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Erin Kelly

UK flag (b.1976)

Erin Kelly was born in London in 1976 and studied English at Warwick University. She has worked as a freelance journalist for ten years, specialising in women, health, sex and lifestyle.

Genres: Mystery, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Erin Kelly recommends
Crossbones Yard (2012)
(Alice Quentin, book 1)
Kate Rhodes
"Like Nicci French, Kate Rhodes excels at character, pace and sense of place."
The Lost (2013)
(Paula Maguire, book 1)
Claire McGowan
"Fresh and accessible without ever compromising on grit or suspense."
Show, Don't Tell (2013)
Susanna Quinn
"A born Storyteller."
Missing, Presumed (2016)
(DS Manon Bradshaw, book 1)
Susie Steiner
"Missing, Presumed hits the sweet spot between literary and crime fiction. The plot is thrilling, with a twist that knocked me sideways, swiftly followed by another one that knocked me back in the other direction. More than that, the characters became dear friends of mine over the course of the book. I’m already looking forward to the next one."
Her Husband's Lover (2017)
Julia Crouch
"Totally unputdownable - until I got to the twist that made me drop the book."
Tattletale (2017)
Sarah J Naughton
"Gripping, electrifying, heartbreaking."
Exquisite (2017)
Sarah Stovell
"A perfect literary thriller. A moving, gripping story told in beautiful prose. The twists keep coming until the very last page. I loved this book."
My Mother's Shadow (2017)
Nikola Scott
"A gripping family mystery told in lush, evocative prose."
Dark Chapter (2017)
Winnie M Li
"A must-read...Stunning."
Sweet Little Lies (2017)
(Cat Kinsella, book 1)
Caz Frear
"A blistering debut from a major new voice. I couldn't put it down. Authentic, compelling, unflinching and tender and written with real verve and assurance."
Friend Request (2017)
(Friend Request, book 1)
Laura Marshall
"A read-it-in-one-sitting thriller . . . Twisty and gripping but always relatable, FRIEND REQUEST is the ultimate it-could-happen-to-you read."
Give Me the Child (2017)
Mel McGrath
"Gripping and moving."
The Missing Girl (2017)
Jenny Quintana
"A gripping debut from a serious new talent."
The Daughter (2018)
Lucy Dawson
"Tense, twisty and all too close to home."
This is What Happened (2018)
Mick Herron
"A cat-and-mouse psychological thriller about the people who fall through London's cracks. Perfectly crafted, beautifully written, I started it in the morning and it was dark when I looked up."
Our Kind of Cruelty (2018)
Araminta Hall
"A tense intelligent thriller that kept me gripped and guessing until the last page - and thinking long after that."
The House Swap (2018)
Rebecca Fleet
"‘I read The House Swap in one breathless sitting. Dark, smart, sexy, gripping, totally brilliant."
The Almost Wife (2018)
Jade Beer
"I laughed like a bridesmaid on a hen night, I cried like the mother of the bride. A book to restore your faith in love."
Take Me In (2018)
Sabine Durrant
"I opened the book after breakfast and looked up again at three, wondering where the day had gone. Sabine Durrant is a master at turning the secret anxieties everyone holds into page-turning, nail-biting drama."
Give Me Your Hand (2018)
Megan Abbott
"SO. GOOD. A tense, pitch-perfect thriller about ambition and female friendship and a forensic examination of what it takes for women to rise through male-dominated spaces."
Suicide Club (2018)
Rachel Heng
"Life-affirming . . . 'Be careful what you wish for' has never been so chilling, or so gripping."
All the Hidden Truths (2018)
(DI Helen Birch, book 1)
Claire Askew
"Gripping, heartbreaking and horrifyingly plausible. I couldn't tear myself away from this book. Claire Askew is a stunning new voice in crime fiction."
The Binding (2018)
Bridget Collins
"Pure magic. The kind of immersive storytelling that makes you forget your own name. I wish I had written it."
The Last (2019)
Hanna Jameson
"A clever, original, scarily plausible white-knuckle read."
In At the Deep End (2019)
Kate Davies
"Every woman should own a copy of this book."
Daisy Jones & The Six (2019)
Taylor Jenkins Reid
"I spent a lost weekend in this book. Daisy Jones is an instant icon."
Don't Tell Teacher (2019)
Suzy K Quinn
"Suzy K Quinn is a born storyteller."
The Body Lies (2019)
Jo Baker
"Powerful and moving, I read The Body Lies in one sitting. As a thriller, it grips and shocks: as a portrayal of the way women move through the world, and the way men see them, it has never been more timely. Absolutely stunning."
The Most Difficult Thing (2019)
Charlotte Philby
"I devoured this beautifully written, intricately wrought and unique blend of spy thriller and domestic suspense: The Most Difficult Thing is The Night Manager set in a woman’s world. The twists keep coming, right down to that chilling last line."
Expectation (2019)
Anna Hope
"A generation-defining book, honest and relatable on motherhood, ambition and sex. Like Normal People with female friendship under the microscope."
How It Was (2019)
Janet Ellis
"Janet Ellis writes with tenderness and wisdom."
The Turn of the Key (2019)
Ruth Ware
"So clever and original . . . Pure suspense, from the first gripping page to the last shocking twist."
The Lying Room (2019)
Nicci French
"Confirms Nicci French as the giant of the genre, upon whose shoulders other writers stand."
The Castaways (2020)
Lucy Clarke
"Totally addicitive, clever and atmospheric. It's a are thriller."
Keeper (2020)
Jessica Moor
"Grips from the first page. Powerful, beautifully written and chillingly close to the bone, this is crime fiction with a conscience. Essential reading."
Our Little Cruelties (2020)
Liz Nugent
"The brilliant Liz Nugent has done it again ... Creepy, compelling and totally addictive."
She Came to Stay (2020)
Eleni Kyriacou
"She Came To Stay is a gripping story about friendship, family and the meaning of home. An atmospheric page-turner perfectly set in the smoke and glitter of a vanished world."
The Cutting Place (2020)
(Maeve Kerrigan, book 9)
Jane Casey
"A gripping, chillingly believable book."
The Heatwave (2020)
Kate Riordan
"Sultry, atmospheric and unsettling -- a book to lose yourself in this summer."
Monogamy (2020)
Sue Miller
"One to read first for the story and then to re-read at leisure and marvel at how real these people feel."
The Silence (2020)
Susan Allott
"A riveting mystery, beautifully unwound. The Silence excavates dark, decades-old secrets buried in human hearts, in families and in nations. I read it in one weekend."
The Split (2020)
Sharon Bolton
"Atmospheric and beautifully-written. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse at the edge of the world."
Heatstroke (2020)
Hazel Barkworth
"Raw, unsparing and almost unbearably tender."
The Big Chill (2020)
(Skelfs, book 2)
Doug Johnstone
"I was addicted from the first page; gripping, gritty and funny as hell."
Invisible Girl (2020)
Lisa Jewell
"Lisa Jewell is the kind of writer you read twice—once as a breathless reader to see how the story unfolds, and then again to see how she makes it look so easy."
The Chalet (2020)
Catherine Cooper
"I didn’t know who to trust in this twisting, turning thriller. Pure adrenaline, from the killer first page to the chilling last line."
The Searcher (2020)
Tana French
"This mystery about family, memory and the cracks in both will haunt you for a long, long time."
White Ivy (2020)
Susie Yang
"Class, race and coming-of-age lock horns in this original, funny, clever novel. Totally addictive, twisting and twisted: Ivy Lin will get under your skin."
Exit (2021)
Belinda Bauer
"Exit is ingeniously plotted and every word is perfect. It’s a rare book that has you turning the pages impatiently, desperate to solve the mystery, all the while never wanting it to end because it’s such a joy to read. Felix Pink is the most loveable killer in recent fiction, and only Belinda Bauer could have created him."
Hidden Lies (2021)
Rachel Ryan
"A clever spin on the every mother's nightmare scenario that probes the secrets at the heart of a family, and of a country. Gripping and hugely readable, Hidden Lies heralds a bright new voice in psychological thrillers."
The Last Thing to Burn (2021)
Will Dean
"Heart-stoppingly suspenseful, a masterclass in tension."
Shiver (2021)
Allie Reynolds
"A white-knuckle-ride through a dangerous world full of deadly ambition."
The Family Friend (2021)
C C MacDonald
"Kept me gripped and kept me guessing."
The House Guest (2021)
Charlotte Northedge
"A deliciously dark and totally twisted look at the lengths some people will go to project a perfect life. The tension starts with the first line and doesn’t let up until the jaw-dropping last page."
Fragile (2021)
Sarah Hilary
"Perfectly plotted, beautifully written modern gothic. Timeless, tense and tender, Fragile will worm its way deep into your heart, just as the characters insinuate themselves into each others’ lives. I absolutely loved it."
The Hollows (2021)
Mark Edwards
"An atmospheric thriller that plays on our primal human fear of dark woods. Edwards cranks up the tension with every page until the heart-stopping climax."
That Night (2021)
Gillian McAllister
"Another unputdownable what-would-you-do thriller, rich with McAllister's trademark twists and emotional depth."
56 Days (2021)
Catherine Ryan Howard
"I was surgically attached to this twisting lockdown thriller. Clever, tender and all too convincing, it's the kind of book you read in one breathless sitting to get to the truth, and then again, slowly, to see how the author did it."
The Heights (2021)
Louise Candlish
"Impossible to resist, impossible to predict, impossible to put down… this is an author at the top of her game."
Never Saw Me Coming (2021)
Vera Kurian
"Welcome to your new problematic fave. I fell in love with self-confessed psychopath Chloe on page one, and even as she plotted murder, found myself cheering her on. Perfect for fans of Caroline Kepnes and CJ Skuse."
Reputation (2022)
Sarah Vaughan
"Once again, Sarah Vaughan has distilled the zeitgeist into a pulse-racing thriller. Gripping all the way."
The Best Friend (2022)
Jessica Fellowes
"An absolute jewel of a book which puts seven decades of complicated female friendship under the microscope - and reveals dark truths. It's a masterclass in things unsaid, in both form and content."
The Last Party (2022)
(DC Morgan, book 1)
Clare Mackintosh
"I absolutely inhaled this insanely gripping and atmospheric thriller. DC Ffion Morgan and her English counterpart Leo Brady are up there with the greats."
Ghost Girl, Banana (2023)
Wiz Wharton
"An absolute wrecking ball of a novel. Ghost Girl, Banana is an enchanting, suspenseful journey through family, distance, money and betrayal. I loved it so much."
A Killer in the Family (2023)
(DCI Jonah Sheens, book 5)
Gytha Lodge
"Gytha Lodge is a consummate storyteller."

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