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A J McDine





An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist

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There’s a baby in your house. It isn’t yours…

The day I was told I’d never be able to have a child, my world came crashing down. My husband says he still loves me but I lie awake at night, wishing we could have a family.

One morning, my husband’s side of the bed is cold and empty. I hear a noise and head downstairs. In the middle of the rug in my living room is a wooden drawer. Swaddled inside, with perfect rosy cheeks and beautiful round blue eyes, a baby gazes up at me.

I shiver. It’s all I’ve ever wanted, but this baby is not mine…


‘Wow, where do I even begin?!… gripped me from the very first page to the last!… highly addictive… literally impossible to put down!… I absolutely loved this!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

COMING 11 JULY 2024!

I thought he was dead. Until I saw him staring back at me…

Ten years have passed since my beloved sister was murdered, leaving behind her sweet five-year-old daughter, Lily.

I’m trying my best to care for Lily and salvage what’s left of our shattered family. I promised to keep her safe after all she’s been through, and after a lot of challenges, I hope she might be starting to lead a normal life again.

But then I see a face in a photo I took just yesterday that turns my blood to ice. I tell myself it can’t be him, but I know in my gut it is. The man my sister married. The man who killed her. The man I thought was dead…


‘I was so consumed by this book that all other commitments were shunned until I had answers!! I am still reeling from the twists I did not see coming... Highly recommend!' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Invite is the twisty, addictive new thriller by A J McDine

'A real page turner, full of twists and turns' - Amazon 5* review




Sophie Saunders has the perfect life. But there's a secret buried deep in her past that she can never forget.

Trouble is, secrets have a habit of unravelling. And when they do, you can kiss your perfect life goodbye.

Sometimes, it's better when the truth stays hidden.


'Brilliant debut novel!' - Amazon 5* review

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Kate's daughter Chloe has a new admirer, but is Kate the only one who can see the dangers?

When Chloe's life begins spiralling out of control, Kate must make a choice - trust her instincts or lose her daughter forever.

The perfect boyfriend... or the perfect liar?

'What an exceptional thriller!' - Amazon 5* review

When Cleo Cooper's daughter Immy vanishes during a family barbecue, her perfect life unravels.

Everyone thinks Immy drowned in the river at the bottom of the garden. Everyone except Cleo. Because all her instincts tell her someone took Immy. Someone she knew.

Everyone has a secret to hide.

'Gripping from start to finish' - Amazon 5* review

Rose once made a promise to help her goddaughter Eloise if she was ever in trouble.

And she meant every word... until the night Eloise turns up on her doorstep covered in blood and asking for the unthinkable.

Rose has buried secrets before. Only this time they're about to come back and haunt her.

Best friends. Broken promises. Buried secrets.

'What a great, twisty little tale.' - Jackie Kabler, USA Today bestselling author

It was an invite to die for...

When the anonymous invite arrived, we knew exactly who it was from. Elle Romero, the beautiful, charismatic Texan who burst into our lives when we were teenagers.

We'd gone our separate ways and lost touch. Until now.

Elle, the legendary prankster, has invited us all to a swanky country house for a reunion.

But when she fails to turn up to her own party, we begin to wonder if she's up to her old tricks.

And when a body turns up in the cellar, it seems this time the joke might just be on us...

what readers say

what readers say

I loved this book. It had a lot of twists and turns and the ending was a complete surprise. Loved it. One of the best written I have read.

AMAZON 5* review

It is a thoroughly entertaining story that will keep you absorbed page after page. Don't start reading the book if you're feeling a bit sleep deprived, because you will be!

AMAZON 5* review

A J McDine's debut psychological thriller certainly both gripped and tantalised me from the start. I can't wait to read more from this exciting author.

AMAZON 5* review



I live in Kent in the UK with my husband and fellow psychological thriller author, A J Wills, our sons, Oliver and Thomas, and three very demanding cats.

I worked as a journalist and police press officer before becoming a full-time author in 2019.

Endlessly fascinated by people and their fears and foibles, I love to discover what makes them tick.

I write dark, domestic thrillers about ordinary people in extraordinary situations.

When I'm not writing, playing tennis or attempting to run a 5K, I can usually be found people-watching in my favourite cafe.

I have written six psychological thrillers: When She Finds YouShould Have Known BetterNo One I KnewThe Promise You MadeThe Invite and The Baby.

My seventh thriller, The Photo, will be published by Bookouture on 11 July 2024. You can pre order your copy here.

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