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Mary-Jane Riley

Mary-Jane Riley Mary-Jane wrote her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter. She was eight. It was about a gang of children who had adventures on mysterious islands, but she soon realised Enid Blyton had cornered that particular market. So she wrote about the Wild West instead. When she grew up she had to earn a living, and became a BBC radio talk show presenter and journalist. She has covered many life-affirming stories, but also some of the darkest events of the past two decades.

Then, in true journalistic style, she decided not to let the facts get in the way of a good story and got creative. She wrote for women’s magazines and small presses. She formed WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help charities get their message across using their life stories. Now she is writing psychological suspense, drawing on her experiences in journalism. She has three grown-up children and lives in Suffolk with a golden retriever and her television journalist husband.

Latest book: THE BAD THINGS

Mary-Jane Riley - the Bad Things If you had the chance to talk face-to-face with the one who tore your family apart, would you take it?

Alex Devlin’s life changed forever when her sister’s two small children were snatched from the garden. A local man was convicted of murder, his mistress, Jackie Wood, jailed as an accessory. Fifteen years on and the Court of Appeal quashes Wood’s conviction. Alex, now a successful journalist, sets out to find the truth of Wood’s involvement.

Years before, police officer Kate Todd found one of the children’s bodies. She, too, has her own reasons to delve back into the original murder investigation.

Soon the horrifying secrets of the day the children went missing test both women to the limit and make them question all the people they trust.

Set against the bleak winter landscape of the Suffolk coast, THE BAD THINGS is a psychological suspense novel that asks if we ever really know what is in the hearts of those closest to us.

Published by HarperCollins/Killer Reads August 27 2015

To be published in Germany by Goldmann (Random House) in 2015.