The Darkest Lies

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A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret.


Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village.

Nothing can shake her happiness – until the day that Beth goes missing and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home.

Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter’s attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won’t they talk? 

As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harbouring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie’s life in terrible danger…

A completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming. Fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister and Before I Let You In will be captivated.

What readers are saying about The Darkest Lies

‘Vividly written and absolutely gripping. I couldn’t put it down!’ The Genre Reader (5*)

‘There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing, leading all the way to a jaw-dropping ending that left me spinning.’ Novel Deelights (5*)

‘Gripping and shocking. Had me completely enthralled in the action…a story that got under my skin.’ Rachel’s Random Reads (5*)

‘A dark, compelling and unforgettable read that had me hooked. The final paragraph haunted me, long after I had finished reading.’ Brew and Books review (5*)

Addictive, Thrilling, Captivating! I could not put this book down, it captures your interest from the very first page until the very last.’ Book Reviews by Nicole (5*)

‘It really did make for some very emotional reading…There was a twist which totally rocked me.’ By The Letter Book Reviews (4*)

‘Plenty of red herrings and twists…If you like psychological thrillers, you’ll love it.’ Consumer reviewer (5*)

Gripping, tense and very hard to put down. The ending does not disappoint.’ Goodreads reviewer (4*)

‘A very good thriller with a surprising ending’ Goodreads reviewer (5*)

What readers are saying about Barbara Copperthwaite

‘Will have you looking over your shoulder and under your bed... Original, gripping, with a deep psychological impact’ Sunday Mirror

‘Totally gripping and scarily believably characters’ Bella

‘Enthralling, tense and moving’ Real People

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Barbara Copperthwaite