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
a taut, chilling read with a killer twist at the end
a clever psychological tale with some brilliant, yet believable twists


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 was published by Quercus in September 2018.

A compelling, addictive read… I absolutely loved it
— Karen Hamilton, author of THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND
Brilliant and insidious
— Lucy Clarke, author of LAST SEEN
A chilling and compelling debut
— Lucy Dawson, bestselling author of THE DAUGHTER
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
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
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
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 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, bestselling author of THE LOST SISTER
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
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