Author of THE RIVAL

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Anything you can do
 she can do better…


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

‘A chilling and compelling debut’ - Lucy Dawson, bestselling author of THE DAUGHTER

’Brilliant and insidious’ - Lucy Clarke, author of LAST SEEN


Living in her new home in the countryside, HELENA is a career woman without a job and a mother without a baby. She blames ASHLEY for destroying her life. But is what happened really Ashley’s fault?


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 realises that nothing will stand in the way of Ashley’s drive to get to the top. And when Helena discovers she is pregnant, she quickly realises how vulnerable her position is, with devastating consequences.

THE RIVAL will be published by Quercus in September 2018.

‘A gripping psychological suspense that delves deep into the complex relationship of two women’ -
Elisabeth Carpenter, bestselling author of 99 RED BALLOONS
‘Absolutely terrific, a beautifully written debut from an exciting new voice in psychological fiction’ – Cass Green, bestselling author of THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR
‘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



Charlotte Duckworth is a 2017 graduate of the Faber Academy’s acclaimed six-month ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She studied Classics at Leeds University and then completed a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism. For the past 15 years she has worked as an interiors and lifestyle journalist, writing for a wide range of consumer magazines and websites. 

She lives in Surrey with her partner and young daughter. 

She is currently working on her second novel, THE INFLUENCER.