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Tom Bale is the pseudonym of British mystery author David Harrison.

Born in Sussex, England, he undertook many different jobs whilst simultaneously working on his long-standing dream of becoming a writer.

However, of all the jobs that he has done, none was as draining and rewarding as working for several years as a househusband with two pre-school children.

Bale made his debut as an author in 2006 with Sins of the Father, which was published under his real name, David Harrison.

However, upon publishing his next book, Skin and Bones, he acquired an agent, adopted a pen name, and secured a publishing agreement that enabled him to write on a full-time basis.

Passionate about cycling and swimming, the author currently resides in Brighton.

More about Tom Bale

Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

United Kingdom

Pseudonym: Tom Bale

Non Series

  • Skin and Bones (2008)
  • Terror's Reach (2010)
  • Blood Falls (2011)
  • The Catch (2013)
  • See How They Run (2016)
  • All Fall Down (2016)
  • Each Little Lie (2017)
  • One Dark Night (2018)
  • Survive (2020)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Skin and Bones

On a cold January morning, a nightmare awaits in a sleepy Sussex village. A deranged young man goes on the rampage, shooting everyone in his path before taking his own life. It’s a senseless, tragic event.

Only Julia Trent – believed to be the sole survivor – knows that there was a second man involved. But after being shot and badly injured, her account of the massacre is ignored.

Together with Craig Walker, the son of one of the victims, Julia sets out to find the truth before she’s silenced for good. As they peel back the layers of a dark and dangerous conspiracy, they discover the slaughter didn't begin on that bitter day in January.

And worst of all, it won't end there.

Author: Tom Bale
First Release: 2008
Ebook: B0031RS4BG
Publisher: Preface Digital
Terror's Reach

A burning summer's day explodes into violence. A murderous gang targets the exclusive south coast island of Terror's Reach, home to rival business tycoons Robert Felton and Valentin Nasenko. The residents are facing annihilation, and only one man stands a chance of saving them.

Four years ago, after an undercover police operation went disastrously wrong, CID officer Joe Clayton lost his career and his family. Forced to adopt a new identity, he drifted from place to place and ended up on the Reach, working as a bodyguard to Nasenko's wife, Cassie, and her children. Now he must draw upon all his experience and reserves of strength to keep them alive.

But nothing is as it seems on Terror's Reach, and a long night of betrayal and murder leaves Joe fighting for his own survival ...

Author: Tom Bale
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-1848090767
Publisher: Random House
Blood Falls

Joe Clayton thought the dangers of his undercover career were behind him. He was wrong. One grey October morning, while working in a quiet Bristol street, he hears the voice of the man who has sworn to destroy him. Minutes later Joe is running for his life again.

Desperate for sanctuary, he heads for the small Cornish town of Trelennan, and the home of Diana Bamber, widow of a former police colleague. But Diana reacts strangely to his arrival, and gradually Joe discovers that Trelennan is far from the idyllic, law-abiding resort it claims to be.

The town is in the grip of one man. Leon Race doesn't welcome strangers, especially ex-cops who start asking questions about missing women. Soon Joe is caught up in another undercover role, but as he penetrates the web of secrets that ensnares the town's elite, his own secret is at risk of discovery. And all the time his old enemy is circling ...

Author: Tom Bale
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0099559436
Publisher: Arrow Books
The Catch

How far do you go for a friendship? That's the question Daniel Wade is forced to ask when a simple favour has fatal consequences. For the sake of his old schoolmate, Robbie - and more importantly for Robbie's sister, Cate - Dan agrees to go along with a lie. But soon he's sucked into a conspiracy that threatens to consume them all.

How hard do you fight for a fortune? For Gordon and Patricia Blake, the dead man held the key to a glorious future. Now that future has been ripped from their grasp, and the Blakes want to know why. Then they want revenge.

How can you hope to survive? With a ruthless predator on their trail, Dan realises that evading justice is the least of their worries. All that matters now is staying alive.

Author: Tom Bale
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0099559443
Publisher: Arrow Books
See How They Run

How far would you go to save your family?

In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie.

This is no burglary gone wrong.

The intruders know who they’re looking for – a man called Edward Renshaw.

And they are prepared to kill to get to him?

When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding?

One thing is clear - they already know too much.

As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time to breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only one choice:


Author: Tom Bale
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1910751695
Publisher: Bookouture
All Fall Down

You tried to save a life. Now you’re fighting for your own.

It’s the perfect Sunday. Summer sunshine; a barbecue with the kids. But a knock on the garden gate and two words; ‘HELP ME’, changes everything.

When loving parents Rob and Wendy Turner let a dying man into their home, and do their best to help him, they think pure chance led him to their house. But soon their lives are threatened in ways they could never have imagined … and then the first anonymous letter arrives, forcing them to question all they know.

Someone is watching.

Someone is waiting.

They will stop at nothing.

Rob and Wendy will do anything to keep their children safe, but Georgia, Josh and Evan are teenagers with their own hidden lives.

Everyone has secrets, but how can you save your family, if you don’t really know them?

Author: Tom Bale
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1786810557
Publisher: Bookouture
Each Little Lie

One split second can destroy your life forever.

Single mother Jen Cornish is just trying to hold things together for the sake of her seven-year-old son Charlie. Until the day when she does an impulsive good deed to help a neighbour, setting off a terrifying chain of events that quickly spirals out of control…

When she is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit, Jen quickly starts to wonder if someone is playing a cruel game with her - or is she losing her mind?

Desperate to clear her name with the police, she must first untangle a chilling web of lies. But someone is watching her every move – and it isn’t just Jen who is in danger.

They’re watching her child as well.

Author: Tom Bale
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1786812070
Publisher: Bookouture
One Dark Night

Driving home after a day in the countryside with his wife, Katy, and their two kids, doting father Adam Parr gets cut up by a speeding silver car, nearly causing him to crash. Shocked and upset that his kids could have been killed, he pulls over…

That’s when he sees a struggling woman in the back seat of the silver car, her eyes pleading for help, and he knows his family are in terrible danger.

In the blink of an eye, the Parr’s ordinary lives are plunged into an unimaginable nightmare. With nowhere to run, and the whole family at risk, does Adam have what it takes to lead his loved ones to safety?

Author: Tom Bale
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1786817051
Publisher: Bookouture

Paradise is about to become hell…

On a remote island in the Adriatic, an enigmatic billionaire hosts a twisted form of entertainment to satisfy the jaded appetites of his exclusive guests. And for one unsuspecting family, the holiday of a lifetime is about to become a desperate battle for survival.

As young parents, Sam and Jody have managed to defy the odds once before. But years of struggle have taken their toll, and Sam’s demons return to haunt him at the worst possible time.

Caught up in a sick game of cat and mouse, can they put their differences aside and work under intolerable pressure to save themselves and their children?

Live or die. It’s the only choice they have.

Author: Tom Bale
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1913419578
Publisher: Bloodhound Books