Dorothy Koomson

Dorothy Koomson was born in London in 1971 and has been writing contemporary fiction since 2203. She has two degrees in psychology and journalism and has published seven novels in the UK and US.

She has lived in Sydney and now resides in Brighton but has the travelling bug and would like to move again. Her most popular books include My Best Friend’s Girl and The Ice Cream Girls, which was a Richard & Judy Summer Reads Book Club Pick.


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    The Beach Wedding (Paperback)

    Dorothy Koomson

    Will your past always catch up with you? Tessa Dannall is excited and happy when her daughter, Nia, arrives at their family's tropical beach resort to get married. Tessa is also trying to forget the last time she went to a wedding on this beach and how that day changed her life for ever. But as the big day draws near, Tessa realises she must face the deadly ghosts from her past - or they may ruin her daughter's future... Praise for Dorothy Koomson: `Terrifically addictive' Good Housekeeping `Beautifully written' Closer `Koomson just gets better and better' Woman and Home
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    Tell Me Your Secret (Hardback)

    Dorothy Koomson

    The new emotional thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Ice Cream Girls, My Best Friend's Girl and The Brighton Mermaid. Dorothy Koomson, 'Queen of the big reveal', is back with a gripping page-turner full of twists and turns. Pieta has a secret. Ten years ago, Pieta was kidnapped by a man calling himself The Blindfolder who said he wouldn't kill her if she kept her eyes closed for 48 hours. She never told anyone what happened to her, vowing to move on with her life. But when The Blindfolder starts hunting down his past victims, Pieta realises she may finally be forced to tell her deepest secret to stay alive . . . Jody has a secret. Fifteen years ago, policewoman Jody made a terrible mistake that resulted in a serial killer known as The Blindfolder escaping justice. When Jody discovers journalist Pieta survived an attack by him, she realises she may finally have found a way to catch him. But that would mean endangering at least two innocent people . . . They kept quiet to protect themselves. Will telling all save or sacrifice each other?
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    The Brighton Mermaid (Paperback)

    Dorothy Koomson

    **WINNER OF THE PRECIOUS LIFESTYLE MUST READ OF THE YEAR AWARD 2018** `This will creep its way under your skin and stay there long after you finish the final few gut-twisting chapters. Brilliant' Heat _____________________ Brighton Beach, 1993 Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears. Twenty-five years on, Nell is forced to quit her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was - and what happened to her best friend that summer. But as Nell edges closer to the truth, dangerous things start to happen. Someone seems to be watching her every move, and soon she starts to wonder who in her life she can actually trust... Fast-paced and thrilling, The Brighton Mermaid explores the deadly secrets of those closest to you. _____________________ `Another brilliant, suspenseful read from a master storyteller' (Candis) `With a cracking plot to boot - this brilliant read will hook you from the start' (Fabulous magazine) `This will creep its way under your skin and stay there long after you finish the final few gut-twisting chapters. Brilliant' (Heat) `Tense and emotional' (My Weekly) `Thrilling!' (Take A Break) `Koomson is the queen of the big reveal, and takes her time slowly building the tension in this truly gripping read' (The Sun) `Has all the classic elements of the big beach novel. It adds extra depths to the whodunit in terms of characterisation and emotional impact, and races to a conclusion that had me turning the pages as if they were on fire' (Viva magazine) `A hot read' (Woman magazine) `Just when you think you know what happened and you have your suspects a turn of the page will prove you wrong. This novel is fast paced and a great read' (Woman's Way) `The novel simmers with tension and an undercurrent of darkness' (Daily Express) `The Brighton Mermaid is a breathtakingly brilliant, twisty belter of a book and you need to read it!' (Miranda Dickinson, author of Somewhere Beyond The Sea) `Fast-paced, dark and simmering - can't recommend this novel enough.' (Caroline Smailes, author ofThe Drowning of Arthur Braxton)
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    The Ice Cream Girls (Paperback)

    Dorothy Koomson

    'Got out hearts racing, our minds boggling and us page-turning like there's no tomorrow' Heat 'An instantly involving psychological thriller' Telegraph Read the gripping, emotional thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author Dorothy Koomson. Serena and Poppy were teenagers when they were branded as the Ice Cream Girls. When they were accused of murder, one of them was sent to prison while the other was set free. Now, 20 years later, one of them is doing all she can to clear her name and the other is frantically trying to keep her secrets.
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    The Brighton Mermaid (Hardback)

    Dorothy Koomson

    Brighton Beach, 1993 Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears. Twenty-five years on, Nell is forced to quit her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was - and what happened to her best friend that summer. But as Nell edges closer to the truth, dangerous things start to happen. Someone seems to be watching her every move, and soon she starts to wonder who in her life she can actually trust... Fast-paced and thrilling, The Brighton Mermaid explores the deadly secrets of those closest to you.
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    The Friend (Paperback)

    Dorothy Koomson

    That Girl from Nowhere author Dorothy Koomson's The Friend is a psychological thriller that questions the slight line between right and wrong.

    Cece Solarin moves to Brighton following her husband's big promotion but the neighbourhood they end up in is harbouring a deadly secret: there's been a murder on the grounds of the local school...

    Cece is already anxious about relocating and making new friends, especially when she sees how cliquey her fellow parents. She's taken in by Maxie, Anaya and Hazel, but then discovers one of her new friends is a prime suspect...
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    When I Was Invisible (Paperback)

    Dorothy Koomson

    'Do you ever wonder if you've lived the life you were meant to?' I ask her. She sighs, and dips her head. 'Even if I do, what difference will it make?' In 1988, two eight-year-old girls with almost identical names and the same love of ballet meet for the first time. They seem destined to be best friends forever and to become professional dancers. Years later, however, they have both been dealt so many cruel blows that they walk away from each other into very different futures - one enters a convent, the other becomes a minor celebrity. Will these new, 'invisible' lives be the ones they were meant to live, or will they only find that kind of salvation when they are reunited twenty years later?
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    That Girl from Nowhere (Paperback)

    Dorothy Koomson

    From the bestselling author of The Ice Cream Girls, The Woman He Loved Before and My Best Friend's Girl, an emotional story about love, identity and the meaning of family. 'Where are you coming from with that accent of yours?' he asks. 'Nowhere,' I reply. 'I'm from nowhere.' 'Everyone's from somewhere,' he says. 'Not me,' I reply silently. Clemency Smittson was adopted as a baby and the only connection she has to her birth mother is a cardboard box hand-decorated with butterflies. Now an adult, Clem decides to make a drastic life change and move to Brighton, where she was born. Clem has no idea that while there she'll meet someone who knows all about her butterfly box and what happened to her birth parents. As the tangled truths about her adoption and childhood start to unravel, a series of shocking events cause Clem to reassess whether the price of having contact with her birth family could be too high to pay...
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    That Girl from Nowhere (Hardback)

    Dorothy Koomson

    This is from the bestselling author of The Ice Cream Girls, The Woman He Loved Before and My Best Friend's Girl, an emotional story about love, identity and the meaning of family. "Where are you coming from with that accent of yours?' he asks. 'Nowhere,' I reply. 'I'm from nowhere.' 'Everyone's from somewhere,' he says. 'Not me,' I reply silently. Clemency Smittson was adopted as a baby and the only connection she has to her birth mother is a cardboard box hand-decorated with butterflies. Now an adult, Clem decides to make a drastic life change and move to Brighton, where she was born. Clem has no idea that while there she'll meet someone who knows all about her butterfly box and what happened to her birth parents. As the tangled truths about her adoption and childhood start to unravel, a series of shocking events cause Clem to reassess whether the price of having contact with her birth family could be too high to pay...
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