Sophie’s new standalone thriller Did You See Melody? is published on 24 August in the UK and in September in the US*

 

DID YOU SEE MELODY?

Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows flees her home, husband and children. Fifteen hours later, she’s checking into a five star spa resort in the foothills of Camelback Mountain, Arizona.  All she wants is space to think, far away from everyone and everything she knows.  Instead, she gets a shock in the middle of the night after being given the key card for a room that’s already occupied – apparently by a father and daughter…

Philadelphia’s most famous murder victim, Melody Chapa, has been dead seven years.  Her parents, Naldo and Annette Chapa, are serving ‘natural life’ sentences for killing their seven-year-old daughter, after a successful campaign by former-prosecutor Bonnie Juno whose TV show ‘Justice With Bonnie’ brought to light crucial facts missed by detectives.  But if Melody’s dead – as the evidence suggests she is – then how can a guest at a spa resort in Arizona have seen her?

Putting Annette and Naldo Chapa behind bars is the greatest achievement of Bonnie Juno’s life.  When she learns what’s happening in Arizona, she laughs it off…until she discovers that the sightings of Melody are starting to stack up.  At first it was just one uncertain English woman who walked into the wrong room in the middle of the night, easily dismissed as exhausted and not thinking straight after her long journey – but it turns out that Cara Burrows is not the only guest at the resort claiming to have seen Melody.

Feeling as if she has no choice, Bonnie heads for Arizona – but by the time she gets there, Cara Burrows has disappeared…

(*in America, Did You See Melody? will be called Keep Her Safe)

 

and…

 

Sophie has recently started work on her next novel, HAVEN’T THEY GROWN:

 

All Hilary has to do is drive her son to his Under-14s away match, watch him play, and bring him home.

Just because she knows her ex-best friend lives near the football ground, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her.

Why would Hilary do that, and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn’t seen Flora for eleven years. She doesn’t want to see her today, or ever again.

But she can’t resist.

She parks outside the open gates of Newlands House, watches from across the road as Flora and her children Thomas and Emily step out of the car. Except…

There’s something wrong. Terribly wrong.

Flora looks the same, only a decade older. As Hilary would have expected.

It’s the children. There’s something wrong with the children. Eleven years ago, Thomas and Emily were seven and five years old.  Today, they look precisely as they did then, more than a decade ago. They are still seven and five years old. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt – Hilary hears Flora call them by their names – but they haven’t changed at all.  They are no taller, no older…

WHY HAVEN’T THEY GROWN?