Lake Child

Trapeze, Sept 2019

Deceit, abduction, murder …
How far would you go for your family?

“Had me gripped throughout, with a heroine worth rooting for”
– Ian Rankin

Isabel’s recent novels Little Sister and Beautiful Liars both entered the Amazon bestseller charts within weeks of release, as readers new and old were gripped by her pacy, character-driven psychological thrillers.  The books have since gained a strong following from individuals and reading groups alike, and thanks to those readers’ support, the titles went on to be nominated in the Dead Good Reader awards, in both 2018 and 2019.  

This Autumn, Isabel returns with the hauntingly beautiful Lake Child

Set in a remote valley town in the heart of Norway’s ancient fjords, Lake Child centres on the mystery of a young Norwegian woman, Eva Olsen, as she wakes after an accident and finds herself confined to the attic room of her family’s forest home.  When 17-year-old Eva gains consciousness, injured and robbed of her most recent memories, she trusts her parents’ advice that she must remain in her attic bedroom while she recuperates. But when Eva decides the time has come to break free of their caring incarceration, she discovers a world of secrets and lies, and a journey to discover her true identity begins.

If you loved THE TOP OF THE LAKE, SHARP OBJECTS and THE SINNER, you’ll love this multi-layered, atmospheric thriller about a small town with secrets to hide.


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What readers & reviewers are saying about Isabel’s thrillers …

‘Fiendishly clever’ Red Magazine, Best Crime & Thriller Novels Autumn 2019

‘So atmospheric’ – Crime Monthly magazine

‘Had me gripped throughout, with a heroine worth rooting for’ Ian Rankin

‘Beautifully crafted and satisfying’ Mari Hannah, author

‘Satisfying on every level’ – Elly Griffiths, author

‘Engaging characters and red herrings aplenty … gripping’ – Candis magazine

‘Tense, edgy and nerve-wracking. I loved it!’  Helen Fields, author

‘Beautifully written … original and compelling’ Howard Linskey, author

‘The Norwegian setting is fabulous … suspenseful and so atmospheric’ NB magazine

‘Deeply unsettling … kept me guessing’ Lesley Thomson, author

‘A stylish, confident thriller … hard to put down’ Kate Rhodes, author

‘Beautifully-written, and ultimately very moving … I loved it’ Steve Mosby, author

‘Teasingly twisty!’ Peterborough Review

‘A dark, unrelenting psychological thrill ride’ Publishers Weekly

‘Best Summer Reads’ Prima, Red and Gransnet

‘A gripping Read’ Sunday Independent (Ireland)

‘A heart in your mouth read’ Red magazine

‘A taut thriller’ Nina Pottell for Prima magazine

‘It’s action all the way and a compulsive read’ The Sun

‘This tautly written thriller will make you question everything’ Stylist magazine

‘Impossible to put this book out of your hands’ Irish Evening Echo

‘A gripping, twisty thriller’ My Weekly magazine

‘Had me gripped from start to finish’ Louise Candlish, author of The Swimming Pool

‘Kept me up three nights in a row’ Holly Seddon, author of Don’t Close Your Eyes

‘A great story … and a thoroughly satisfying ending’ Katerina Diamond, author of The Teacher

‘Draws you in, right from the first page’ Sam Carrington, author of Saving Sophie

‘Beautifully written … with a dark mystery at its heart’ – Tammy Cohen, author of When She Was Bad

‘The darker side of sibling rivalry’ – Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake

‘A tense and claustrophobic read’ Lesley Thomson, author of The Dog Walker

‘Had me changing my mind and re-evaluating everything I’d read’ Lisa Cutts, author of Mercy Killing

‘Excellent twists and turns’ SJI Holliday, author of The Willow Walk

‘One of my favourite thrillers this year so far’ – Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home

‘A tangled web of secrets and lies’ – Louise Jensen, author of The Surrogate

‘Twisty, gripping, and utterly unpredictable’ – Will Dean, author of Dark Pines

‘A brilliant story of friendship and lies with a twist I never saw coming’ – Claire Douglas, author The Sisters

Beautiful Liars is a real cracker of a book’ – Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner

‘A gripping exploration of friendship and twisted family secrets’ – Cass Green, author of In a Cottage in a Wood

‘Gripping, clever and beautifully written, Isabel Ashdown’s star is about to soar’ – Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House

‘A craftily plotted, intricate read. Highly recommended’ – Mick Herron, author of London Rules

‘A great, twisty thriller, carefully plotted and beautifully written’ – Niki Mackay, author of I, Witness

‘A great character-driven mystery that’s as enjoyable as it is satisfying’ – Elle Croft, author of The Guilty Wife

‘I absolutely loved Beautiful Liars … brilliant twists I did not see coming!’ Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend