Ruth Heald, Psychological Thriller Author

Ruth Heald is the bestselling author of six psychological thrillers,  The Mother’s Mistake, The Woman Upstairs, I Know Your Secret, The Wedding, The New Girl and The Nanny. Her books are published by Bookouture, part of Hachette UK.

The Mother’s Mistake is an eerie, twisty and atmospheric psychological thriller about a mother’s worst nightmare. When Claire Hughes and her young family move to the countryside in the hope of a fresh start, it seems the perfect life – and the perfect family – are just within reach. But it isn’t long before Claire’s past catches up with her … and her daughter’s life is in danger.

The Woman Upstairs is a psychological thriller with gothic undertones. When Katie’s unreliable boyfriend goes awol just before the birth of their twins, she puts her life and her daughters’ lives in her doula’s hands. But can she trust her?

I Know Your Secret is the story of Danielle and Beth. Both have secrets to hide, and both are out for revenge.

The Wedding is about childhood sweethearts who discover someone wants to destroy their wedding and their life together.

The New Girl follows Sophie whose dream job and new boyfriend are not everything they seem. 

In The Nanny, Hayley’s past working as a nanny in Thailand comes back to haunt her twenty years later, when a familiar-looking woman arrives at her door. 

Ruth’s debut novel, “27: Six Friends, One Year,” published in 2012 by Dancing Parrot Press, is a relationship drama about the lives of six friends aged 27 who reunite in London. On the surface they lead enviable lives, but underneath the facades they are falling apart. “27” was selected as a Quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Ruth grew up in a suburban Buckinghamshire town. She studied Economics at Oxford and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting. Seeking a more creative environment, she joined the BBC and worked there for nine years before leaving to write full time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and finding out what drives people to violence, destruction and revenge. She’s married with two children and her novels explore our greatest fears in otherwise ordinary, domestic lives.