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Lucy Atkins

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Lucy Atkins is an award-winning British journalist and author. Her bestselling debut, The Missing One, is a psychological suspense novel about family secrets (Quercus, 2014). She has written for newspapers such as The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and magazines such as RedWoman and HomePsychologies and Grazia. She has written, co-written or ghost-written six health-related books so far, consults on advertising campaigns, and produces materials for non-profit organizations and film-makers. She is married with three children and lives in Oxford, UK

Genres: Mystery
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Lucy Atkins recommends
The Cliff House (2018)
Amanda Jennings
"Immensely atmospheric, with vividly drawn characters and a set-up fraught with tension."
The Day of the Accident (2018)
Nuala Ellwood
"A twisty psychological thriller. I raced through it in one sitting!"
After the End (2019)
Clare Mackintosh
"Clare Mackintosh takes us on a heart-rending, vivid journey through one of the toughest situations a parent could face - she's Britain's answer to Jodi Picoult."
Little Disasters (2019)
Sarah Vaughan
"Vaughan explores the darker impulses of motherhood - the fear, fury and despair; the frantic juggling, loss of control and exhaustion - and of course the overwhelming love. Refreshingly assured and punchy writing that is sure to hit a nerve."
Finders, Keepers (2020)
Sabine Durrant
"A fabulous, intelligent read from the hideously unsettling first chapter onwards - Durrant really is the queen of suspense."
How to Belong (2020)
Sarah Franklin
"This set up - the farrier and the butcher - is so unusual, and so engaging. I was VERY curious to see how this relationship between Jo and Tessa would unfold, and Sarah Franklin's skilful weaving of their backstories into the captivating present keeps up a constant, subtle tug of intrigue, as well as thematic poignancy. It's thoughtful, and fresh, and such a vibrant setting. The place feels completely alive - I can walk through it and practically smell those horses, that forest, the butcher's shop, the woodsmoke. And the wider community is also wonderfully colourful and alive. It's just a pleasure to read!"
Tall Bones (2021)
Anna Bailey
"A terrific debut about guilt, secrets and complex family dynamics... Anna Bailey is definitely one to watch."
A Narrow Door (2021)
(Malbry, book 4)
Joanne Harris
"A clever chess game of repressed fears, power struggles, secrets and lies."
The Impossible Truths of Love (2021)
Hannah Beckerman
"A heartfelt story of secrets, past trauma, sorrow, and love, The Impossible Truths of Love explores the true meaning of tangled family ties—impossibly tender."

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