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‘A taut, chilling read with a killer twist at the end’ Sun
‘Brilliant and insidious’ Lucy Clarke, author of You Let Me In
‘A compelling addictive read . . . I absolutely loved it’ Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend

Helena is beautiful, privileged, happily married and the Creative Director for the UK’s hottest luxury beauty retailer. She has everything that Ashley has ever wanted.

When Ashley wins a job as Helena’s assistant, she is determined to impress. But is Ashley the perfect protégée or a ruthless rival?

When Helena discovers she is pregnant, Ashley’s fierce ambition soon becomes apparent and it sets in motion a terrible series of events that could see both women lose everything . . .


‘Tense, intriguing and satisfying’ *****

‘Don’t miss this gripping, shocking and poignant read’ *****
‘Fantastic, brilliantly evocative’ *****
‘A must-read’ *****


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
The Rival is a gripping psychological suspense that delves deep into the complex relationship of two women
Elisabeth Carpenter, author of 99 Red Balloons
A chilling and compelling debut
Lucy Dawson, author of The Daughter
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
Brilliant and insidious
Lucy Clarke, author of Last Seen
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 compelling, addictive read... I absolutely loved it
Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend
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
This is a taut, chilling read with a killer twist at the end
Charlotte Duckworth ticks all the boxes with her debut psychological thriller... gripping
Irish Examiner