is twisty, evocative and suspenseful' Roz Watkins 'Assured and compelling ... The author is as deft about human relationships as she is about creating an increasingly foreboding atmosphere' Elly Griffiths

Under the Ice

Under the Ice

Author: Rachael Blok Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2019

'Twisty, atmospheric and haunting ... I devoured this thriller in one tense sitting' ERIN KELLY. It is the week before Christmas and the cathedral city of St Albans is blanketed by snow. But beneath the festive lights, darkness is stirring. The frozen body of a young girl is discovered by the ice-covered lake. The police scramble for clues. A local woman, Jenny, has had visions of what happened the night of the murder. But Jenny is an exhausted new mother, whose midnight wanderings pull her ever closer to the lake. Can Jenny be trusted? What does she really know? Then another girl goes missing, and the community unravels. Neighbour turns against neighbour, and Jenny has no idea who to believe. As Christmas Eve approaches, Jenny discovers a secret about her past - and why she could be key to everything... PRAISE FOR UNDER THE ICE: 'Twisty, atmospheric and haunting ... I devoured this thriller in one tense sitting' Erin Kelly. 'An outstanding debut, so atmospheric it made me literally shiver' Angela Clarke. 'A fantastically evocative book that twists you expertly up in the world of its vivid characters, making you feel the unfolding plot blow by blow' Gytha Lodge. 'Packed with atmosphere, suspense and a cold that chills the heart. Under the Ice announces Rachael Blok as an exciting new voice in crime fiction' Lesley Thomson. 'A lyrical, haunting thriller that's impossible to put down ... Under the Ice will get under your skin' J.S. Monroe.

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