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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 highly professional piece of psychological suspense... cogent points are made about workplace demands on high-flying women’ - THE GUARDIAN

’a taut, chilling read with a killer twist at the end’ - THE SUN


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
‘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
‘Rivalry in the workplace, full of ambition and jealousy - a fantastic debut of how female relationships can turn toxic with devastating consequences’ - Sue Fortin, bestselling author of SISTER SISTER
‘A compelling, addictive read… I absolutely loved it’ - Karen Hamilton, author of THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND

‘Sharply observant, smartly plotted and beautifully written, The Rival ratchets up the tension with every chapter – I could hardly bear to watch as Helena and Ashley hurtled down their own separate, disastrous paths and yet was transfixed, waiting for the inevitable, devastating consequences’ - 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
‘Brilliant and insidious’ - Lucy Clarke, author of LAST SEEN
‘A chilling and compelling debut’ - Lucy Dawson, bestselling author of THE DAUGHTER
‘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 gripping unpredictable read with two compelling female characters who I both loved and hated in equal measure’ - Tracy Buchanan, bestselling author of THE LOST SISTER

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Once you’ve invited
them in…
you can’t keep them out

You can’t stop watching her.
Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-vlogger, with three young children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.

Until the day she’s no longer there.
But one day she disappears from the online world - her entire social media presence deleted overnight, with no explanation. Has she simply decided that baring her life to all online is no longer a good idea, or has something more sinister happened to her?

But do you really know who Violet is?
Told from the perspectives of her biggest fan and her biggest troll, both obsessed with finding out the truth, their search quickly reveals a web of lies, betrayal, and shocking consequences…

Coming 5 September 2019

pre-order now



Charlotte Duckworth is a 2017 graduate of the Faber Academy’s acclaimed six-month ‘Writing a Novel’ course. Charlotte 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 young daughter. 

Her second novel, UNFOLLOW ME, will be published in September 2019.

She is currently working on her third book.

 Photo credit: Ellie Gillard

Photo credit: Ellie Gillard