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The Rival

The twisty, dark and heartstopping read that you won’t be able to put down

By Charlotte Duckworth

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The Rival is an addictive psychological suspense about ambition, female rivalry and motherhood and how far you'd go to get what you want.

An addictive psychological suspense about ambition, female rivalry, and how far you'd go to get what you want.

'Brilliant and insidious'
Lucy Clarke, author of You Let Me In

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NOW
Helena is a career woman with no job and a mother without a baby. She blames Ashley for destroying her life. But is what happened really Ashley's fault?

THEN
When Helena hires Ashley to work for her, she's startled but impressed by her fierce ambition. They form a dream team and Helena is proud - maybe this is the protégée she's always wanted to have. But soon Helena realizes that nothing will stand in the way of Ashley's drive to get to the top. And when Helena becomes pregnant, everything she has worked so hard for is suddenly threatened, with devastating consequences...

***********

'Absolutely terrific, a beautifully written debut from an exciting new voice in psychological fiction' Cass Green, author of The Woman Next Door and Don't You Cry

'A compelling addictive read... I absolutely loved it'
Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend

'A chilling and compelling debut'
Lucy Dawson, author of The Daughter

Biographical Notes

Charlotte Duckworth has spent the past fifteen years working as an interiors and lifestyle journalist, writing for a wide range of consumer magazines and websites. She lives in Surrey with her partner and their young daughter. You can find out more on her website: charlotteduckworth.com.

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Brilliant and insidious — Lucy Clarke, author of Last Seen
A chilling and compelling debut — Lucy Dawson, author of The Daughter
Absolutely terrific, a beautifully written debut from an exciting new voice in psychological fiction — Cass Green, bestselling author of In a Cottage in a Wood
A compelling, addictive read... I absolutely loved it — Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend
A novel that charts how the toxicity of the modern workplace pits women against each other in a battle no one can win. I loved this original, unnerving psychological suspense story! — Holly Cave, author of The Memory Chamber
A fantastic debut of how female relationships can turn toxic with devastating consequences — Sue Fortin, author of Sister Sister
Sharply observant, smartly plotted and beautifully written — Phoebe Locke, author of The Tall Man
The Rival is a compelling, original read about ambition, motherhood and how far people will go to get what they want. Chilling, complex and unnerving, I loved it — Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House
A gripping, unpredictable read with two compelling female characters who I both loved and hated in equal measure — Tracy Buchanan
Dark, thought-provoking and compelling, The Rival is a brilliant study of female tensions that builds to a shocking and unexpected climax — Rebecca Fleet, author of The House Swap
A distinctive new direction in psychological suspense, The Rival is as compelling as it is unpredictable, building tension cleverly right up to the satisfying conclusion. An excellent, fresh and absorbing read — Caroline Hulse, author of The Adults
The Rival is a gripping psychological suspense that delves deep into the complex relationship of two women — Elisabeth Carpenter, author of 99 Red Balloons
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