Louise Hare is a London-based writer and has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London. Originally from Warrington, the capital is the inspiration for much of her work, including This Lovely City, which began life after a trip into the deep level shelter below Clapham Common.
Genres: Historical Mystery, Historical
Louise Hare recommends
Last Tang Standing (2020)
"Witty, vibrant and full of characters I'd love to go for drinks with. As a reader who loved Bridget Jones back in the day, I'd say that Andrea is the millennial Bridget."
Kololo Hill (2021)
"A moving portrayal of a family uprooted from a life they have worked so hard for. At times devastating, I found myself gripped to this story rooted in our history yet scarily still relevant."
The Metal Heart (2021)
"A beautiful, heart-breaking tale of grief, love and the bond between sisters."
"Tense beyond belief but impossible to put down. Dark, absorbing and brilliantly terrifying."
The Reading List (2021)
Sara Nisha Adams
"The Reading List absolutely captures the magic of reading and of libraries. I felt a part of Mukesh and Aleisha's book club, revisiting some of my favourite novels alongside these new friends."
The Hidden Child (2021)
"The thought-provoking and compelling tale of one family and the battle to survive their daughter's illness. A reminder that ordinary people can so often be responsible for some of the most shocking episodes in history."
Next of Kin (2021)
"Brilliantly tense, this is another clever page turner from Kia Abdullah. A nightmare scenario evolves into an engrossing human drama that I couldn’t put down. Just superb."
The Impossible Truths of Love (2021)
"A gripping mystery about one ordinary family and a devastating secret. This story is compassionate, beautifully written, and had me hooked from the start."
The Key in the Lock (2022)
"A Cornish landscape evocative of Daphne du Maurier . . . brilliantly plotted."
The Gifts (2022)
"I devoured The Gifts, eager to find out the fate of its wonderfully drawn characters. A wonderful, atmospheric book that immersed me in the dirty streets of nineteenth century London and swept me away to the hills of Shropshire. A real gem."
Edgware Road (2022)
Yasmin Cordery Khan
"A brilliant, intriguing novel about identity and family. The smells and sounds of 1980s London leap from the page and the characters feel so real that I can hardly believe they're not."
The Marsh House (2022)
"Immersed in the landscape of the North Norfolk coast, this is a clever, suspenseful novel that kept me intrigued. Part ghost story, part thriller, I loved it."
Theatre of Marvels (2022)
"A tale steeped in Victorian London, I fell in love with Zillah and her theatre world. I was gripped from the opening pages - highly recommended for anyone who loves mystery, drama and Victorian London."
That Green Eyed Girl (2022)
Julie Owen Moylan
"The mystery at the heart of this novel had me hooked from the start. I spent a weekend sitting in 1950s bars, listening to jazz with Gillian and Dovie, then skipping ahead twenty years to walk the same streets with Ava, remembering the awkwardness of being a teenager. Heartbreaking but with a satisfying ending, I will remember this book for a long time."
Wild Fires (2022)
"A moving and compelling novel that explores a family's grief through both their shared stories and the words that should have stayed unspoken."
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