Debbie Howells books in order
Debbie Howells is a British Sunday Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers and women's fiction.
Prior to launching her writing career, she worked as a long-haul cabin crew, where she trained as a pilot, and received her commercial license before qualifying as a flying instructor.
Debbie however left the aviation industry following the birth of her children.
She began a wedding flower business, Country Flowers, and used her spare time to write; self-publishing women's fiction novels prior to writing her psychological thriller, The Bones of You (2015).
Now a full-time writer, Debbie draws her inspiration from people and the diverse facets of the human experience, as well as the constantly evolving landscape.
She currently lives with her family in a tiny village in West Sussex, England.
Genres: Contemporary , Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Women's Fiction
- Wildflowers (2013)
- The Bones of You (2015)
- The Beauty of the End (2016)
- Part of the Silence (2017)
- The Death of Her (2017)
- Her Sister's Lie (2018)
- The Stepdaughter (2020)
- The Vow (2020)
- The Secret (2022)
- The Life You Left Behind (2022)
- The Girl I Used To Be (2022)
- The House Sitter (2023)
- The Shape of Your Heart (2023)
- All of Me (2023)
Detailed book overview
A heart-warming, heart-aching story about friendship and love...
There's someone out there for everyone - isn't there? Frankie Valentine absolutely knows happy ever after exists. She sees it every day, amongst her close friends and the brides that flock to her small flower shop. The only trouble is, her boyfriend Greg, isn't it... Nor are her friends' friends that they're determined to matchmake her with.
Then, one morning, looking her worst and suffering the mother of all hangovers, she meets Alex. For a moment, she wonders, if he's the one - only that too, seems to be over before it's even started. And she decides it's about time something changed.
Then out of the blue, with a huge celebrity wedding in her sights, Frankie meets Lulubelle, whose small son is very sick. And drawn into their world, nothing will ever be the same...
When Kate receives a phone call with news that Rosie Anderson is missing, she’s stunned and disturbed. Rosie is eighteen, the same age as Kate’s daughter, and a beautiful, quiet, and kind young woman. Though the locals are optimistic—girls like Rosie don’t get into real trouble—Kate’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when Rosie is found fatally beaten and stabbed.
Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwines herself with the Andersons—graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine—the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie’s life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.
"I was fourteen when I fell in love with a goddess..."
So begins the testimony of Noah Calaway, an ex-lawyer with a sideline in armchair criminal psychology. Now living an aimless life in an inherited cottage in the English countryside, Noah is haunted by the memory of the beguiling young woman who left him at the altar sixteen years earlier. Then one day he receives a troubling phone call. April, the woman he once loved, lies in a coma, the victim of an apparent overdose--and the lead suspect in a brutal murder. Deep in his bones, Noah believes that April is innocent. Then again, he also believed they would spend the rest of their lives together.
While Noah searches for evidence that will clear April's name, a teenager named Ella begins to sift through the secrets of her own painful family history. The same age as April was when Noah first met her, Ella harbors a revelation that could be the key to solving the murder. As the two stories converge, there are shocking consequences when at last, the truth emerges.
Or so everyone believes...
A blighted memory. A child who seems never to have existed. A watcher in the shadows.
When they find Evie Sherman, battered and left for dead in a maize field, the young woman has no recollection of who she is. After three days in a hospital bed, the fog in her head begins to lift, and she remembers two names: her own, and that of her three-year-old daughter, Angel.
The police can find no evidence of the girl’s existence. But in the depths of her amnesiac darkness, Evie knows her daughter’s voice, her chameleon eyes, every precious hair on her head—and that Angel is in grave danger. So how can she be losing her mind?
As Evie’s grasp on reality slips away, she finds herself haunted by the same three-word warning: Trust no one. But whom is she being warned against? The police? The doctors and nurses? Or the mysterious figure who’s been watching her, who knows all her secrets, has a hidden agenda—and perhaps their own twisted version of reality.
A woman's body is discovered on a Cornish farm, battered and left for dead in a maize field. Airlifted to hospital, her life hanging in the balance, no one's sure who she is. Three days later she comes round, but her memory is damaged. She knows her name - Evie - but no more, until she remembers another name: Angel - her three-year-old daughter.
As the police circulate Evie's photo, someone recognizes her. Charlotte knew her years ago at school, when another child went missing: Leah Danning, who vanished whilst in Evie's care.
When the police search Evie's home, there's no sign of Angel. More disturbingly, there's no evidence that she ever lived there, forcing the police to question whether Evie's having some kind of breakdown.
But even from the darkest place she's ever known, Evie believes her daughter is alive. The police remain unconvinced - unaware that on the fringes of Evie's life, there's someone else. Someone hidden, watching her every move, with their own agenda and their own twisted version of reality.
Two sisters. A terrible secret. The ultimate revenge.
Hannah and her sister Nina were once close. But they’ve not been in touch for years when Hannah learns of her sister’s death. Now Hannah is left with the care of Nina’s teenage son Abe, and the memory of the appalling secret that drove the two sisters apart . . .
Bringing Abe into her home, Hannah finds him a difficult houseguest. Sullen, rude and uncooperative, Hannah tries to be understanding – after all, he’s a grieving boy. But when sinister things begin to happen, Hannah is forced to confront the possibility that Abe might also be dangerous.
How much does Abe know? And just how far is Hannah prepared to go to protect her secret?
“I live in a village of stone walls and tall trees, a place of cold hearts and secrets . . .”
When Elise Buckley moved with her family to Abingworth, it was supposed to be a new start. She hoped the little English village, with its scattering of houses, pub, and village church, wouldn’t offer enough opportunity for her doctor husband, Andrew, to continue having affairs. Apparently, she was wrong. Now Elise’s only goal is to maintain the façade of a happy homelife for their teenage daughter, Niamh.
When the body of Niamh’s best friend, Hollie, is found, the entire village is rocked. Elise, though generally distrustful since Andrew’s infidelity, believed that Hollie was loved by her father and stepmother. Yet there was something unsettling beneath the girl’s smile. As the police investigation stalls amid disjointed evidence, it’s Niamh who unknowingly holds the key . . .
Flitting between the villagers’ lives, silent and unseen, Elise is learning about the relationships and secrets that surround her—including those close to home. And as her daughter edges closer to a killer, Elise realizes that the truth may eclipse even her worst suspicions ...
Everything was perfect. And then her fiancé disappeared…
Two weeks before her wedding, a stranger stops Amy in the street and warns her she’s in danger. Then that night, Matt, her fiancé, doesn’t come home. Desperate, Amy calls the police – but when Matt fails to emerge, she’s forced to call off her wedding day.
Then another man is reported missing, by a woman called Fiona – a man meeting Matt’s description, who was about to leave his fiancée for her. He was supposed to be moving in with her – but instead, he’s vanished.
Amy refuses to believe Fiona’s lover can be her Matt – but photos prove otherwise, and it soon becomes clear that Matt has been leading a double life. As the police dig deeper, two conflicting, yet equally plausible stories emerge from two women who allegedly have never met.
The wedding day never happened. But the funeral might.
‘Everyone has secrets. And now, one of mine is yours....’
Best friends Hollie and Niamh tell each other everything. Behind the village of Abingworth’s closed doors, every family has its secrets—and their doors might hide the worst ones of all.
One day Hollie tells Niamh about a devastating discovery, swears her to secrecy, then vanishes. The villagers claim to know nothing. But when Hollie’s body is found, the police know one of their number isn’t just a liar, but a killer....
What did Hollie tell Niamh before she died? And who would kill to keep it hidden?
After all, two can keep a secret—if one of them is dead....
One missed flight.
It only takes a moment to change a life.
One year ago Casey Cassidy was happy. She had great friends, a wonderful teaching job and a busy life - until with one missed flight, everything changes.
One year later Casey knows what it means to find that once-in-a-lifetime love people dream of. But when Ben leaves, her heart is shattered.
Left facing a year of firsts without him, piecing her life back together seems impossible. But then a friend offers her a home in rural France.
In the solitude and emptiness, Casey needs to come to terms with what’s happened and find a way to move forward. She has no idea where that will take her one year later...
Marie Kondo for the soul.
Anna and Will have been passing in and out of each other’s lives since they were just teenagers.
Now 20 years later, Anna is married - she has a lovely house, a grown-up stepdaughter and a husband with a good job.
What she doesn’t have is joy. When she runs into Will it sparks something in her, a longing for the Anna she used to be.
Together they embark on a journey to find what brings them joy, to discard what doesn’t and to become the people they always wanted to be.
But in finding themselves, can they also find each other?
A scheming traveller
Across Europe, a young woman with no name and no fixed appearance hops from empty villa to vacated apartment to dormant summer house under the guise of house sitter. Her agenda? Steal from the rich, and kill anyone who gets in her way…
A grieving wife
On a stormy night in England, travelling home down narrow country lanes, a fatal car crash leaves Kat’s husband Oliver dead. But as Kat begins to mourn his loss, she discovers something that suggests she never knew her husband at all…
A plot to kill
As the people in Oliver’s life try to reconcile what they’ve found with the man they thought they knew, a very different picture begins to emerge. But is it Oliver they shouldn’t have trusted, or is someone even closer to home harboring a secret they’d kill to keep hidden…?
'When the world says “give up”, hope whispers, “try it one more time”.’
Callie’s always been the least ambitious of her sisters but also the happiest, until fate snaps her fiancé away before they can say I do.
One year later, she is still putting her life back together, but she might be ready for more. With so much life left to live, she has to find a way to be happy.
Nathan knows not everyone gets a second chance at life and he’s not going to waste his. He’s left the city behind, moved to Cornwall and is starting over. When he meets a beautiful woman at the beach it feels like fate, but her heart belongs to someone else.
Could Callie and Nathan be just what each other needs?
I always thought I was going to be a girl who did something. I was going to run my own business and find fame and fortune! Fall in love…
But here I am. Still waiting for it all to happen, sitting on the floor, surrounded by lilies and roses, trying to do my best friend’s wedding flowers because – in her words – ‘how hard can it be, Frankie?’. The answer is actually ‘very hard’ but it’s not the only thing that’s tough right now. My boyfriend won’t commit, I barely have a job, and once again I have the hangover from hell…
What I don’t know is that life’s about to throw me a curveball a new friend I will make with a beautiful, sad-eyed little boy who is so very tragically ill. I still don’t know about that heartbreak.
Even so, in this moment, I know that it’s time for some changes. Maybe it’s time to make my dreams come true? To try to become a marathon-running, healthy-living, wildly-in-love florist-to-the-stars!
Because I’m beginning to realize that you only get one chance at life. I don’t yet how you change everything, all at once, but what I do know is it all starts with me…