Books

The Trophy Child

Paula Daly

'Kept me guessing right until the end. I devoured it.' Claire Douglas, author of LOCAL GIRL MISSING

'A terrific page turner' Guardian

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A doting mother or a pushy parent?

Karen Bloom expects perfection. Her son, Ewan, has been something of a disappointment and she won’t be making the same mistake again with her beloved, talented child, Bronte.

Bronte’s every waking hour will be spent at music lessons and dance classes, doing extra schoolwork and whatever it takes to excel.

But as Karen pushes Bronte to the brink, the rest of the family crumbles. Karen’s husband, Noel, is losing himself in work, and his teenage daughter from his first marriage, Verity, is becoming ever more volatile. The family is dangerously near breaking point.

Karen would know when to stop . . . wouldn’t she?

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'Another fantastic twisty-turny novel by one of my favourite authors. I am always enthralled by her books and this is her best yet' Jill Mansell

'The UK's answer to Liane Moriarty. Amazing' Claire McGowan

'Sheer perfection. The Trophy Child is gripping, darkly funny and bound to induce spasms of guilt in even the least pushy parent. I can’t remember the last time I was so enthralled. I want to stand on a mountain top and tell everyone to read this brilliant novel' Mark Edwards

The Mistake I Made

Paula Daly

If you slept with a stranger for money, who'd really end up paying?

'A page-turning thriller with heart' Renée Knight, author of Disclaimer

We all think we know who we are.

What we’re capable of.

Roz is a single mother, a physiotherapist, a sister, a friend. She’s also desperate.

Her business has gone under, she’s crippled by debt and she’s just had to explain to her son why someone’s taken all their furniture away.

But now a stranger has made her an offer. For one night with her, he’ll pay enough to bring her back from the edge.

Roz has a choice to make.

'A big-hearted, empathetic novel about ordinary lives and the tremors that can rock them' Guardian

Keep Your Friends Close

Paula Daly

'Fiendishly addictive' GUARDIAN

Your best friend isn’t who you think she is.

You’ve been friends since university, when you became the people you are today.

You don’t see each other enough but when you do it’s as if you’ve never been apart.

She’s one of the family. You would trust her with your life, your children, your husband.

And when your daughter is rushed to hospital, you’re grateful that she’s stepping in at home, looking after things.

But your best friend isn’t who you think she is. You’re about to find out just how wrong you were.

No Remorse (Short Story)

Paula Daly

A SHORT STORY FROM THE AUTHOR OF JUST WHAT KIND OF MOTHER ARE YOU?

What would you risk for the one you love?

Catherine has returned to the sleepy Lake District town of Windermere, after ten years away. Once successful and wealthy, she’s shunned by her old friends and desperate for work.

But there’s someone that’s keeping her here . . . and something that she’s got to do before she leaves for ever . . .

PRAISE FOR PAULA DALY’S BOOKS

‘Fiendishly addictive ' Guardian
‘She writes with a singular voice and a fierce passion that roars off the page’ Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
‘The very definition of a page-turner’ Elizabeth Haynes
‘Masterfully written and utterly unputdownable' Tess Gerritsen
‘Riveting!’ Lisa Gardner
‘Assured and nail-biting’ Cath Staincliffe
‘I didn't see the end coming until the moment it appeared’ Julia Crouch

Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

Paula Daly

Your friend's child is missing. It's your fault.

No family is perfect.

A husband, three children and a full-time job, so many plates to keep spinning.

No wonder you forgot you were supposed to be looking after your friend's daughter.

But no one has seen her since yesterday.

And she's not the first to go missing from your small town.

So who's hiding something?

Biography

Paula Daly lives in Cumbria with her husband, three children and whippet Skippy. Before becoming a writer she was a freelance physiotherapist.