Annie Ward


Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. When Ian won’t wake up. When someone shoots kids in a school.


Exploring writing therapy after a horrific camping accident, Madeline Wilson lists her worries. She gradually reveals her fear of British husband Ian, a bodyguard struggling with PTSD; her concern for the safety of their young son Charlie; and her tumultuous friendship with aid worker Jo.

Drowning, especially little Syrian kids that wash up dead on the shore. When Charlie hides from me. ISIS. 

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a terrified 911 call summons the police to a blood-splattered house.


That something is really, really wrong with me.

What in this beautiful home has gone bad?


As imaginatively constructed as it is compelling. Filled with unexpected twists, BEAUTIFUL BAD is a riveting read.

Sarah Pekkanen, New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Between Us
Sarah Pekkanen , New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Between Us


Mystery / Suspense

UK Publication

Hachette / Quercus, January 2019

US Publication

HarperCollins / Park Row, January 2019

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