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About A J Waines
AJ WAINES is a Number One International Bestselling Author with over HALF-A-MILLION copies sold worldwide. She writes Psychological Thrillers, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and has ranked as a Kindle (KDP) TOP 10 'MOST-READ AUTHOR' in UK. She is inspired by Nicci French, Lucy Clarke and Ruth Ware and has publishing deals in UK, France, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Czech Republic and Canada (audiobooks).
Formerly a Psychotherapist for fifteen years, she is also the author of the self-help book, The Self-Esteem Journal: How to use a Journal to build Self-Esteem, (writing as Alison Waines). As a fiction author, she writes chilling suspense novels and is fascinated by secrets and lies, devious motives and anything hidden under floorboards!
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All books are standalones and can be read in any order. Inside the Whispers (Bk 1), Lost in the Lake (Bk 2), Perfect Bones (Bk 3) and Cut you Dead (Bk 4) also form part of a series, featuring Clinical Psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby.
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When a car crash sends a group of musicians plunging into a lake, the sole survivor is amateur viola player Rosie Chandler. Though she is unable to recall the event, Rosie is convinced it was no accident. Now she’s seeing Dr. Samantha Willerby, a London-based clinical psychologist, to piece together the shards of her broken memory. But even as Rosie tries to uncover the truth, she has something to hide . . .
Sam is immediately drawn to the tragic Rosie. But as she helps her recover her memories, the police find disturbing evidence—evidence that raises new questions about Rosie. And when Rosie insists they return to the lake to relive the fatal incident, it will be Sam who is seriously out of her depth . . . .
Headstrong Journalist, Anna Rothman, knows what suicide looks like - her own husband killed himself five years earlier. When Elly Swift, an agitated passenger beside her on a train, leaves a locket in Anna’s bag before jumping onto the tracks, Anna starts asking awkward questions. But everything points to suicide and the police close the case.
Anna, however, believes Elly’s fears for Toby, her young nephew, missing since being snatched from St Stephen’s church six months ago, fail to explain the true reason behind Elly’s distress. Through a series of hidden messages Elly left behind, Anna embarks on a dangerous crusade to track down Toby and find Elly’s killer.
But nothing is as it seems and Anna opens a can of worms that throws into question even her own husband’s suicide - before the threads of the mystery converge in an astonishing conclusion.
For fans of The Girl on The Train, Angela Marsons and Ruth Ware.
[Originally published 2013]
When barmaid Rachel discovers her soon-to-be-married daughter, Beth, pinned down by a stranger in the pub cellar, Rachel lashes out in panic and the intruder ends up dead. In desperation, Rachel convinces Beth they should cover up the crime and go ahead with the planned wedding in one month’s time.
Rachel, however, has her own reasons for not involving the police.
Hiding their dreadful secret is harder than they both imagined, and as the big day approaches and the lies multiply, Beth becomes a liability. Rachel looks on in dismay at a pre-wedding celebration as Beth, after too many drinks, declares she’s about to make an announcement. But before Beth can say a word, she disappears...
“A page-turner from start to finish.”—Sue Featherstone, Book Lovers' Booklist
She was your best friend. Now she’s your deadliest enemy – and there’s nowhere to run…
When Alice receives an invitation from Karen, her charismatic University friend, to stay in a remote cottage in Scotland, she can’t wait to rekindle their lost friendship. But two more former students arrive – never friends of Alice’s – and as the atmosphere chills, Karen isn’t the warm-hearted soulmate Alice remembers. Barely is the reunion underway before someone is dead and the fragile gathering is pushed to breaking point.
As the snow cuts them off from civilisation and accusations fly, Alice finds herself a pawn, sinking deeper into a deadly game she can’t escape.
NO LONGER SAFE is a chilling Psychological Thriller that delivers a delicious sting in the tail. It will appeal to fans of authors like Ruth Ware, C.L. Taylor and Nicci French.
Praise for No Longer Safe:
‘It was breathtakingly good and one of the best thrillers I think I have ever read.’ Bookaholic Confessions book reviews
‘I have only read a few books which left me absolutely gob-smacked at the end….this being one of them…You HAVE to read this book!’ Crime Book Junkie book reviews
'Of all the twisted endings I've read this has to be the best one yet' The Haphazardous Hippo book reviews
‘So addictive, I read it cover to cover in just one day…wrecked friendships, betrayal, chilling atmosphere – this book has it all!’ This Chick Reads book reviews
In London, a young woman falls to her death from a balcony while trying to take a daredevil selfie. Or that’s how it appears at first. Psychologist Samantha Willerby isn’t so sure. Called in by the Metropolitan Police to examine a series of cold cases, Sam uncovers a chilling link between this victim and two others: they each had their hair hacked off exactly seven days before they died.
Then Sam discovers another shocking connection—to herself. When she recognizes one of the victims, she’s determined to crack the case no matter how many rules she breaks. But when her own hair is slashed, one thing becomes fatally certain: Sam has only seven days to catch a calculating serial killer before she becomes the next victim.
Impulsive and intrepid psychotherapist, Juliet Grey, can’t resist responding to an anonymous text message telling her to go to Hammersmith Bridge at dawn. But it isn’t simply the dead body in the water that disturbs her, it’s the way something uniquely personal to Juliet has been left on the corpse.
Another obscure message - another London bridge - and Juliet finds herself caught up with a serial killer, who leaves personal mementos instead of collecting trophies.
Teaming up with local detective, DCI Brad Madison, Juliet strives to find out why she has been targeted and how it’s connected to the accident that killed her brother, nineteen years ago.
Can Juliet use her knowledge of the human psyche to get inside the mind of the killer, before another body is found under a bridge? And how long before Juliet herself becomes the next target?
THE EVIL BENEATH will appeal to fans of authors such as Ruth Ware, Nicci French and Mark Billingham.
Inside The Whispers
Dr Samantha Willerby, a specialist in Post Traumatic Stress, has never seen anything like this before. Following a fire on the London Underground, three survivors seek her help, but although unmistakably traumatised, their stories don’t match the facts. Are they ‘faking it’? Sam’s confusion turns to horror when one by one, instead of recovering, they are driven to suicide. When her lover, Conrad, begins to suffer the same terrifying flashbacks, Sam is desperate to find out what’s causing them. As a mysterious and chilling conspiracy begins to unravel, the nightmares begin for Sam . . .
Lost in the Lake
Amateur viola player Rosie Chandler is the sole survivor of a crash that sends a group of musicians plunging into a lake. Convinced the accident was deliberate, but unable to recall what happened, she is determined to recover her lost memories and seeks out clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby. But Rosie is hiding something . . .
Sam is immediately drawn to the tragic Rosie and as she helps her piece the fragments together, the police find disturbing new evidence which raises further questions. Why is Rosie so desperate to recover her worthless viola? When Rosie insists they return to the lake to relive the fatal incident, the truth about Rosie finally emerges. Now Sam is the one seriously out of her depth . . .
When art student, Aiden Blake, witnesses a gruesome attack on a London towpath, the police need him to identify the assailant without delay. But there’s a problem: refusing to leave his canal boat and traumatised by the shock, Aiden is rendered mute by the horror of the event and can’t speak to anyone. In a desperate bid to gain vital information before Aiden’s memories fade, The Met call in Clinical Psychologist and trauma expert, Dr Samantha Willerby, giving her only seven days to get a result.
When Aiden finally starts to communicate through his art, however, the images he produces are not what anyone expects, and before Sam can make sense of them, another murder takes place. With her professional skills stretched to the limit and the clock ticking, Sam strives to track down a killer who is as clever as she is—someone who always manages to stay one step ahead.
When art student Aiden Blake witnesses a gruesome attack on a London towpath, the police need him to identify the assailant without delay. But Aiden is refusing to leave his canal boat—and the shock of what he saw has rendered him mute.
Desperate to gain vital information before Aiden’s memories fade, The Metropolitan Police call in trauma expert Dr. Samantha Willerby. Though Sam gets Aiden to communicate through his art, the images he produces are not what anyone expects. And before Sam can make sense of them, the killer strikes again. With the clock ticking, Sam races to track down a brilliant psychopath who seems to know her every move . . .
Daniel is living the dream with his devoted wife Sophie, perfect job, and adorable toddler. Until out of the blue, Sophie accuses him of having an affair. The accusation escalates into a frenzied attack that leaves Daniel stabbed with a kitchen knife. Now Sophie is committed to a psychiatric ward—where she will remain until her trial for attempted murder.
Meanwhile, Daniel returns home to discover the nightmare is just beginning. Someone is prowling around his house. Someone sending threatening postcards. And who is his son talking to in the dead of night? As Daniel attempts to put his life back together, a mysterious enemy is unravelling it, bit by bit . . .
One of England’s top specialists in post-traumatic stress, Dr Samantha Willerby has never seen anything like this before. After a fire on the London Underground, three survivors seek her help. All three are clearly traumatized—but their stories don’t match the facts. Are they ‘faking it’?
Sam’s confusion turns to horror when, one by one, each of them is driven to suicide. Then the mystery strikes close to home when her partner, Conrad, begins to suffer the same terrifying flashbacks. As Sam works to uncover the cause, she finds herself unraveling a mysterious and chilling conspiracy . . .
About to break the news to his wife, Diane, that he’s infertile, criminology expert, Harper Penn, gets a call to say she’s been rushed to hospital with a miscarriage. Five days later, when Diane fails to return from the village shop, police think she must have taken off with a secret lover, but Harper is convinced the online messages are not from her.
In the same Hampshire village, plucky seven-year-old Clara has retreated into a make-believe world after an accident. Then she, too, goes missing.
As Harper sets out on a desperate quest to find them both, he has no idea what he’s up against. Could the threat be closer than he thinks? And is there a hidden message in Clara’s fairy tales?
DARK PLACE TO HIDE is a chilling psychological mystery with a cold-blooded abductor lurking at the core. It will appeal to fans of authors such as Belinda Bauer, Ruth Ware and Nicci French.
Praise for AJ Waines' books:
'...AJ Waines has become a firm favourite author for me in terms of psych-thrillers that mess with my head. It doesn’t matter how much I think I know – she always knocks me for six!’ Crime Book Junkie book reviews
'Absolutely brilliantly written. I loved the interweaving timeline, intricate character relationships, and the pace at which Dark Place to Hide revealed itself.' Goodreads reviewer
'Her tightly plotted psychological thrillers remind me of the novels of Peter James.' Daniel Clay, (author of Broken, an Amazon Top 10 debut novel, 2008)
'Wow! I have never read any novels by this author, but that is now going to change! Dark Place to Hide is a very clever and thought provoking story that pulls at you from all angles.' Goodreads reviewer
Au milieu de la nuit, la psychologue Juliet Grey reçoit un étrange sms qui l'invite à se rendre au pont de Hammersmith. Sur place, un cadavre de femme est en train d'être repêché, vêtue d'habits que Juliet ne connaît que trop bien : les siens...
Bientôt un nouveau message, la dirigeant vers un autre pont et... un nouveau cadavre, avec un autre objet lui appartenant.
À quel jeu joue le tueur ? Quel lien existe-t-il entre elle et lui ? Est-il l'un de ses patients ? Est-elle en danger ?
Forcée de mener l'enquête aux côtés du jeune inspecteur Brad Madison, Juliet se retrouve prise dans les filets d'une terrible vengeance qui va faire resurgir les fantômes du passé.
Secrets de famille, drames adolescents, folies assassines, un suspense psychologique impossible à lâcher qui nous entraîne au cœur d'une spirale meurtrière envoûtante.