Nikki Smith studied English Literature at Birmingham University before pursuing a career in finance, working in a variety of different companies including an investment bank and a trampoline park. She always had a passion for writing and in 2017 she had a 'now or never' moment and applied for a Curtis Brown Creative 3 month writing course which she absolutely loved. Later that year she had a short story published in the Writer's Forum Magazine, and submitted the opening chapters of her novel to a competition where she won the opportunity to be mentored by the author Amanda Reynolds. She lives near Guildford with her husband, two daughters and a very friendly Burmese cat called Saffi.
Nikki Smith recommends
The Silence (2020)
"A suspense-filled story set in Australia, highlighting the effects of an official policy that has haunted generations. Allott's prose builds an incredibly convincing portrayal of the destruction caused by dysfunctional relationships. A fantastic debut."
One Step Behind (2020)
"A gripping psychological thriller that pulls the reader through the story at a terrific pace, not giving them a moment to draw breath! Cleverly plotted with a strong female protagonist that many women will identify with."
The Hit List (2020)
"A beautifully written book that tackles complex issues on a very personal level. A dark, fast-paced thriller with a hard-hitting emotional impact."
People Like Her (2021)
"I loved it! I was actually holding my breath towards the end. Such a chillingly dark examination of what can happen if you filter the reality. . . through Instagram & pretend to be someone you’re not."
Safe and Sound (2021)
"Such a brilliant portrayal of the chasm that often exists between the reality of our lives and how we portray ourselves. It drew me in from the first chapter and had me hooked until the end!"
The Girls Are All So Nice Here (2021)
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
"Captures perfectly the devastating cruelty teenage girls can inflict on one another."
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