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A J McDine





An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist

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The harsh light streams into the living room. On the worn rug sits an out-of-place wooden drawer and swaddled inside, with rosy cheeks and large round eyes, a baby looks up at me. A shiver runs through me. It’s all I’ve ever wanted, but this baby is not mine…

Rocking the small bundle in my arms, I’m reminded of a time when I’d pictured tiny booties in every version of my future. The day I was told I’d never have a baby, the ground fell from beneath me. Could this be my one chance to become a mother?

As the sun sets, the baby begins to stir. His peaceful sleep disturbed by the sound of keys rattling against the front door. Frozen in panic, and with my heart pounding in my chest, I don’t have time to think before my husband, Miles, appears in the doorway. His face contorts in shock glimpsing the child cradled against my chest.

I hear his questions, but I can’t answer them. The truth is, I really don’t know what happened.

Did I steal the baby from a loving mother, or did I do it to protect him? And when dawn breaks, will I give him back?

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 five psychological thrillers: When She Finds YouShould Have Known BetterNo One I KnewThe Promise You Made and The Invite.

My sixth thriller, The Baby, will be published by Bookouture on 23 April 2024. You can pre order your copy here.

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