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Beautiful Liars

Isabel Ashdown

ISBN 9781496714794
Publish Date 6/25/2019
Format Hardcover
Categories Psychological, Police, Serial Killer, Psychological, Thriller/Suspense, Kensington
List Price: $26.00

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A twisting, riveting story of deep friendship and dark secrets, from the author of the internationally acclaimed Little Sister.

Every picture hides a story . . .

In the photograph Martha Benn has kept for two decades, three girls lounge on the grass during a school field trip. Beside Martha, there’s Liv, petite and wickedly funny, and Juliet, their unofficial leader, brave, kind, and effortlessly beautiful. Back then, they meant the world to each other. But when Juliet disappeared, the bond between Martha and Liv unraveled too.

Martha was the last known person to see Juliet alive, and she still has no idea what happened after the two said goodnight on a towpath beside London’s Regent’s Canal. The next day, Juliet’s abandoned bicycle was discovered, but no sign of Juliet. Rumors erupted that she’d been having an affair with a married man and they’d run off together. Yet without witnesses or clues, the investigation fell apart.

Martha, now a TV celebrity preparing to host a show investigating cold cases, finally has a chance to get answers. Publicly delving into the mystery will mean exposing her past—and reconnecting with Liv, who’s become barely more than a stranger. Despite their closeness, there were always secrets between them, and the little lies that best friends allow when reality is too difficult to face.

As Martha tries to piece together what happened to Juliet, she realizes that her memories of those long-ago bonds may not tell the whole story. And someone else may know more about Juliet’s fate, and their friendship, than she could ever have imagined . . .

Praise for Little Sister

An International Sensation

“A gripping domestic thriller. . . . Recommend to fans of Paula Hawkins, Fiona Barton, and Patricia MacDonald.” --Booklist

“A missing baby girl, a marriage ravaged by mistrust, a sibling rivalry with a very dark heart: Little Sister had me gripped from start to finish.” --Louise Candlish, author of The Swimming Pool

“A harrowing tale of sibling rivalry.” --Publishers Weekly

“This thriller doesn't hesitate to pull you into the twisted world of family secrets and sibling rivalry. A great story with characters that just leap off the page and a thoroughly satisfying ending.” --Katerina Diamond, Sunday Times bestseller of The Teacher

“A brilliant twisty and compelling story. . . . This book had me totally gripped!” --Sam Carrington, author of Saving Sophie

“Addictive and brimming with dark surprises.” --Juliet West, author of The Faithful

And praise for Beautiful Liars

“A brilliant story of friendship and lies with a twist I never saw coming.” --Claire Douglas, author of Do Not Disturb

“Twisty, gripping, and utterly unpredictable.” --Will Dean, author of Dark Pines

“A gripping exploration of friendship and twisted family secrets.” --Cass Green, author of Don’t You Cry

About Isabel Ashdown:

Isabel Ashdown was born in London and grew up on the south coast of England. Her writing career was launched with her award-winning debut Glasshopper, and she now writes full-time, walks daily, and volunteers for the charity Pets as Therapy. She has a Masters degree in Creative Writing and was recently appointed Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Chichester. Isabel lives in Sussex with her carpenter husband and their two children. Follow Isabel on Twitter @IsabelAshdown, or visit her website at

Photo Credit: Roy J. Baron 2017

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