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Hidden Lies

(The Woman Outside My Door)
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“Expect a few chills to run down your spine as you work your way through this sharp debut” (CrimeReads) about a young mother who can’t shake the feeling that her son’s imaginary friend is putting him in very real danger—perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell and Mary Kubica.

All children have imaginary friends, Georgina tells herself. It’s perfectly normal, and they all grow out of it in the end. But when her seven-year-old son, Cody, tells her about New Granny, the friend he’s met in the park, Georgina is instantly suspicious. Something—call it maternal instinct—tells her he isn’t making it up.

Still, maybe Georgina
is losing her mind. It wouldn’t be the first time, after all. And with her own mother’s recent death leaving her feeling bereft and overwhelmed as a busy working mom, it’s no wonder she’s feeling paranoid that Cody has invented a “New Granny” to replace his beloved grandmother. Her husband assures Georgina that it’s just a game, the product of their son’s overactive imagination.

But what if Cody’s imaginary friend isn’t so imaginary after all?

“Packed with jaw-dropping moments,
The Woman Outside My Door is a twisty thriller with hidden depths” (Robyn Harding, internationally bestselling author of The Party) that will keep you guessing until the shocking last page.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A fast-paced, gripping thriller... As the heart-pounding tension unfolds page after page, Rachel Ryan expertly unravels the mystery, leaving readers guessing until the satisfying, surprising ending. Emotional, captivating, and suspenseful, this is a fantastic debut by an author to watch." - Samantha M Bailey

"A stunning debut. Gripping and unpredictable, my heart is still pounding!" - Sam Blake

"A tension-filled, emotional page-turner. A cracking Irish crime fiction debut." - Andrea Carter

"You never know when the secrets of your past will rise up and find you again. Rachel Ryan shines in this creepy and chilling debut . . . You will fly through the pages of this tense and fast-paced story, and the giant twist at the end will leave your heart pounding." - Julie Clark

"A high-speed, heart-stopping ride that keeps you guessing until the last page. Hidden Lies is an intriguing story of motherhood, and what mothers will do when pushed to their limits. It's a nuanced look at a dark history, and how the secrets of the past refuse to be buried. A compelling examination of how we treat mothers told through a gripping thriller." - Edel Coffey

"I couldn't put it down. A suspenseful read, full of chills and twists. It kept me turning the pages with the clever plotting." - Patricia Gibney

"Packed with jaw-dropping moments, Hidden Lies is a twisty thriller with hidden depths. I gobbled it up." - Robyn Harding

"An eerie and unsettling thriller that twists relentlessly in surprising directions. A gripping debut." - Catherine Ryan Howard

"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." - Erin Kelly

"A tense, unsettling thriller about the kind of toxic secret that can blow a family apart. Hidden Lies is a very impressive debut." - T M Logan

"A gripping tale that wraps its tentacles around you and draws you in." - Siobhán MacDonald

"I didn't put it down until I had turned the final page. A rollercoaster of a read, the pace is relentless, resulting in a denouement that will take your breath away. Bravo, Rachel Ryan!" - Liz Nugent

"An incredible debut; pacy, clever and tense." - Jo Spain

"A dark, emotionally compelling psychological thriller which plays to every woman's fears. Heartbreak and betrayal are delivered at a breakneck speed. A terrific debut novel." - Mary Torjussen

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