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Lesley Kara

Lesley Kara is an alumna of the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She completed an English degree and PGCE at Greenwich University, having previously worked as a nurse and a secretary, and then became a lecturer and manager in Further Education. She lives on the North Essex coast.

Genres: Mystery
Lesley Kara recommends
When Darkness Calls (2018)
(Holly Wakefield, book 1)
Mark Griffin
"Meticulously plotted and devious in its execution, Mark Griffin's debut novel is utterly compelling. I can't wait to read the rest of the Holly Wakefield series."
The Perfect Betrayal (2019)
Lauren North
"A heart-rending evocation of grief that packs a devious punch. It left me reeling."
What's Left of Me Is Yours (2019)
Stephanie Scott
"This novel is a masterpiece. In What’s Left Of Me Is Yours, Scott has delivered a breathtakingly original and haunting concept in the most exquisite prose. I never wanted it to end."
The Memory Wood (2020)
Sam Lloyd
"Remarkable. Stunning prose and compulsive reading. It's undoubtedly the best thriller I've read in a long, long time."
All in Her Head (2020)
Nikki Smith
"A very clever and emotionally charged debut."
Seven Lies (2020)
Elizabeth Kay
"You NEED to read this one. So very unsettling!"
Wall of Silence (2020)
(Forest Grove Suspense)
Tracy Buchanan
"Secrets and lies abound in this complex and chilling mystery. I was totally shocked by the ending!"
Dear Child (2020)
Romy Hausmann
"Wow! Such a disturbingly good read. Romy's knack of getting under a character's skin is impressive. I loved it."
To Tell You the Truth (2020)
Gilly MacMillan
"Another fabulous read by Gilly Macmillan... You’re in for the twistiest of rides!"
Can You See Me Now? (2021)
Trisha Sakhlecha
"A spellbinding and stunningly original portrait of friendship, secrets and family."
Everything Is Beautiful (2021)
Eleanor Ray
"A tonic for the soul."
Greenwich Park (2021)
Katherine Faulkner
"Deliciously dark and deftly plotted. Faulkner mines the seam of guilt beneath her characters' 'perfect' lives with devastating precision."
Would I Lie to You? (2021)
Aliya Ali-Afzal
"This book has it all: tension, humour, and a page-turning plot. The resourceful and endearing heroine, Faiza, will steal your heart. Aliya Ali-Afzal’s stunning debut should be top of your reading pile this year!"
Vine Street (2021)
Dominic Nolan
"An enthralling tale that takes you into the seamy heart of Soho's past. Written in Nolan's visceral, muscular prose, it is a joy to read."
Find Her First (2022)
Emma Christie
"A fresh and original thriller. Emma Christie is a great new talent."
The Beaten Track (2022)
Louise Mangos
"A chilling tale that held me in its spell from start to finish!"
Do No Harm (2022)
Jack Jordan
"Brilliant. Relentlessly tense. This thriller gave me palpitations."
Local Gone Missing (2022)
Fiona Barton
"Tense and full of reveals and twists. This compulsively dark mystery is a joy to read. Fiona Barton never disappoints!"
The Ugly Truth (2023)
L C North
"A whip-smart and ingenious thriller that homes in on our toxic addiction to celebrity."

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