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Kerry Barnes is a British author of thriller and crime fiction novels.

Born in 1964, she was raised on a South Eastern council estate.

Given how her parents wanted her to become a doctor during a time when women barely had a professional career, Kerry began by becoming a microbiologist before venturing into medicine.

She started writing after the birth of her daughter when she had plenty of free time.

More about Kerry Barnes

Genres: Crime Suspense, Thriller

Born: 1964

United Kingdom


Non Series

  • Deceit (2018)
  • Voice Of Reason (2020)
  • Outcast (2021)

The Cruel Secrets Series

  1. Cruel Secrets (2017)
  2. Wicked Lies (2018)
  3. Ugly Truth (2019)
  4. Raising A Gangster (2020)

The Hunted Trilogy

  1. The Hunted (2018)
  2. The Rules (2019)
  3. The Choice (2019)

The Ruthless Trilogy

  1. Ruthless (2016)
  2. Ruby's Palace (2017)
  3. Raw Justice (2017)

Detailed book overview

Non Series


Residing in a stunning home not far away from a council estate, Kara Bannon doesn’t know what it means to have nothing.

However, everything changes after a sinister phone call that continually rings in her mind.

In just a matter of days, Kara loses everything that is dear to her—her job, her home and Justin, the one person that she thought she could always count on.

Frightened and lonely, she makes a decision that will forever alter the course of her life.

Soon afterwards, Kara plunges into a world unlike any other: prison.

Revenge can sometimes be a bitter thing.

Author: Kerry Barnes
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0008318444
Publisher: HQ Digital
Voice Of Reason

Dionne thought that she would live the dream life once she got married to nightclub owner, Luke Mason, only for her life to turn on its head after she gave birth to twins.

When a member of the Mason family is brutally killed, Dr Renee is brought in to unravel the mystery.

A research psychiatrist by profession, Renee has for the longest time been looking into the existence of the ‘Gemini Gene’, which is allegedly harbored by very few efficient sociopaths.

But unbeknownst to her is that a dark figure is also fascinated by the gene, and the tests they are carrying out are way darker.

Author: Kerry Barnes
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1838044022
Publisher: Once Upon A Book

Upon completing his eight-year sentence for armed robbery, Mitchell Swan returns home to find his family in turmoil.
Hours later, he leaves the home with his middle son, leaving Jordan and Sonny, his oldest and youngest, with their mother.
Although raised in the same street, Eden led a very different life from the Swan brothers.
Brought up by her father, a Jehovah’s Witness elder, she went through the worst of experiences.
More troubling is that nobody believes her.
Branded an outcast, will she survive alone?

Jordan Swan desperately wants Eden for himself.
Will his motive however push him too far?

Author: Kerry Barnes
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1838044039
Publisher: Once Upon A Book

The Cruel Secrets Series

Cruel Secrets

Brought up by her devout and overbearing mother, fifteen-year-old Kelly Raven commits the biggest sin of them all.

Weighing her options, she decides to run away to the terrifying streets of London where she is welcomed with open arms by a drug dealer, two fraudsters, and a sex worker.

Unbeknownst to her is that Eddie Raven won’t let her go just like that.

Kelly is however no longer the sweet young girl, while Eddie is assuredly not the loving father.

Although she is a descendant of the Ravens, in this particular instance, family relationships and loyalties count for nothing.

Author: Kerry Barnes
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1999726249
Publisher: Once Upon A Book
Wicked Lies

Seventeen-year-old Malakai River lives in a dilapidated cottage.

When his mother abandons them and gets involved with a petty criminal in an effort to earn freedom, Malakai is forced to look after his younger sisters.

But upon returning a year later, Jean River makes two terrifying discoveries in the form of the lifeless remains of a youthful woman in her cottage, and Kelly Raven.

Determined to protect his sisters, Malakai plunges into an unfamiliar world with danger at every turn.

Before long, he discovers that he resembles his father a lot—a look that terrifies most men.

Nonetheless, that won’t stop a determined foe from destroying his family.

Author: Kerry Barnes
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1999726263
Publisher: Once Upon A Book
Ugly Truth

A thriving business, a happy family and a baby on the way; things are finally falling into place for Kelly Raven.

Her happiness is however short-lived, as she soon learns that the old firms are scheming for their downfall in an effort to avenge Eddie Raven’s vicious time at the helm.

On the loose having avoided capture, Detective Valerie Campbell can think of nothing else but vengeance.

Another member of the Raven family is out there, set on taking over Kelly’s place and controlling the empire.

However, an ugly truth is concealed underneath the masked gunman.

Could the ugly truth lead to Kelly's demise?

Author: Kerry Barnes
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1999726287
Publisher: Once Upon A Book
Raising A Gangster

Raised in a household with a truant father and an impoverished mother, Cyril Reardon knew that he had to take charge of things from an early age. He became a persuasive risk-taker from as early as eight.

While visiting the rural regions, Cyril’s life is changed after he witnesses how the wealthy live.

Although a youthful man wants to send Cyril to his grave, he ends up with a terrible wound that leaves him desperate for vengeance.

One was brought up a lord, while the other was brought up a gangster.

Only one of them will make the most out of what life gave them.

Author: Kerry Barnes
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1838044008
Publisher: Once Upon A Book

The Hunted Trilogy

The Hunted

Zara Ezra knows what it truly means to be gangster, having seen her father manage his East London firm her entire life.

And now, she is more than ready to take over the reins of power.

Mike Regan, a figure from her past, runs his own firm.

When his son is abducted amidst an intense gangland rivalry, Mike is forced to solicit the help of the Ezras in order to rescue his young son.

The opposing firm is however not going to play clean.

So when murder becomes an issue, Zara is forced to make some crucial decisions.

In her endeavor to win, will she become the predator or the prey?

Author: Kerry Barnes
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0008317843
Publisher: HQ
The Rules

“Do you play by the rules, or die following them?”

Now confined to a prison, Mike Regan is presented with the deal of a lifetime.

He will be made a free man, on the grounds that his firm must bring down the gang that is responsible for the supply of a deadly new drug in the streets.

Before long, a shocking discovery with terrible repercussions is made.

Elsewhere, Zara Ezra, Mike’s fiancé, is busy managing her firm.

When the supposed Governor however seeks to cause her downfall, Zara is forced to act swiftly.

Will it be fight or flight for her? Or will she come up with her own set of rules?

Author: Kerry Barnes
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0008336486
Publisher: HQ
The Choice

With the supposed Governor now confined in Zara’s hangar, Mike Regan and Zara Ezra can finally enjoy some peace.

Everything however changes twenty-four hours later when the Governor manages to escape.

Given what Zara forced him to do to his own son, the Governor will stop at nothing to unleash revenge.

Although they relocate the families in an effort to protect them, their safety is compromised when one of the boys mysteriously vanishes.

The Governor’s vengeance is in motion.

Zara forced the Governor to make a terrifying choice. And now, the tables have turned.

And in this case, Zara may lose the love of her life.

Author: Kerry Barnes
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0008336493
Publisher: HQ

The Ruthless Trilogy


1964: Born to a family of a notorious East End criminal, Dolly Vincent is sent away from their home for her own safety.

Mad Mick is determined to unleash vengeance, and he won’t rest until Dolly is dead.

Alienated from her loved ones, she goes on to become an accomplished advocate.

However, after defending a youthful Italian man, Dolly ends up being entangled in a secret kept by a high court justice.

Beaten within an inch of her life, she somehow manages to leave London for New York.

Although the Vincents know her whereabouts, they are completely oblivious of the truth.

1990: Francesca returns to face her past. And she isn’t alone.

Author: Kerry Barnes
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1848974975
Publisher: Olympia Publishers
Ruby's Palace

The Vincent family is opening up nightclubs all over London.

Although the O'Connell family is determined to acquire the Palaces, there is no room for gypsies in business—more so the Vincents' business.

Propelled by envy and greed, and ignoring the red flags and rumors about the vanishing of the whole McManners' family, the O'Connells devise a plan so twisted even for their own people.

Although Ruby Vincent greatly resembles her aunt Francesca, the teenager is still a descendant of Jesse Right.

Going against her family, she launches a truth-finding mission.

Will she however be ready to face the consequences of her actions?

Author: Kerry Barnes
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1848978010
Publisher: Olympia Publishers
Raw Justice

The lifeless remains of a member of the Vincent family is discovered.

Although the authorities don’t know who’s responsible, all finger point to the infamous Ruthers—a family involved in drugs and prostitution.

Upon returning to England, Dolly is determined to uncover the truth.

With the full support of her family, she won’t stop until vengeance is enacted.

But in her quest, Dolly discovers a dark secret within the judiciary; one far more devastating than she could have expected.

The 'Gentlemen's Club' will send shivers down her spine.

However, an experienced Dolly will unleash ruthlessness now more than ever.

No prisoners will be taken.

Author: Kerry Barnes
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1999726201
Publisher: Once Upon A Book