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Sam Blake is a pseudonym for Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin, who is originally from St. Albans in Hertfordshire but has lived at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland for (almost) more years than she lived in the UK. She has been writing fiction since 1999 when her husband went sailing across the Atlantic for 8 weeks and she had an idea for a book.

Vanessa is also the founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and the Irish national writing resources website She is Ireland's leading literary scout who has assisted many award winning and bestselling authors to publication.

Genres: Mystery

Sam Blake recommends
The Ruin (2018)
(Cormac Reilly, book 1)
Dervla McTiernan
"Loved every page . . . Cormac Reilly is a brilliant new character, so real you can hear his footsteps on the stairs. Utterly gripping, brilliantly executed story."
When Your Eyes Close (2018)
Tanya Farrelly
"A superbly twisty tale."
The Poison Garden (2019)
Alex Marwood
"Absolutely chilling. Alex Marwood's characters are hauntingly real - evil is always just below the surface. Another brilliant, shockingly dark book from a master storyteller."
Life Sentences (2021)
Billy O'Callaghan
"One of the most beautiful books of the year."
56 Days (2021)
Catherine Ryan Howard
"A tense, edgy and compulsive read - 56 Days is brilliantly plotted, darkly humorous and utterly unexpected. This is Lockdown, but not as you know it."
The Shadow Child (2022)
Rachel Hancox
"Weaves a beautiful, tense and compelling tale of relationships, of secrets, loss and grief, but ultimately of the power of love. I couldn't put it down!"

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