I enjoy writing crime and suspense because such gripping and tightly-woven stories offer a chance to explore how dark secrets come back to haunt us, the chilling emotions of why people kill, how love can go terrifyingly wrong, and the disturbing psychology of what we most fear.
I hope readers will also enjoy my first crime novel, 'Good Girls Don't Die', the first in a series featuring Grace Fisher, a murder detective with the Essex Major Investigation Team.
My two earlier novels of psychological suspense, 'Out of Sight' and 'The Bad Mother', are also published in paperback, ebook and audio by Quercus. For several months 'The Bad Mother' was Amazon's No.1 bestselling novel in psychological suspense and was in the top ten crime fiction bestsellers.
I also write screenplays for television crime drama, including 'The Bill', 'Wycliffe', 'Rosemary & Thyme' and 'Midsomer Murders'. With Jimmy McGovern, I co-wrote 'Tina's Story', the final episode in the Bafta and International Emmy award-winning BBC series 'Accused', starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Robert Sheehan and John Bishop.
A former non-fiction author (writing as Isabelle Anscombe) and journalist for national newspapers and magazines such as 'Cosmopolitan', 'Country Living' and 'Psychologies', I have also taught screenwriting at Central Saint Martin's and the Arvon Foundation.
I was born within the sound of Bow Bells in London's East End, grew up in Manchester, lived for ten years on what was once a tidal island at the edge of the Romney Marsh, and now live and work in north London.