Author susan Wilkins

Published by Herkimer






A Prequel to The Detective Jo Boden Case Files – an updated new edition.

 A murdered sister, a killer released from jail, a cop in a deadly battle to uncover the truth.

 DC Jo Boden was eleven years old when her older sister, Sarah, was brutally murdered during her first year at university. Sarah’s boyfriend, Nathan Wade, was convicted of the killing.

Now, sixteen years later, Wade is being released on licence and documentary filmmaker, Briony Rowe, insists she can prove his innocence.

 Broken by the tragedy, the Boden family has remained convinced that Wade is guilty. But Jo, who grew up believing her big sister was perfect, is persuaded to examine the evidence that put him behind bars.

 Digging into the past, she discovers Sarah harboured some dark secrets of her own. But for her killer, it’s never been over. And he has Jo firmly in his sights.

 It Should Have Been Me is a gripping, fast-paced psychological thriller, set in the contrasting worlds of television and a high-stakes police operation, but with a family tragedy at its heart.

‘A first-rate thriller, tense and twisty . . . Susan Wilkins is a writer at the very top of her game’ – Elly Griffiths

‘Dark and gripping from first page to last, this is Susan Wilkins at her nail-biting best’ – Jessie Keane


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Marcia Lennox has a life most people would envy: a loving husband, Harry, a beautiful and clever daughter, Phoebe, and a high-flying career.

But in her third week at university, Phoebe disappears. The police suspect the worst and Marcia begins to unravel.

Her perfect existence is just a front, created to escape a dark past. Can she face her demons to save her daughter?

An addictive psychological thriller for fans of Ruth Ware, Lisa Jewell and C L Taylor.

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Sophie Latham is a tough businesswoman used to getting what she wants. At thirty-nine, with her biological clock ticking, she wants a baby and marriage to her gorgeous personal trainer, Ollie Harmon.

 But Ollie has a younger half-sister he’s desperate to protect. Kristin Kelly is a supermodel, the trophy wife of a controlling billionaire, Sir Gerald Sullivan.

 When Ged is accused of murder, Sophie finds herself drawn into a web of lies and obsession.

 As her fairytale marriage spirals into a waking nightmare, she discovers she’s neither as smart nor as good as she thinks.

A dark psychological thriller full of twists and turns for fans of Ruth Ware, Lisa Jewell and C L Taylor.

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If everyone is lying, who do you trust?

 A marriage gone bad…

When Cheryl met Xan, she was a struggling single parent with a five-year-old son. Now they have two children, and he’s hell-bent on turning her research work into a business that could make billions. But does he still love her?

 A dangerous affair…

A business deal brings Hannah into Xan’s life. She’s a young woman driven by ambition. He can’t resist her. But the lies they tell soon spiral out of control, as a toxic mix of lust, ambition, and greed drags them all into dark waters.

 A deadly outcome…

When the police recover a body from the river, Detective Jo Boden must ask the question: is it an accident or could it be murder?

 A twisty, page-turning psychological thriller with a shocking ending for fans of Ruth Ware, Lisa Jewell and C L Taylor.

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Two sisters in conflict since childhood clash over the truth

 A brutal assault…

 When Emma wakes up naked and bruised in a strange apartment with no memory of how she got there, she knows she’s been raped. Fearing her assailant is still there, she flees. Her older sister, Rachel, a senior detective and head of the Major Investigations Team, persuades her to go to the police.

 DS Jo Boden is called in to investigate the crime, and the pressure is on to handle the case with sensitivity.

An inexplicable murder…

 But as the police inquiry unfolds, Rachel suspects Emma is lying. The business partner of Rachel’s husband is found murdered, and Emma becomes a suspect.

 A family ripped apart…

 Can Emma and Rachel overcome their mutual distrust and confront a chilling threat that could wreck both their lives?

A poignant domestic thriller. Book 4 in the Jo Boden Case Files Series

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She wants justice. Will she settle for revenge?

A grieving mother…

 When Claire loses her daughter to suicide, her world falls apart. Tormented by guilt and her own sense of failure, she’s determined to confront the man she believes drove Ella to it and make him pay.

A reunion of old friends…

 At a twenty-five-year college reunion, a disparate group of former students, now middle-aged, meet to catch up on each other’s lives. During a summer heatwave, the lies, jealousies and betrayals of the past erupt into anger and recriminations that threaten all their futures.

 A deadly threat…

 For DS Jo Boden of the Major Investigations Team, it’s a job she doesn’t want: being a minder for an obnoxious politician at a college reunion. But with a potential killer hiding in plain sight, she’s in a race against time to prevent a murder.

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A collection of the first three books in The Detective Jo Boden Case Files. Bundled  together into a great value download. She’s Gone, Her Perfect Husband and Lie Deny Repeat.

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A gripping political thriller with a shocking conspiracy at its heart.

A heart transplant saved Adam Hardy’s life. But as he recovers from surgery, strange visions surface. Adam’s organ donor wasn’t killed in an accident – he was murdered.

For fans of Michael Crichton, David Baldacci and James Patterson.

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Detective Megan Thomas spent years undercover. It cost her a marriage and her peace of mind, but she got the job done.

She moves to Devon for a fresh start, a quieter pace of life – but the countryside is full of dark secrets too.

Can Megan find justice for others, when she’s no longer sure of herself?

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Set in London and Essex, the Kaz Phelps series tells a story of ruthless criminals, corrupt cops, obsessive love and the villainy that operates on both sides of the law.

As a teenage tearaway, Kaz Phelps took the rap for her little brother Joey. Six years later she’s released on licence, desperate to escape the violence and turmoil of her Essex gangster family.

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What Readers are Saying

She’s Gone

Another addictive, compelling read from Susan Wilkins. The tension builds from the first page. 

Debbie Howells

It Should Have Been Me

A first rate thriller, tense and twisty… a writer at the very top of her game.

Elly Griffiths

A Killer’s Heart

 Unpredictable, intricately woven… I couldnt stop reading.

Amazon Reviewer

Buried Deep

Compulsive and thoroughly captivating… I read it all in a single tense sitting.

Reader’s Retreat

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