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Paula Daly is a British author of suspense, mystery and thriller novels.

Born in Lancashire, England, Paula worked as a freelance physiotherapist prior to becoming a writer.

Her busy schedule and demanding nature of her work however made Paula fear for the worst in as far as her health was concerned.

Moving to France for a year with her husband, a rugby league referee and former player, Paula slowly found herself writing. It was certainly better than spending the whole day listening to other people’s problems.

So when her debut novel, Just What Kind of Mother Are You? (2013), sparked a bidding war among publishing houses, Paula knew that she had found her true calling.

Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award, her books have been developed for the ITV series, Deep Water, starring Anna Friel.

Paula lives in the Lake District, Cumbria with her beloved husband, three lovely children and whippet Skippy.

More about Paula Daly

Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

United Kingdom

Non Series

  • Just What Kind of Mother Are You? (2013)
  • Keep Your Friends Close (2014)
  • The Mistake I Made (2015)
  • The Trophy Child (2017)
  • Open Your Eyes (2018)
  • Clear My Name (2019)


  1. No Remorse (2014)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

Lisa Kallisto is doing her best to juggle the demands of an overburdened life: she holds down a busy job running an animal shelter, cares for three demanding children, and worries that her husband isn't getting enough TLC.

During an incredibly hectic week, Lisa takes her eye off the ball for just a moment, and her whole world descends into a nightmare. Her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter goes missing, and it's all Lisa's fault.

Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and having been publicly blamed, Lisa sets out to right her wrong. But as she begins digging beneath the surface, Lisa learns that everything is not quite what it first appears to be.

Deep Water (Mini series)
Director: Jim Loach, Al Mackay, Harry Wootliff
Cast: Anna Friel, Rosalind Eleazar, Sinéad Keenan, Rico Canadinhas, Alastair Mackenzie, Faye Marsay, Leo Ashton
Author: Paula Daly
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0802122810
Publisher: Grove Press
Keep Your Friends Close

Natty and Sean Wainwright have a rock-solid marriage with two teenage daughters, a successful hotel business, and a beautiful house. When their youngest daughter falls ill on an overseas school trip, Natty rushes to her side. Luckily, Natty’s best friend, Eve Dalladay, is visiting and offers to stay with Sean to lend a hand in the Wainwright household. But Natty comes home to find that Eve has taken to family life a little too well: Sean has fallen in love with her. With no choice but to put on a brave face, Natty attempts to set her life straight again but Eve is always there to knock her down.

Then Natty receives an anonymous note that reveals Eve to be a serial mistress. She’s done this before—and the consequences were fatal. Now Natty must navigate through a treacherous maze of secrets that jeopardizes her life and the safety of her loved ones.

Author: Paula Daly
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0802124166
Publisher: Grove Press
The Mistake I Made

Single mother Roz has reached breaking-point. After the dissolution of her marriage, her business has gone under, debts are racking up, the rent is late again, and she's struggling to provide for her nine-year-old son, who is starting to misbehave in school. When she returns home from work one day to find an eviction notice, she has two weeks to come up with a solution before they're kicked out. Roz is in trouble, real trouble, and she doesn't know where to turn. Then an unusual opportunity presents itself.

At her sister's birthday party, Roz meets Scott Elias—wealthy, powerful, and very married—and she leaves an indelible impression on him. So much so that he tracks her down and makes her an offer: to spend the night with him . . . for money. He wants no-strings-attached intimacy and can guarantee total discretion.

With that kind of cash, Roz could clear her debts and get her life back on track. But how much is Roz willing to compromise in order to keep her family safe? As the seemingly straightforward arrangement grows ever complicated, Scott becomes obsessive and dangerously controlling, and Roz is forced to do things she never thought herself capable of in order to safeguard her life.

Deep Water (Mini series)
Director: Jim Loach, Al Mackay, Harry Wootliff
Cast: Anna Friel, Rosalind Eleazar, Sinéad Keenan, Rico Canadinhas, Alastair Mackenzie, Faye Marsay, Leo Ashton
Author: Paula Daly
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0802125699
Publisher: Grove Press
The Trophy Child

Karen Bloom expects perfection. Her son, Ewan, has been something of a disappointment and she won't be making the same mistake again with her beloved, talented child, Bronte.

Bronte's every waking hour will be spent at music lessons and dance classes, doing extra schoolwork and whatever it takes to excel.

But as Karen pushes Bronte to the brink, the rest of the family crumbles. Karen's husband, Noel, is losing himself in work, and his teenage daughter from his first marriage, Verity, is becoming ever more volatile. The family is dangerously near breaking point.

Karen would know when to stop...wouldn't she?

Author: Paula Daly
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0552171632
Publisher: Random House
Open Your Eyes

Jane Campbell avoids confrontation at any costs. Given the choice, she’ll always let her husband, Leon―a bestselling crime writer―take the lead, while she focuses on her two precious young children and her job as a creative writing teacher. After she receives another rejection for her novel, Leon urges Jane to put her hobby to rest. And why shouldn’t she, when through Jane’s rose-tinted glasses, they appear to have the perfect house and the perfect life?

But then Leon is brutally attacked in their driveway while their children wait quietly in the car, and suddenly, their perfect life becomes the stuff of nightmares. Who would commit such a hateful offense in broad daylight?

With her husband in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, as well as the secrets that have been kept from her. Although she might not like what she sees, if she’s committed to discovering who hurt her husband―and why―Jane must take matters into her own hands.

Author: Paula Daly
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0802147226
Publisher: Grove Press
Clear My Name


When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband’s lover, she denied it. She denied it when they arrested her, when they put her in front of a jury, and when they sent her to prison.

Now she’s three years into a fifteen-year sentence, away from the daughter she loves and the life she had built. And she is still denying that she is to blame.


Tess Gilroy has devoted her life to righting wrongs. Through her job for Innocence UK, a charity which takes on alleged miscarriages of justice, she works tirelessly to uncover the truth.

But when she is asked to take Carrie’s case, Tess realizes that if she is to help this woman, she must risk uncovering the secrets she has struggled a lifetime to hide...

We’ve all done things we’re not proud of.

Author: Paula Daly
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0552174244
Publisher: Corgi Books


No Remorse

What would you risk for the one you love?

Catherine has returned to the sleepy Lake District town of Windermere, after ten years away. Once successful and wealthy, she’s shunned by her old friends and desperate for work.

But there’s someone that’s keeping her here...and something that she’s got to do before she leaves for ever...

Author: Paula Daly
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00HW6WMNS
Publisher: Transworld Digital