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About Jacqueline Ward
Praise for How to Play Dead:
*This is a clever title for a very thoughtful book about the complexities surrounding the victims of domestic abuse...* - Daily Mail
*Disturbing...How to Play Dead is horrifying in its reflection of reality for many women - and men* Natasha Cooper - The Literary Review
*How to Play Dead is not only a provocative and fabulous story, it also burrowed inside my head, it made me look, made me see.* Liz Robinson - LoveReading
Praise for Perfect Ten:
*A wildly entertaining and compelling debut* Source: Daily Mail
*Reading this book feels like riding a high-speed, super-charged rollercoaster called Revenge. You'll go from cheering Caroline on to screaming at her to stop and then back again, all in the turn of a page. Hugely engrossing - a dark delight.* Source: Catherine Ryan Howard
*Tense and gripping... Jacqueline Ward knows how to ratchet up the tension in this timely debut for those of us affected by #MeToo* Source: Sanjida Kay
*Fascinating Source*: Paula Daly
*This is a deliciously vengeful tale of someone driven to despair and of the world that didn't believe her* Source: Readings, Australia, Best Crime Reads October 2018
*You won't be able to put this gripping novel down Source: Take-a-Break
Penetratingly sharp on the complexities of psychological abuse and the human heart, this compulsive, disturbing debut will be relished by fans of Gillian Flynn and Paula Daly* Source: Joanne Owen, LoveReading
*This is a deliciously vengeful tale of someone driven to despair and of the world that didn't believe her* Source: Fiona Hardy, author of Rosebud
Jacqueline writes stories about strong women and their lives and loves, exploring the real life emotions of revenge, obsession, rage, trust, guilt and joy.
Jacqueline is also the author of the DS Jan Pearce crime fiction series Random Acts of Unkindness, Playlist for a Paper Angel and What I Left Behind, and SmartYellowTM, in the pen name of J A Christy.
Jacqueline is represented by Judith Murray at Green & Heaton. For more information about Jacqueline and her work go to www.jacquelineward.co.uk
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Ria Taylor is everything to everyone. Wife and mother, the centre of her family. And the manager of a refuge for women whose partners have driven them out of their own homes.
But one night, with her husband away, Ria receives a terrifyingly sinister message. Someone is watching her. Someone who seems to know everything about her. She knows what she should do - seek help, just like she tells her clients to. But Ria is the help. As events escalate, and terror takes hold, Ria must decide whether to run or hide...
An explosive debut thriller about one woman's search for revenge - and the dangerous chain of events she sets in motion...
'Hugely engrossing - a dark delight.' Catherine Ryan Howard
Caroline Atkinson is powerless and angry. She has lost more than most - her marriage, her reputation, even her children. Then one day, she receives an unusual delivery: lost luggage belonging to the very man who is responsible, her estranged husband Jack.
In a leather holdall, Caroline unearths a dark secret, one that finally confirms her worst suspicions. Jack has kept a detailed diary of all his affairs; every name, every meeting, every lie is recorded. He even marks the women out of ten.
Caroline decides it's time to even the score. She will make this man pay, even if it means risking everything...
DS Jan Pearce has a big problem. Her fifteen year old son, Aiden, is missing. Jan draws together the threads of missing person cases spanning fifty years and finds tragic connections and unsolved questions.
Bessy Swain, an elderly woman that Jan finds dead on her search for Aiden, and whose own son, Thomas, was also missing, may have the answers.
Jan uses Bessy's information and her own skills and instinct to track down the missing boys. But is it too late for Aiden?
Set in the North West of England, with the notorious Saddleworth Moor as a backdrop, Random Acts of Unkindness is a story about motherhood, love and loss and how families of missing people suffer the consequences of major crimes involving their loved ones
Random Acts of Unkindness is the second in the DS Jan Pearce series of novels.
Fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Val McDermid and Mandasue Heller will love this gritty crime novel
What readers are saying:
This is tight, angry, assured writing. It's a look into a darker world that sits under the skin of the quiet old towns, behind the polite smiles - AlasdairStuart - The Man of Words Review
Random Acts of Unkindness was a hard book to put down. There are twists I never saw coming -Rachel Bustin Blog
Aseriously good book, READ IT ASAP! -The Book Moo
Jacqueline Ward has done a brilliantjob of writing a story that is both descriptive and compelling- A Daydreamers Thoughts Blog
Fascinating and intricately plotted crime novel by an author who, I am sure, will continue togo from strength to strength. - Jaffa ReadsToo Blog
I raced through the book, unable to put it down, and am already looking forward to the next installment in the series! - Babi a FiBlog
Thrilling elements kept me hooked to the end - Marriedto Books Blog
This is definitely one of my favourite books so far in 2016. - Sally Atkins Book Blog
I'll certainly be checking out further books from this author in the future - Bibliobeth
Rollercoasterof a ride, with incredible twists and turns- Portable Magic
DS Jan Pearce is still searching for her missing son. When she finds a little girl, Elise, alone in a pram in a busy town centre, she must unravel a mystery that takes her to the edge of her emotions. Then another child, Dara Price, goes missing.
Lisa Connelly, Elise's mother, has been forced into a life of prostitution and has been leaving her little girl alone. Her gangland boss is holding her prisoner but she wants her little girl back.
Jan finds herself balancing her search for her son with finding Dara. Her right hand man, Mike Waring, is on another case so she and her temporary partner, profiler Damien Booth, must solve the puzzle and find Lisa before time runs out for Dara.
Playlist for a Paper Angel is the third in the DS Jan Pearce series of novels and is the sequel to Random Acts of Unkindness.
This gripping crime fiction thriller is perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Val McDermid and Rachel Abbott
MI6 spy Kate Morden has a big problem. She's investigating a mysterious case where someone has killed an informer and she finds her dead father is involved.
Writer Juliette Watson holds the key to the mystery. She knows what the apocalyptic secret is but she's not telling. Until she confides in Iraqi artist, Sanaa Yazidi, an expert in ancient civilisations who has her own secrets to keep. Will they work together against all odds to reach their deadly destination in time?
The Truth Keepers is the first in the Kate Morden Spy Thriller Series featuring kickass women by Jacqueline Ward.
If you liked ‘I Am Pligrim’ you will love The Truth Keepers. It’s perfect for fans of the film Official Secrets with Keira Knightly.
Get The Truth Keepers to find out how Kate executes her mission – and if she finds the truth about her father.
- Joanne Harris, author of 'Chocolat'
“A cornucopia of witty, tragic, elegant, raw, heart-warming and terrifying stories that take the idea of Home, play with it as only truly talented writers can, and all to help those who have no home at all."
- Emma Darwin, author of 'The Mathematics of Love'
A home is something most of us have the luxury of taking for granted but for many it is a grim struggle to obtain what should be a basic necessity. Stories for Homes is a collection of witty, poignant, funny and heartbreaking short stories by fifty five authors, both established and emerging, reflecting the connection between the immediacy of housing crisis and the stories people tell about their lives around and within it. Volume Two of the anthology includes stories, poems and flash fiction and again all proceeds will be donated to Shelter, the charity for housing and homelessness.